Installing Flooring Tiles
- Author Sonu Choudhary
- Published June 9, 2009
- Word count 849
Flooring Tile brings a texture, richness and color to a room that Linoleum has yet to truly mimic. Floor tiles can be installed in any room; they are more frequently encountered in bathrooms and kitchens. I particularly like the entrance, where they serve as transition between the outside large wooden floor or carpet rooms. They make for easy cleaning and are impervious to water.
Flooring Tiles are two types of Stoneware and porcelain. Glazed holds the most high traffic areas and porcelain works well in bathrooms. Porcelain is typically more expensive, so consider your budget and size of the area you want to tile. Tiles are in many shapes and sizes. For flooring, however, I suggest using larger tiles up to 12 "x 12".
For proper installation of the base or sub-foundation is critical. In general, it consists of "1" against-plated. Tile over linoleum or existing tile is also possible, as it is strong. I also recommend when Tiling over Linoleum that you first apply ring nails or screws 6 "in the center of the whole region. Tiles May also be installed directly on concrete. Make sure that in all cases that the floor is level and free of dust and debris prior to installation. There are leveling compounds that you can apply before applying tile if necessary.
Preparing the site
Before actually installing the tile, it is preferable to place them in the room to see how it will look. Pay special attention to how he acts against the walls, in corners and next to cabinets, tubs and toilets. The trick is to lay the tiles these large tiles which are not in highly visible locations. When you finish this, make two marks with a pencil with the most centered tile. These lines should be perpendicular to each other. Also note the wall is the most visible of all the others. Now remove the tiles. Next draw or break a line perpendicular to the wall which conforms to one of the marks you made on the ground.
Then draw a line perpendicular to that first line. This second line should be centered with the first line and fairly in accordance with the second mark you made on the ground. Once you have completed this task, re-submission of tiles along the perpendicular line and see if they manage to limit cutting and stubbed tiles. Once this is completed, remove the tiles and prepare the installation.
Installing the Tile
Again, make sure the area is free of dirt and dust. Then, apply glue or mastic Flooring floor, starting with the center, where two lines cross perpendicularly reference. Apply enough material to cover 6-10 square feet, in the absence of reductions are needed. If cuts are required limit the amount of sealant on the application of 2-4 square feet. When applying the mastic, to spread with the flat of the end of the trowel. Lay relatively thick, approximately 1 / 8 "to 3 / 16" thick. Then turn the trowel around and run the notched edge over it. This creates ridges in the mastic that helps to keep the tile more securely. The largest of the tile, the larger the notches should be. For example, using a serrated trowel 12 "x 12" tiles.
Note: Only make enough Flooring adhesive for 30 minutes, that this material tends to harden up rather quickly.
Once the glue has been applied, begin installing tile work from the center outwards. The larger tiles, you must back butter them. Basically, apply a thin layer of mastic to the back of the front to the laying of tiles on the floor. This will ensure a good connection.
As you near the walls or edges of cabinets, tubs and toilets, you need to reduce some of the tiles. I strongly recommend the use of a Wet-Saw. A Wet-Saw will allow you to make very accurate cuts, both large and small. You can also save money because you will have much less waste of tiles with bad cuts or broken tiles. Wet-saws are not expensive and once you do you see your finished product will certainly be installing more tile. Wet-saws can also be rented as a cheaper alternative.
When applying Tiles, you want to use Lugs May Lugs are effectively spacers that come in different thicknesses. I do not usually more than one space between the tiles. Employing Spacers will ensure uniformity in the spacing of your tile.
After the tile has been completely installed, allow it to sit for 24-48 hours before applying grout and walking on it. Grout comes in different colors and is very easy to install. Simply mix the grout with water or a liaison officer and apply with a rubber trowel. Run the trowel on a bias when switching on the corners of tiles.
Once the grout has been applied, immediately wipe the tile of excess cement, using a damp sponge and a bucket of water. Wait 30 minutes and again wipe the tiles at all grout residue. Wait another 60 minutes and repeat. If grout is left on the tiles to dry, you will have a lot of elbow work scraping it off.
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