Laying Ceramic Tile

When laying the tiles you should follow the rules, they will help you to receive the appealing, functional and durable result.

Tile laying includes the following stages:

  • preparation of the surface (floor screeding formation, the walls plastering);
  • the first row location marking and supporting limiters installation;
  • laying the first row or several multidirectional;
  • rows according to the marking;
  • filling the entire square with whole tile;
  • cutting and laying tiles to fill the remaining areas;
  • grouting (planer).

The tools you need:

trowel, toothed trowel, notched trowel, rubber spatula, low marker (30-40 cm), medium level (60-80 cm), a plumb, a rubber mallet, container for a solute, Tile cutter (mechanical or electrical), pliers or wire cutters, a large needle file or a grinder.

Do not forget to decide the necessary amount of materials. To do this, you need to know the area where the tile will be placed, the tiles amount and consumables (glue, solution).

Before ceramic tiles installing you should prepare the surface. Old tiles or other floor or wall decoration must be removed. Before laying tiles on the floor the cement screeding should be done. The wall must be finished before the tile will be installed. The tile easily may be installed on moisture-resistant gypsum plasterboard. In any case, the surface must be well grounded.

The next stage is the first row tiles marking. The plastic angler or wooden batten are fixed along the ground, and this will hold on the first row. In addition, it should be set the way the tile will be installed - one after the other, with offset or diagonally.

When marking up is prepared and points are set, it is possible to lay the tiles. Tile adhesive solution is applied to the wall with toothed trowel to a depth of teeth. First put the tile on the support or on the crosses at the bottom, then put the tiles on a solution carefully. It is not necessary to press down. Slightly turning the tiles along the axis, it achieves maximum adhesion of the product with the solution. If you want to deepen tiles, use a rubber mallet.

There are crosses in the corners to keep gaps. You can start the further installation. When you have completed the first row it is the best to wait until the glue normally sets. After that it will be much easier to continue tiles installation. When the whole tiles are set, you can start cutting the missing pieces and their installation. You can use glass cutter when cutting ceramics, but it is better to apply a manual or electric tile cutter machine. Tiles marking is made considering the gaps on all sides.

In order to form a rough cut, use a manual tile cutter, clippers or an electric machine with a diamond disc. After the complete installation on the wall or floor wait for the drying of the adhesive solution. Then take all the crosses off between the tiles and made jointing planering. You can use the cement based grouting, silicone or epoxy grouting. A suitable grout in the first place is based on the color design of the selected coverage. According to the characteristics, they do not differ among themselves, except for the method of preparation and use. Before planering it is necessary to clean the surface of the tiles and the joints between them.

Using a rubber spatula, a small amount of grout is pushed inward. Putting a rubber spatula across the seam, and with the push passing on it, you can removed the excess. In this the seam is deepened and matched. Tidy up the masking tape and the remains of grout when it is completely dry. After cleaning and washing their entire tiled surface you consider the work is completed.

If you think that you don’t have enough experience or you are lack of all necessary tools, or simply have no time for such a complex operation, it is worth to consult the professionals.

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