Tile Floor Installation Quick Guide

Need a quick guide to tile floor installation? Friedman’s Home Improvement is here to help any tile professional or Do-It-Yourself tackle any tile floor installation. For those ready for the challenge, here are the main things to remember when doing tile floor installation:

Tip 1: Print out your quick guide.

Quick guides, like this one from Shaw Floors help keep you from getting into trouble, so go ahead and print out this helpful guide to tile floor installation: http://shawfloors.com/adx/aspx/adxGetMedia.aspx?DocID=1582

Tip 2: Prepare the sub-floor.

The first step is always the most important, and preparing the sub-floor is no exception. The subfloor must be structurally sound, rigid, smooth, flat, and free of curing compounds and waxy or oily films. Depending on your existing subfloor, you may need to lay a cement backer board before installing your tile.

Tip 3: Determine your floor layout.

In this step, you need to make sure you know the size and exact shape of the floor so you can set the tile just right. Use a chalk-line device to determine where you’ll start laying the tile.

Tip 4: Prepare your tiles.

Not all tiles are the exact same color. For the best strategy, mix up your tiles so the shades vary. If, however, you are working with patterned tile, take the time to lay them out so you get a good visual before getting started. Wise tile floor installers know what the puzzle looks like before trying to put the puzzle together, and the same goes with your floor tiles.

Tip 5: Spread thinset on the floor.

Thinset is what helps keep the tiles in place before setting them with grout. Using chalk lines as a guide, begin applying the thinset. Spread one coat using the flat side of the trowel and then immediately come back with second coat, using the notched side of the trowel.

Tip 6: Lay the tiles.

Take your time and don’t rush this process. Use spacers and edgers to make sure the tile is lining up properly. Also, don’t tile yourself into a corner, because you may ruin all your hard work before applying the grout.

Tip 7: Grouting.

Before grouting, make sure the thinset is completely dry. Usually, thinset is completely dry by the next day. When grouting, apply the grout over one small section at a time and is spread with a rubber float or a squeegee. Pull the grout firmly over the flooring surface to both push the grout into the joints and clean off most of the excess grout. Finally, use a damp sponge and very little water to rinse.

When you need help with tile floor installation, our friendly and helpful staff is always happy to be of assistance. Our Xpert Advisors can help you gather all the tiles, tools, and supplies you’ll need at Friedman’s Home Improvement.

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