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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 preparatory steps 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.


Preparation:
  • 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 subfloor.

  • 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 the subfloor. 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 materials are removed. You might have to lightly sand the floor to remove any excess paint. High spots can be removed with the help of a hammer and chisel.

  • Remove all baseboards and/or trim. Number the baseboards if you are removing them so 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 and sliding them under the door. If the door does not swing freely over the stacked tiles, trimming the 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 double-check this 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 the floor thoroughly, removing all loose debris and dirt to enable a robust adhesion and surface contact between the subfloor and tiles. In order to prepare your area for installation, 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 uneven, it 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 headaches later on!

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