When calculating the cost of installing floor tiles, there are a few basic things to consider. First of all, what kind of subfloor do you have? The subfloor is the surface under all the objects you walk on. Usually it is concrete (called board) or wooden slats or plywood (foundation) above the ground. Both types require some very special materials and techniques to obtain beautiful and durable tiling. In this article, we introduce raised foundations.
The problem with installing tile on wood is that wood is flexible and can bend, while tiles don’t. If you don’t prepare the floor correctly, your tiles will loosen as the floor deforms and the temperature changes. To avoid this, we need to put a solid base on the subfloor. It’s usually a good idea to start with plywood, especially if the subfloor is uneven or cracked. Cut the plywood to fit the corners and fixtures, then screw it to the subfloor every 6 to 8 inches.
On top of the plywood is the back panel. The two brands you might see are Wonder Board and Hardy Backer. The backing board is attached to the subfloor or plywood with special screws, so don’t forget to put a few boxes.
Use Thinset mortar and tile gasket
To fix the tiles to the backing plate, use a thin mortar. (Note: If you want a sturdier floor, add a thin sheet between the back panel and the plywood before securing.) It is white or gray in powder or premixed form. Pre-mixing is much easier for small tiling jobs, but if you’re laying a large number of tiles, the cost is high. Use rubber gaskets between tiles to keep your grout line even.
After the tiles have poured in and cured, add tile grout. The tile grout looks like fine sand, mixed with water and pressed between the tiles. After all these settings and curing, it may be necessary or desirable to seal the tiles and/or grout. Some sealants come in an aerosol, others are applied with a cloth.
Requirements for laying floor tiles
We’re not done yet. You have to use different tools to accomplish this task. If you don’t own them, you’ll need to borrow, buy, or rent them to get the job done. You will need a saw to cut the plywood, a screw gun or drill to join the plywood to the backing board, and a scribing tool to cut the backing board. The notched spatula is used to apply thin slabs (the notches are square, not triangular, and their size will depend on the size of the tiles.) You must use a tile saw as the tiles must fit around the cabinets, fixtures and fittings. be cut the tile walls. Renting saws is much better than buying saws, because saws are expensive. A grout float and gasket remover completes the tool list. The last two are quite cheap, so it won’t be a big deal to buy them.
Delivery list for floor tile installation
This supply list may vary depending on the specific type of tile and grout you are installing and the type of subfloor you have:
Tile saws (these can be purchased or rented)
Plywood (repair/replace damaged subfloor)
Wood saw (if the subfloor needs to be repaired)
Screw gun or electric drill
Wood screws, sheet metal screws
Rubber tile gasket
Notch spatula (square notch for thin coating applications)
Grout and tile sealant
Vessel (for mixing sludge and/or tile grout)
In many cases, major home improvement centers offer courses and tool rentals, as well as help with material selection. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and take notes. Installing beautiful new ceramic floor tiles can pay off while adding value to your home.