Using a Laser Level For Tiling
Tiling a room can be a daunting task. But it does not need to be. One of the main things to get right is to get the tiles straight on the wall. Those perfect tiles you bought will look awful if not put on your walls neatly inline.
This is where a laser level is useful. A laser level tool should make your job of tiling easier. It should also help you get better results from your tiling work. If the laser level does not help you, then it is a waste of money.
So how do you choose the right laser level for tiling?
I have short listed some of the best laser levels for tiling that I know of. Laser levels that should make your tiling work quicker, easier and help you produce better results.
You should also choose the laser level that will fulfil all your needs. I can recommend laser levels to you, but only you can make the right choice for yourself. The purpose of this article is to help you make the right choice for yourself. Hopefully avoiding choosing the wrong laser level and wasting your money. The right laser level should add value to either yourself or your business.
Do you need a laser level for tiling?
A laser line level will give you the best start to your tiling job. The best laser levels for tiling work will give both horizontal and vertical lines for you to work too. These lines will be clear, easy to see and should extend around most of the room to be tiled. A laser level for tiling should make the job of tiling easier and ultimately produce better results from your work.
What should you look for in a laser level for tiling?
When selecting the right laser level for tiling you should ensure that it has certain features and fulfils certain criteria. The laser level should as a minimum have the following features:
- Produce Horizontal and Vertical Lines.
- Span most of the room with the laser beam.
- Have a laser beam bright enough to see on the wall.
- Be self-levelling.
In addition to the above features, it would be desirable to have the following:
- 360Degree laser lines.
- Have a stand or a tripod.
- Be able to match slope lines.
What laser levels for tiling are on the shortlist?
Taking into consideration the above factors the list of laser levels for tiling that I can recommend is as follows:
- Leica Lino L2-1 Crossline laser.
- Bosch PLL360 Crossline laser.
- Dewalt DW088CG-XJ Crossline laser.
- Hychika Crossline laser.
- Huepar 621CG Crossline laser.
What is the best laser level for tiling?
Ultimately, the best laser level for tiling is the one that best suits your needs. A professional tiler would not want the cheapest laser level on the market. And similarly, a person doing one room would not need the expense of a professional laser level. With this in mind, I have suggested the ones I think would suit best for certain criteria. All these laser levels that have been suggested are ones that I would buy myself.
Best Tile Laser Level for the Professional Tiler.
This has to be the Leica Lino L2-1. The professional tiler needs to be able to depend on their tools. Leica have been producing surveying equipment for many years. All of their products are made to high standards.
With a quoted accuracy for the Leica Lino L2-1 at +/- 0.2mm/m this is one of the most accurate line lasers available. In real world terms that means that at 10m from the Lino L2-1 you should expect the line to be less than 2mm either above or below the level of the instrument. The Leica Lino L2-1 is incredibly easy to setup and use thanks to its self-levelling feature. The operating range of the Leica Lino L2-1 is 25m without the optional receiver. This should be more than enough for even the largest of rooms. The Leica Lino L2-1 has an IP54 rating. This means that it is partially protected from dust that may harm the Lino L2-1 and can also withstand splashes of water from all directions. All Leica Lino L2-1 laser levels come with a 2-year warranty as standard. If you register your Leica Lino L2-1 within 2 weeks of purchase, then this warranty can be extended an additional year to a total of 3 years. As standard the Leica Lino L2-1 uses 3 AA batteries, but there is a Li-Ion battery pack available for the Leica Lino L2-1.
The Leica Lino L2-1 is not only suitable for tiling jobs. There is a full review of the Leica Lino L2-1 on this website. Follow this link to the Leica Lino L2-1 Review.
Also, worth considering for the Professional Tiler would be the Dewalt DW088CG-XJ crossline laser or the Bosch PLL360 crossline laser. These two crossline lasers are similar to the Leica Lino L2-1 but are sometimes a cheaper alternative. The Dewalt uses a green laser light which is sometimes easier to see.
Best Tile Laser Level for the DIY Tiler.
The Hychika Crossline laser is ideal for the DIYer. The cheapest decent crossline laser, but still fit to do the job. I have chosen this one as I think it is cheap enough to be of value for one tiling job. But that is not say that when you have finished tiling your room there are no other applications that this laser level can help you with.
The Hychika crossline laser is easy to setup and use thanks to its self-levelling feature. The unit will self-level anywhere up to 4degrees from horizontal. The red laser beam can project up to 15m. The width of the laser beam is just 3mm. The Hychika crossline laser unit only weighs 235grams. It uses 2 AA batteries which should provide 20Hrs of use.
The Hychika crossline laser quotes 360degree rotation. This is not from the laser beam. To get a full 360degree line around your room you need to rotate the unit. The pendulum levelling action can also be locked so that the laser lines can be set to match a slope of your liking.
The Hychika crossline laser is ideal for home use. Not expensive and versatile enough for other projects to.
A Crossline Laser for Tiling worth considering.
If you are DIYer that want’s something better than the Hychika, or a professional tiler that finds the Leica to expensive then the Huepar 621CG crossline laser is worth considering.
The Huepar 621CG is more accurate than the Hychika with a quoted accuracy of 0.3mm per metre. It also has a green laser beam which can be easier to see. With the pulse mode enabled on the laser it is possible to get a range of 50m. This crossline laser is self-levelling, so it is easy to setup. As is standard with most of these lasers, the self-levelling range is 4 degrees. The standard guarantee with the Huepar is only 1 year, but this can be extended if you become a royal customer by registering your device.
Hopefully this article has helped you choose a crossline laser for your tiling job. There are lots of these laser levels available and choosing the right one can be difficult. With any levelling equipment, I find it always best to go with the best one you can afford. I would recommend the Leica laser as I have owned and used several Leica lasers and survey equipment for numerous years.