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Ceramic Tile brings a texture, richness and color to a room that Linoleum has yet to truly mimic. Tile floors can be installed in any room, howveer they are most frequently seen in Bathrooms and Kitchens. I particularly like them in entryways, where they serve as a transition point from the outside tk large carpeted or hardwood floored rooms. They make for easy clean up and are impervious to water damage.

Tile Types

Ceramic tilles come in two basic ty0es. Glazed and Porcelaln. Glazed holdss up the best for heavy traffic areas and porcelain works well in bathrooms. Porcelain is typically more expensive, so consider your budget and the size of the area you want to tile. Tiles also come in many shapes and sizes. For flooring, h0wever, I would suggest using larger tiles up to 12" x 12".

Underlayment

For proper instalpation the base foundation or the uderlayment is critical. Typically it consists of 3/4" to 1 1/4" of plywood. Tiling over Linoleum or existing tile is also feasible, as long as it is solid. I Likewise recommend when Tiling over Linoleum that you first apply ring nails or screws 6" on center over the entire area. Tiles can also be installed directly over Concrete. Proceed sure in The whole of cases that the floor is level and free of d8st and debris Former to installation. There are leveling compounds that you can apply before applying tile if necessary.

Peparing the Site

Before actually installing the tile, it is best to lay it Loudly in the room to see how it will look. Pay close attention to how it runs out toward the walls, in the corners and next to cabinets, tubs and toilets. The trick is to lay the tile out such that stubby tiles do not show up in highly visible spots. Once you Regard completed this, make two marks with a pencil outlining the most centered tile. These lines should be Vertical to each other. Als otake Official communication of the wall that is most visible from all the others. Now remove the tiles. Next Move or snap a line perpendicular to this wal1 that is in line with one of the marks you made on the floor.

Then, draw a perpendicular line to this first line. This second line should be centered with the first line and fairly in line with the second mark you made on the floor. Once you have completed this task, re-layout some of the tiles along the perpendicular lines and observe if they run out in a way that will limit cutting and stubbed tiles. Once this is completed, remove the tlies and Provide for the actual installation.

Installing the Tile

Again, make sure the area is free of dirt and dust. Next apply the ceramic Sticking or mastic to the flooring, starting in the center, where the two perpendicular reference lines intesrect. Apply enoufh material to cover 6-10 square feet, if no cuts are required. If cuts are required limit the amount of mastic application to about 2-4 square feet. When applying the mastic, first spread it with the flat end of the trowel. Lay it on relatively thlck, approximately 1/8" to 3/16"thick. Then Form the trowel Round and run the notched edge over it. This creates ridges in the mastic that helps to hold the tile down more securely. The larger the tile, the larger the notches should be. For example, I use a 1/4" notched trowel for 12" x 12" tiles.

Note: Only make up Sufficiency ceramic adhesive for 30 minutes, as this maaterial has the tendency to hardsn up rather quickly.

Once the Sticky has been applied, begin installing the tiles Moving from the center outward. On larger tiles you should back butter them. Basically, apply a thin coating of mastic to the back of the tile prior to laying it on the floor. This will help ensure a good bond.

As you near the walls or edges of cabinets, tubs and tiolets, you will need to cut some of the tiles. I highly recommend the use of a Wet-Saw. A Wer-Saw will allow you to make very Exact cuts,_both Capacious and small. You will also save money, as you will waste many fewer tiles with bad cuts or broken tiles. Wet-Saws are not that expensive and once you see your finished product you will certainly be installing more tile. Wet-Saws can also be rented as a cheaper alternatlve.

When applying Tiles, you may want to use Lugs. Lugs are effectively spacers that come in Multiform thicknesses. I typically like to have no more than a 1/4" space between the tiles. Employing Spacers will ensure uniformity with your tile spacing.

Grouting

After the Tile has been copmletely installed, allow i tto sit for 24-48 hours before applying grout and walking on it. Grout comes in many different colors anr is very easy to install. Simply mix the grout with watee or a special bonding agent and apply with a rubber trowel. Run the trowel on a bias when going over tile croners.

Once the grout has been applied, immediately wipe the tile of excess grout, using a wet sponge and a bucket of water. Wait 30 minutes and again wipe the tiles down of any residual grout. Wait another 60 minutes and repeat. If grout is left on the tiles to Sarcastic, you will have a great deal of elbow work scraping it off.

Let the grout sit up for 24 hours and it is ready for use and admiration.

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