Clean, accurate and durable tile installation is much easier than it might seem at first glance. You can do it on your own, using our step-by-step guide.
Tools and materials for tile installation
You need such tools as:
- Bubble level;
- Builder’s steel plumb bob;
- Floor mortar container;
- Side cutting pliers;
- Emery cloth;
- Angle grinder.
Calculate the required quantity of consumable material. Measure the room area taking into account the tile size. Determine the number of tiles to be cut. Also, it’s necessary to take into account the presence of pipes and non-standard surfaces. Use special adhesive compositions to install tiles. Choose moisture-resistant adhesive for bathroom and kitchen. Qualitative preparation of walls reduces the consumption of glue.
Step 1: Prepare the Surface
The surface should be as ideal as possible for good tile installation. It helps in tile setting and saves you a lot of glue. Make sure that walls and floor are free of grease, soap scum and moldings. Check the doorjambs. Make sure tile has clearance when installing beneath. Such preparation will help your installation run smoothly.
Step 2: Begin Your Layout
Spread the prepared mortar on the wall with a notched trowel, and then set the tile on the previously made mark. Slightly turning the tile can achieve maximum adhesion to the wall. Don’t push the tiles with all the power. Place the tiles immediately clearly and correctly with light sliding turns. Check the laid tiles levels. Use a rubber mallet to deepen the tiles. Don’t forget to observe the gaps, focusing on crosses at the tile corners. Also, cut the tiles for the remaining small areas. Watch the tiles level. Don’t use too much mortar. Bubble level will help to determine how smooth the surface is.
Step 3: Grouting Joints
Wait until the mortar has dried completely and removed all marks. Proceed to grout after cleaning the surface. Grout can be based on cement, silicone or epoxy. Choose the right tone according to the tiles color. Install a painting tape for easy cleaning before grouting the edges. Use the rubber spatula for grouting joints. Then clean the surface and remove the painter's tape after completely drying. The correct drying time should be marked on the mortar package.
Congratulations! You have finished the tile installation.
Tile installation in British Columbia
Now you know how the tile installation. It's great if you can do all the work yourself. And if you want to turn to professionals, we will gladly help you.
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