By Channing Bataille. Ceramic Tile. Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 10:39:50 AM.
Installing ceramic tile flooring can be done by anyone with good sight (or glasses), who has the physical condition required to scrub, scrape, kneel, and bend. You'll need to be careful enough to handle a wet tile saw or utility knife. and patient enough to smooth mortar evenly, yet with grooves. You'll need several hours, depending on the size of the floor, and if the floor is a bathroom and you have children, a second bathroom that they can use might come in handy, as a couple of hours are required for the mortar to dry.
Though installation of ceramic tile is not a complicated task, it does involve some detailed steps such as preparing tile surface, laying out the wall, applying adhesive or mortar, setting tile, and caulking. Ceramic tile can be installed on any surface such as drywall, plaster, cement block, and even in existing ceramic tile. The surface for the tiles should be flat, smooth, and free of dust and debris. Additionally, if there is any loose paint or crack on the surface, it should be scraped off and patched with some water-proof substance. Laying out the wall is perhaps the most important step in the installation process. It includes determining the level line, planning starting point, and checking whether any irregularity has been caused by fixtures like kitchen cabinets and tubs. The next step is to evenly apply ceramic wall adhesive on the surface using a notch trowel. Pro-mastic and pro-flex platinum are the most commonly used adhesives for ceramic tiles.
Installing ceramic tile countertop includes steps such as preparing the counter surface, laying out the tiles, applying adhesives, embedding the tiles, setting the edge tile, setting and spacing tiles, setting perimeter tiles, and applying sealer and grout. Ceramic tile countertops are generally set on mortar bed or cement backer board with thin set mortar. For best results, the field tile, the trim, and accents must be carefully selected. As they are easy to clean, it is always advisable to use cement grouts and epoxy grouts. Finishes such as glazed, porcelain, quarry, and mosaic can be applied to add to the charm of ceramic tile countertops. Ceramic tile countertops have certain downsides too. Since the grout between the tiles is light color and can harbor germs, they require constant maintenance and cleaning. Ceramic tiles are prone to break, and they cannot be easily repaired.
Do not spread too much mortar at once. If the mortar dries before you can set the tile, you'll have the additional problem of removing it. When you set the tile, only a light pressure is required. Depending on the thickness of your tile, you'll have to press it into the mortar a short distance. Make sure that each tile is even with the next. Mortar will come up over the sides of the tile, but this can easily be wiped away. Avoid resting hands or arms on the tile you've set. It's going to take a couple of hours before the mortar is completely dry. Grout the ceramic tile flooring, and wipe off any grout that gets on the tile.
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