If ceramic tile installation is a completely new experience to you then we got four easy to understand steps to get you going in the right direction. It is important to read through the steps below carefully so that you don’t get caught up in any pricey oversights that could have otherwise been easily avoided.
Choosing the right tile
It is shocking how undervalued this step has become in the installation process. It is essential that your entire ceramic tile installation is planned from beginning to end. This lays the foundation for a pristine installation with as little hiccups as possible.
Take the follow into consideration
- Appropriateness of ceramic tile type
- Pattern & color
- Size options
- Size of targeted project area (needed to figure proper amounts of tile, grout and other supplies required to complete the project)
- Types or grouts, adherents or any other products that may make installation move smoothly
Every installation or project is different and thus should be treated as such. Different applications of ceramic tile require different needs and products such as grouts or mortars. Make sure anytime a question or concern comes to mind to address it by asking suppliers for direction. These questions will in most cases save you tons of time and money by lessening the trial and error process that goes with learning any new trade or craft.
To obtain a long and lasting life on any ceramic tile installation it extremely important to properly prepare the surface in which the tiles will be set. This goes for all surfaces including but not limited to floors, walls and etc. Make sure to take the necessary time to fill in divots, level accordingly, smooth out rough spots and waterproof when applicable.
Getting this all accomplished before hand will pay off greatly in the end allowing for a smooth long lasting appearance. Unless you want to go through the painful motions of tear out and repairing down the road make sure you put in the extra time and effort to get it right from the beginning. This is without a doubt the most crucial part of a solid installation, so take your time and be very critical before moving forward.
Setting Ceramic Tile
The skills required to lay tile are more scary than difficult initially. With a little patients and just a bit of practice you can have the techniques needed all but mastered in no time. It is always best to remove all items from your project area to make sure the job goes quickly and painlessly. If any cutting of the tile is necessary make sure to wear the appropriate safety attire such as goggles, it’s simply is not worth the risk. It is also important to note that the setting process can be messy, to reduce the effects of excess dust do everything in your power to secure the area from the rest of the house. One such way to do this with little effort is to hang a large sheet of plastic to the door frame or hallways openings.
When working with adherents pay close attention and avoid allowing contact to your skin. Reading the manufacturer’s instructions will help you use the product safely and correctly. If any does come in contact with you accidentally just be sure to clean it off with water as thoroughly as possible.
Often times a spirit level is the best choice when making decisions on depth and level of your ceramic tile or spaces to ensure a consistent and equal distance throughout your project area.
As the adhesives used with your tile has fully dried and the tiles are sturdy, you can then begin implementing the final touches. The next step is to fill in all spaces with grout, paying attention to keep everything even and level, while watching closely to avoid leaving any problematic gaps during the process. The use of a rubber trowel to spread the grout is the best and most accurate tool for the job, afterwards a damp work sponge and bucket make cleaning up the excess simple and quick.
At this point the hard part is done and the only remaining step is to ensure your new installation lives a long life through proper care.