How to install ceramic tile flooring Part 2
One thing to think about when looking to install ceramic tiles as flooring is
that you will be
changing physical makeup of your interior or exterior. This means that certain
need to be taken to ensure your success when you install ceramic tile. Overall,
it is important to
prepare the room or outdoor area for the installation. It is also important to
see to your batch of
ceramic tiles for any damage or other warranty-related issues. It is important
to make sure that
any physical obstacles are removed, and that any issues in general are resolved
before your start
laying ceramic tiles in your chosen location. Here are a few things to think
about before you�re
ready to install ceramic tiles.
Always inspect tiles upon delivery or prior to installation.
Ceramic tiles are stable flooring materials, but you should keep them in the
room for at
least 24 hours before installation to equalize the temperature of the tile and
The floor on which ceramic tile is being installed should be fixed soundly. If
you jump up
and down on the floor and it moves, the first thing you need is to stabilize
This can be done by screwing or nailing it to the joists.
Also check if the floor is flat. If not, it may be necessary to install a
plywood or masonite
underlayment. On concrete floors, make sure all paint, grease, and any other
removed. You might have to lightly sand the floor to remove any excess paint.
can be removed with the help of a hammer and chisel.
Remove all baseboards and/or trim. Number the baseboards if you are removing
that it is easy to locate and reinstall.
Check the doors for clearance. If you are installing thick tiles, the doors may
need to be
trimmed. The easy way to check it is to stack two tiles on top of one another
them under the door. If the door does not swing freely over the stacked tiles,
door may become necessary.
To install ceramic tiles outdoors, it is necessary to use tiles which absorb
less than 0.5%
water, "fully vitrified" according to international standards. Always
type of information with your sales representative, and be sure that you both
are aware of
your intended application versus the durability of the chosen tile.
Most importantly, make sure you have a clean and dust/dirt free floor. Clean
thoroughly, removing all loose debris and dirt to enable a robust adhesion and
contact between the subfloor and tiles. In order to prepare your area for
cleaning is the most important step. If there is no tile on the floor, simply
mop or scrub
the floor to clean it and remove any grease or wax build up. If the surface is
must be sanded to level it. For an already tiled floor, remove the previous
tiles, sand or
scrap it until it is smooth. Your surface is now prepared for tiling.
When looking to install ceramic tiles, looking to the above points is an
absolutely necessary step
before you begin to lay down the tile. Good preparation will save you a lot of