Installing Tile Floor

Installing Tile FloorInstalling the tile floor is a pretty easy task if you know what materials are needed and the 6-7 step procedure following up with the precautions. However, if you don’t know how to do to a tile installation service can always be called upon and you can sit back and enjoy. Anyway, a simple way of installing a floor with tiles is as follows:

Tools required

Measuring Tape, Chalk, Trowel, Level, Speed Square, Float, Grout Sponge, Spacer, Pads, Jamb Saw

Materials required

Tile, Thin-Set Mortar, Grout, Sealer

Procedure

  1. Sketching the Layout The first and most important step in the procedure is to sketch the layout. First measure each side of the tile and then the area of the total floor which is to be tiled. Dividing the whole area by the area of a single tile will help you get an estimation of how much material would you require.
  2. Surface Preparation Remove any irregularities from the floor. At some places you might need to put in a little cement while in some you will need to scrape off a little bit. The point is that the surface should be even. This step can take longer if the floor was already covered with something else. In that case carefully peel off the remnants of the previous covering.
  3. Chalking the Floor Use a chalk to lay out a tile like pattern which will later help in just putting the tile in the right spot with some adhesive on it.
  4. Laying the Tile Mix up thin-set mortar in a 5-gallon bucket using a mixing paddle chucked into a low speed drill. Follow the instructions, being sure to use the correct ratio of water to mortar mix. Make up only as much mortar mix as can be worked in 15-20 minutes. Keep a bucket of clean water and a sponge handy to wipe off any excess before it sets and to clean tools. Use a notched trowel to spread the mortar evenly on a small area where you will start laying the tile. Position the tile in the mortar along the guidelines and press into place.
  5. Alignment Use a level scale, check out the alignment of the floor and see whether you are going at the set level in a regular manner or not.
  6. Cutting the Tiles Obviously all the tiles will not fit in to the whole room. Some corners will have to be cut. Use the jamb saw to cut the tiles being placed at the corners. Do this skillfully so as to not lose the tile.

Precautionary Measures

  1. It is not all about tiling. Take care of the floor for about 24-36 hours after it has been tiled. This will help in setting the tiles and it’s a key factor in the floor durability.
  2. Make sure that you order some extra tiles because they are liable to break.
  3. Mix only that much mortar which is necessary for the next 30 minutes. If you happen to mix more, then it will lead to its drying up.
  4. Make sure that you start tiling from the center. Use knee pads to sit on the floor so that you aren’t tired out very quickly.
Well, if all is done as suggested you will find yourself looking at a floor that has been gracefully tiled just by yourself.