Ceramic tile, whether in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry or other rooms, can be easily installed with little to no prior tiling experience. With these simple tips and professional advice for installing ceramic tile, you’ll be a ceramic tile master. The majority of ceramic tile works consists of 80 percent preparation and 20 percent labor. By correctly positioning and marking tile layouts prior to installation, you can save yourself some big problems in the future. Following these steps will set you in the right direction for installing ceramic tile.
Choosing the Tile While this process seems pretty cut and dry, it is however a complicated and time consuming adventure that should not be underestimated. This is one of the most important tips for installing ceramic tile. Choosing a ceramic tile that fits your style as well as your budget can be a daunting task. With so many choices ranging in color, sizes, styles and prices it is important to set enough time aside for selecting ceramic tile.
Catalogs, online shopping, tile supply warehouses and home improvement centers are a few of the many places to begin your search for the perfect ceramic tile. But tile isn’t the only important factor when purchasing materials. Grout, tile mastic, spacers, tools and cementious backer boards are just a few of the basic supplies that are need prior to ceramic tile installation.
Transporting the materials is your next biggest concern. Many large home improvement centers and lumber yards deliver, but only if the minimum amount has been spent, otherwise they may charge for delivery. If you’re buying from a tile supply, they typically don’t deliver at all, so you’ll need to find a good set of wheels to haul all of this extremely heavy stuff back to the jobsite.
Installation Basics Prior to installing ceramic tile in wet areas, the area that the tile is to be applied to must be waterproofed. A basic underlayment of cementious board or other tile underlayment products prevents moisture from penetrating where it’s not supposed to be. Always secure underlayment with the proper corrosion-free attachments.
Many underlayments allow for a variety of mastics, adhesives and thin set to adhere to it’s and the ceramic tiles surface. Choosing the correct adhesive can make or break your ceramic tile project. Always ask a sales associate about the materials that you need to finish the job right.
Before you attach any tile, a proper layout must be made. Centering tile both vertically and horizontally ensures an even and uniform look to ceramic tiles. Layout the area ceramic tile is going to be applied to, then work your way up a little at a time. This way you can still see your layout all the way to the end.