Any floor tile installation guide will tell you that regardless of the size of the project, preparation is the most important step. Some homeowners who are willing to spend time doing DIY work in and around the house often choose to do so because it saves them hundreds of dollars in labor costs. If you choose to do it yourself, installing floor tiles can be a simple and cost-effective project as long as you are fully prepared and understand the correct installation method.
Some materials needed for floor tile installation are: ceramic tile, tile adhesive, grout, sponge, trowel, rubber mallet, tile cutter, spirit level, mortar, and dish soap. The tiles are made of different materials, with different colors and price ranges. Most often, ceramic tiles are installed in bathrooms and vinyl tiles are an excellent choice for floors. Tile adhesive is a type of cement that is applied to the floor before the tiles are laid. This prevents the tiles from shifting and keeps them secure.
Make a plan in advance before installing tiles. Make floor plan sketches with dimensions and consider the design of the tile layout (if any). Make sure the floor is a nice, even and flat surface, you can use a spirit level to check this. If there are any loose floors, you can knock them back into place or replace them. You’ll need to buy more tiles than you need to cover the entire floor area, so make sure you buy more to avoid breakage or cracks.
Always remember to start placing tiles in the center of the room. Use a tape measure to find it, then draw the lines with chalk. After drawing the guide lines, spread some tiles from the center of the room to a wall without using glue. This will help you determine if you need to make adjustments or cut the tiles to the correct size.
Then carefully follow the packaging instructions to spread the tile adhesive onto the floor. When the glue is dry enough, you can lay the tiles on the floor, starting in the center of the room. Let it dry for more than a day before applying grout. Check with your hardware store which type of floor tile adhesive or grout is best for your room and make sure you find the best prices and discounts.
How To Lay Tile – Tools And Materials Required For Laying Ceramic Floor Tiles
An important factor in understanding how to lay tiles is having the right tools and materials for the job. There is a saying that the craftsman is only as good as his tools. This doesn’t mean you have to have the latest or most expensive model. This is only to provide suitable tools and materials for the tiling you want to do.
To lay tiles on the floor, these are the tools and materials you will need.
1. Tape measure. This is absolutely necessary. You must be able to accurately measure the area to be tiled. The need for tile laying is to understand the size of the area where tiles are to be laid so that you can calculate how many tiles will be needed;
2. Good drill with rudder blade. Heavy models are preferred. You can rent one, but if you plan on laying tiles on other home decorating projects in the future, it would be wise to buy;
3. Tile or wet saw. In the same way you can rent or buy;
4. Chalkline. You have to make sure that you lay the tiles in a straight line;
5. Use a notched trowel to spread the inlay material. This creates a rib pattern and ensures a uniform thickness of the material. Choose the size of the spatula that fits the size of the tiles you are going to use;
6. Add float. This is used to force grout into the joints between tiles. The surface may be rubber or foam;
7. Tile gaskets. These are used to create uniform seams between tiles. Choose the size according to the size of the desired joint line;
8. A bucket and sponge;
9. Hardener and elastic additives. There are many curing compounds on the market. Choose a suitable ceramic floor tile. Flexible additions are essential, it can keep people from cracking when walking through the tiles;
11. If installing on a wood floor, the backsplash (a quarter inch thick). If the tiles are laid on the concrete floor, this is not required;
12. Protective equipment such as safety glasses, gloves, work clothes or old clothes, knee pads (knees are severely penalized when laying tile floors), last but not least
13. The tiles of your choice.