How to Install Ceramic Tile: 7 Tips to Help With It
Learning how to install ceramic tiles is not very difficult. We hope the following tips will help your next installation project become successful.
1. Make sure you have a flat surface. Surfaces should be completely free of debris and they should be completely flat. The last thing you want to happen is for the tiles you are installing to pop. Having a level surface is important because it will help the tiles to look level once they are installed.
2. Make sure you have the right consistency of paste. The consistency of your paste should be somewhere between a waffle batter consistency and peanut butter. Only mix the amount that you’re going to use for the next half hour. For most tiles, this will be about 3 to 4 gallons. It is best to mix it in a 5 gallon bucket. Add your mixture first, and then add water slowly, until you get the consistency that you are looking for. If your mixture starts to dry out, throw it away, and start with a fresh batch. If you are installing tiles with less than a quarter of an inch in between, you can use a non-sanded grout paste. If you’re installing tiles that are a quarter of an inch or wider, you will probably want to go with a sanded grout paste, because it is less likely to shrink over time.
3. How you start is important. Most tile installers will actually draw chalk lines across the floor to make sure they lay their tiles straight. Chalk lines are really important if you are doing a large room. They will help you keep track of how well you’re doing. Often it is easier to start installing tiles in the middle of the room, than it is to start laying them in one of the corners. The only advantage to starting in a corner is that you won’t have to cut as many tiles.
4. Make sure to have proper spacing. When you are learning how to install ceramic tile, spacing is really important. It is best to use plastic spacers to make sure the tiles get properly laid. A lot of people will put the tile down and then push it towards the place where they want. This often causes the page underneath to be uneven. When you are putting your tiles in place, it is best to slide them across the surface of an already installed tile and then let them fall into place.
Below is a video that might help you learn how to install ceramic tile. Even though learning how to install ceramic tile appears to be fairly simple, it takes the professional several years to learn the information given in this video.
5. Don’t be in a hurry when you install ceramic tile. Make sure to look over your work from a 90 degree angle to make sure all of the tiles line up. If you find a discrepancy, or if the tiles are uneven, make sure to take care of the problem as soon as you can. Even a 1/8 of an inch gap should be taken care of to keep it from getting worse.
6. Careful not to walk on the tiles until they have had a chance to dry. If you walk across your tiles, they can become displaced very easily. It is also good if you leave the spacers in place until your ceramic work or porcelain tiles have had a chance to dry.
7. After your ceramic tiles have had a chance to dry, you want to go back and make sure that all of the grout lines are completely even. Add more grout to them, if it helps them to look complete.
We hope these few simple tips will help you be successful on your ceramic tile installation.