Simplified DIY Tile Installation Guide
Posted On March 21, 2022
Installing floor tiles is relatively easy. Even if you don’t have much experience in this type of home improvement project, as long as you have the right tools and a guide, you can pretty much do it on your own. If you’re looking for ways to save on expenses when having a home renovation, doing the tile installation job on your own is a great way to cut on expenses. Here’s a simplified guide on how to install floor tiles like a pro.
Prep the Floor
Before anything else, prep the floor where you’ll be installing the tiles. Be sure that it is clean and free from debris. If there is existing flooring on the area, remove it first before laying your new tiles. If you’re installing on wooden floors, prep the subfloor first or install a concrete backer board so the tiles will hold.
Create the Layout
Having straight lines and well-cut edges are important in the beauty of your tiled surface. Plan the layout first by placing loose tiles on how you want to set them on the floor. Be sure that the tiles fit perfectly and the lines created look straight.
Mixing and Applying Mortar
Mortar serves as the floor tile adhesive. There are different types of mortar depending on what tile you need to install. However, it is pretty easy to mix them properly as long as you follow the instructions on the label.
Be sure to use the mortar within 30 minutes after mixing it with water. Apply it flat on the subfloor using a trowel and use the notch trowel to create ridges on its surface. Be sure to maintain the same thickness when applying mortar for an even floor surface.
Install the Tiles
After applying the mortar, install the tiles with a twist motion so it adheres to the surface. Gently hit it with a rubber mallet to strengthen its adhesion to the mortar. It takes some time for the mortar to dry. Leave it for at least 24 hours to cure and avoid stepping on it during the duration.
Cutting the Tiles
Tiles need to be cut in some areas so it would fit the floor perfectly. The last tile in every row is usually the one that is cut into the right size that would fit until the edge of the wall. You could use a wet saw in order to cut the tiles smoothly.
Apply Grout and Seal it
The grout is the area in between two tiles. It serves as an adhesive that holds the tiles together. Be sure to fill in all the gaps between tiles with grout and wipe away the excess on the tile surface. To maintain the color of the grout, it needs to be sealed so that water and dirt won’t absorb into it. Wait for at least 3 days to set the grout before applying the sealer.
Installing tiles is achievable as long as you know what to do and how to do it step-by-step.