Whether it is your kitchen, bathroom, or floor covering, ceramic tiles make an ideal choice for their high water resistance, simplicity, and superior durability. Many people opt for ceramic tiles for their flooring because of the glaze and beauty they add to the interior. Plus, solid colors and unique simulations of natural stone make it the top choice for countertops.
Interestingly, the installing ceramic floor tiles also qualify for a DIY that, as a homeowner, you can accomplish easily and inexpensively.
Remember that successful ceramic tile installation depends on preparation. If you have a workable layout, solid substrate, and other tools, you can install ceramic floor without help.
Let’s Plunge Into The Details And See The Steps Involved In Ceramic Floor Installation.
» Prepared Surface
The firsts step to install the ceramic floor is to make sure that your floor surface is clean, dry, smooth, or free of grease and scum. You need to level, even or repair any damaged area before laying out.
» Layout the Loose Tiles
Before you layout, the loose tiles, mark the center points of all walls with snap chalk. Make the lines intersect at the center point of the opposite walls. Once you have perfect square lines, adjust them. Now layout the tiles in both directions and leave spaces for uniform joints by using the tile spacers. You can adjust the lines in the center by snapping 1/2 tiles closer to the walls.
» Apply Adhesive
You need high-quality adhesive to stick to the substrate. But before you do that, make sure you have read all the instructions written on the mortar package. Apply ¼ coat on the surface using the recommended trowel. First, spread on the grid side and then on the other sides. You can hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle and comb adhesive into ridges. It will help you remove the extra adhesive.
» Cut Tiles
Carefully measure and cut the tiles in diagonal or straight shapes with a tile cutter. Chip away all the small pieces with a rod saw.
» Set Tiles
Start installing the tiles in the center and then work outward. Use a slight twist motion and set the rest of the tiles. When you complete the grid, tap in gently with a rubber mallet or woodblock for a good bond.
» Grout Joints
For grouting, you need to wait for at least 24 hours. Use a tile spacer and spread grout on the surface. Force down it on joints with squeegee or rubber float. It will take 15 to 20 minutes to set, but you can use a damp sponge to clear the residue.
Let it dry until it takes haze and hard forms on the surface. Then polish the surface with a cloth and rinse it again.
All in all, ceramic tiles come with a plethora of benefits and have unique and beautiful designs. The feature that sets apart from other materials is that you can install it easily. The given steps, in this regard, can help you in the installation process.
To see our Ceramic Floor Tiles selection and more information about the tiles installation, feel free to stop by one of our showrooms(s). You can contact us directly at 818.704.9222 (Canoga Park) or 310.276.9222 (Beverly Hills).