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|How To Lay Tile|
|Written by Tom|
Tile laying is a simple task but requires careful planning and near perfect execution. Because of the required planning and skills to complete this task, skilled workers are often tasked to work in laying tiles which could end up with a large bill. But on your own, you can easily lay tile in your floor even with little to no experience. You just need to have the right tools for the task to lay tiles like a professional. See also how to install a tile backsplash.
Tools for Laying Tiles
Figuring out how to install tiles could be costly if there is no proper planning involved. Accurate measurements have to be done before any installation is made. After the floor has been measured, the tiles have to be measured to determine how many tiles will be used. This is often done before any tile is purchased to avoid overspending on tiles. Contact the hardware store of the available sizes of the tiles to have a good estimate of the tiles that will be used.
The floor has to be marked with chalk or any type of marker after cleaning to determine the actual placement of tiles if possible. This is highly recommended if there are any designs to be created based on tile arrangements.
Preparing the floor where the tiles will be installed is a very important step. Without careful floor preparation, the tiles could slip off and end up cracked. In a brand new house where no tiles have been installed before, only three things have to be considered: cleanliness, dryness and the floor consistency. The floor should be clean from dust and dirt. The floor should also be dry so that the cement should work as expected. Floor consistency is also important to protect the tiles from cracking. An uneven floor will make tile installation really difficult. A level has to be used determine if the floor is even.
If tiles have to be installed as replacement for the old tiles, the floor has to be scraped completely of floor cements and other debris. As previously indicated, floor cleanliness is very essential to ensure that tiles are properly installed. After cleaning the floor, chalk could be used to outline the placement of the tiles. This has to be accurate to ensure that the floor plan is followed. This could be done by first marking the center point of the room. By measuring the center point, the center of the floor will never have to be applied with uneven tile designs just because the uniformed tiles were first installed at the side. As soon as everything has been planned out, mix the tile adhesive as directed for the floor tile installation.
You’ll be surprised that the easiest part of installation is actually on how to lay tiles. The challenge is on how to lay a tile fast enough, as soon as the adhesive is placed. You start at the center and you continue the following process until you cover the entire floor:
Usually a floor will not be a perfect fit with the tiles. The tile has to be customized based on the size needed by the floor. You can use the wet saw to do this job or a tile cutter. A wet saw could be used even for uneven edges. After cutting, be sure to clean the rough edges with sandpaper.
Tips in Applying Tiles:
The next day after tile installation, grouting is required. The first and second stages on how to lay ceramic tile floor deals with preparation and installation but grouting is the stage wherein the tiles are locked in their places for good. The grout that has to be used is a type specifically made for ceramic tiles.
Grout has to be applied to the middle of tiles one quadrant at a time. Use rubber floats for proper application and any excess grout could be removed by the same rubber grout. Expect some excess grouts so be ready with a wet sponge to clean them as soon as possible to prevent the grout from drying on top of the tile.
As soon as you’re done grouting the whole floor, clean the entire area with a sponge or a damp towel to clean all tiles. Let the tiles stay as they are for one week, only to be cleaned with a damp towel every other day. Learning how to install floor tile doesn’t really require a lot of experience. Knowing how to lay tile on any floor is very easy if the proper tools are available coupled with great planning.