To tile a large floor space, you need many pointers and tips to ensure an eye-catching result. If you are using ceramic tiles, the floor must have a rigid or smooth surface, in which case, you may need to first lay plywood or other subfloor material. By doing this, the tile supports the installation process and resists bending and cracking. Here, you will know some of the proven tile and flooring installation tips.
- The first thing that you need to do is to mark guidelines on the subfloor and do “dry rum”, during which you lay the tiles without adhesives to see how they lay and fit. For square rooms, find the center of the room and mark the guidelines from each wall. For rooms of any other shape, use a chalk line to snap a marker perpendicular to the main entrance to the room.
- From the entrance to the farthest wall, lay tiles along the line you snapped. Use a spacer to ensure equal distance between tiles.
- When you reach the end of the room and there is no longer space for a full tile, mark off the remaining space with a piece of wood or other marker. Tack this into place and continue to dry tiles in both directions to the walls on each side of the room, making a T shape with the tiles.
- For equal-sized border tiles, determine how much space you left over at the end of each tile line and shift the tiles you laid to make sure that the leftover space is equal on both sides of the room.
- Using a 1/16 notched trowel, lay a two-foot square area of adhesive in the starting corner. Follow directions on the adhesive packaging.
- As you lay down the tiles, work them into the adhesives to make sure they are flush. Keep going in two-foot increments so the adhesive doesn’t dry out.
- Roll as you go with a 150 pound roller. Keep rolling until the tile has set and completely bonded to the adhesive.
- To lay the border tile, lay another full tile over the last full tile. This is called jump scribing and denotes where you need to cut the border tile.
- Cut the border tiles with a diamond-edged wet saw.
- Lay and set the border tiles.
- Make sure to tile under heavy appliances.
- After you lay all the tiles, begin the grouting process. Mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Wipe off excess grout with a sponge and take care not to dig grout of the spaces between the tiles. In order to help the grout become a solid, mop the floor daily for three days.
The tile and flooring installation tips that are mentioned above will serve as your guide to have a successful tile installation process.