By Patrice Conte. Ceramic Tile. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 21:13:52 PM.
Installing ceramic tile floors is not as hard as it looks. With a little knowledge and an easy step-by-step guide on how to do it, you can already be tiling your way to your dream floor. Here are some basic ceramic tiling tips you can chew on when you plan on installing ceramic tile floors at your home. Knowing the kind of subfloor you'll be installing ceramic tile flooring over is important. There are three main types of subfloors you might encounter: Vinyl, plywood, and concrete floors. Installing ceramic tile flooring directly to your vinyl or linoleum subfloor surfaces is greatly discouraged. One, it may contain asbestos fibers; and two, vinyl flooring is not a solid as good ol' concrete flooring. When installing ceramic tile on vinyl, experts would recommend rough-sanding, or scarifying, the vinyl floor surface first so your tiling mortar has good grip to set on.
Measure Everything – The next step of your ceramic tile flooring installation is the accurate measuring of your floor and your tiles. This is necessary for you to be able to calculate exactly how many tiles you will need. You must measure the length and width of the section of floor you are going to tile and also the length and width of each tile. Then you must calculate, using these numbers, exactly how many tiles you are going to use, which will depend on the orientation of each tile as you have decided to place it on the floor, as well. Then you must find the mid-points of the length and the width of the floor you want to carry out your ceramic tile flooring installation process on; connect these midpoints to form a plus across the floor space. The intersection of the two lines of the plus is the center of your floor space; it is here that you must begin your ceramic tile flooring installation.
Decorative ceramic tile is used to decorate walls and floors. Walls can be decorated with these tiles in the place of wallpaper. Fireplaces and showers can be decorated with decorated tiles which increase the value of the house. Interior designers are using decorative tiles in their designs, and homeowners are learning to express their beliefs and personalities through the tiles they choose. Most tiles are exposed to dust, and they will fade over time if they are not cleaned regularly, especially those with painted images or designs. It is important to have clean ceramic tile because it keeps the family healthy and happy. In the end, it also saves on money and time, since well-groomed tiles will last longer and will need to be replaced less frequently, saving on cost, labor and annoyance.
If the floor you're covering with ceramic tile flooring is other than concrete, you'll either have to lay concrete first or lay concrete backing boards. The floor in which you'll install your ceramic tile flooring must be as even as possible. If it's not, you'll have to even it out first. Repair all holes and cracks in the floor and clean it thoroughly prior to beginning work. Once the floor is prepared and dried, you can start laying your ceramic tile flooring. It is best to lay the tile in pre-separated sections. Divide the floor into four sections. You can use grout as a line separator. Then, for each section, use a notched trowel to spread the mortar. Hold the trowel at a 45 degree angle so that it creates notches in the spread. This enables better holding when you set in the tile.
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