Aug 17, 2019 | Updated: 07:24 AM EDT

Ceramic Tiling Tips and Techniques for DIYers

Jul 15, 2019 08:48 AM EDT

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Installing ceramic tiles
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Home improvements and renovations is a way to upgrade and maintain the different parts of a house. At times, homeowners are carrying out renovation projects because a new style in architecture or interior design is on-trend. One key element that could change a room's atmosphere entirely is the flooring. While most homeowners only replace chipped off or discolored tiles, there are some that go after the new trends that are out in the market. The wide range of designs available for ceramic tiles makes it the most purchased variety. Ceramic tiles come in their standard sizes and in different colors and textures.

Many homeowners prefer to use glazed ceramic floor tiles to finish off their flooring. This is because the said finishing material's protective top coating makes the surface impervious to staining and water spills. Still, even the unglazed tiles can hold a candle against the glazed ones when it comes to toughness. 

As there are different types of floor tiles, there are also different methods of installation per type. Experts point out that proper installation of glazed ceramic floor tiles coupled with the proper manufacturing contributes to long-lasting tiled floorings.

However, proper installation takes a lot of practice and a certain skill. Experts have put together a list of techniques and tips that should be followed if a homeowner is thinking about finishing a DIY tiling project on their own.

First, experts point out the necessity to get the measurements right. A common mistake in construction is the way tiles are laid. A rule of thumb that is commonly forgotten by tile setters or even by designers is the need to reconfigure the tile layout when the tiles that meet the wall are less than half the width of a tile. It is because of this construction blunder that the proper measurement is crucial for laying tiles.

The second tip is to use a notched trowel when spreading out thin-set mortar. Experts point out that working mortar on small sections of the surface is the right procedure rather than hastily spreading the mortar on the whole surface in one go. It is recommended to work on an area such as a 3ft x 3ft section at a time.

Third, experts recommended the use of plastic tile spacers when laying down the tiles. Start laying tiles from the center, working in sections towards the end tiles. Experts remind DIYers to use a rubber mallet to gently tap each individual tile as it is positioned according to the layout. Remember, however, to take out the tile spacers at the right time. It is not recommended to grout over tile spacers

Another reminder that experts are keen on pointing out is to wipe off any stray or excess grout or debris. Doing this will produce a clean and high-quality finish for any tiled surface. Before any pressure is placed upon a tiled surface, make sure that the grout has fully set. Some experts recommend leaving the grout to cure overnight.

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