Ceramic Tile Installation

If you are looking for ways to improve the beauty of your home or perhaps trying to find ways of adding value for future resell, you can never go wrong with new ceramic tile. Although there are some ceramic tile options that are very expensive, you will also find many options that fit within any budget. Therefore, if you have thought about ceramic tile before but worried you could not afford it; look at your local home improvement stores for sales or even closeout tiles.

After choosing the tile, you certainly want to make sure the ceramic installation process is done right. When buying ceramic from a flooring company, chances are they would have or could provide you with recommendations for installers. However, when buying from a home improvement store or planning to do the ceramic tile installation on your own, you need to gain some important information so the finished product not only looks great but also lasts. Sadly, when ceramic tile installation is done improperly, the floor, backsplash, or countertop will look bad but also have risk of bubbling, cracking, or simply not lasting.

Installation Factors

Ceramic tile installation involves many factors such as having a sound subfloor, using the right adhesives, setting the materials used, sealing the grout, and so on. For instance, one of the materials involved with the ceramic tile installation process is floor set mortar. Available in a variety of colors, this formula enhances the latex adhesive used, which is then applied to the concrete subfloor. The key here is to make sure floor set mortar is always used on concrete subflooring that is not only clean, but also unsealed.

Subfloor

Any ceramic tile installation starts with the subfloor, making sure it is the right material and then also properly prepared. If this foundation is inadequate, you would experience a long list of potential problems. The subfloor has to be smooth, rigid, and structurally sound. You can choose from different options from ceramic board is the most popular. The result is having a gorgeous ceramic tile floor that is comfortable to walk on and one without issues.

Actual Layout

Another aspect of ceramic tile installation is the actual layout. The great thing about using tile is that depending on the pattern, color, and texture, you can create different looks simply by the layout chosen. For instance, some people will place the tiles in a random pattern, some in a structured pattern, some squared, or perhaps installed with an angle. Regardless, the installer or you will need to have accurate floor measurements and then before permanently installing the tile, place them in various positions to find the one that enhances the room best.

Grout

Grout is an important consideration for ceramic tile installation. Grout is the substance that is seen between the tiles, working as an adhesive. You will need to choose the color of grout that matches or complements the tile and then, learn the right way to apply the grout so you end up with an even surface on which to install the tile. The easiest method is by using a rubber float and spreading the grout directly onto the ceramic tile. Once you have the spaces between the tiles filled with grout, you would then use a damp, soft sponge to wipe off the excess while smoothing out the grout line.

Tool and Materials

As with any new project, one of the most important considerations is the tools and materials used. With ceramic tile installation, the following are the different tools used for the job, whether done by a professional or as a do-it-yourself project.

  • Notched trowel
  • Grout float
  • Wet saw or tile cutter (to fit tile pieces into small or irregular spaces, the wet saw creates a perfect cut)
  • Nippers (used to finish off tile edges)
  • Sponge
  • Mixing paddle
  • Rubber mallet
  • Plastic bucket
  • Tape measure
  • Leveler