Installing Ceramic Tile

Videos, sites, books and pictures, all provide a great assistance level for people who'd rather start installing ceramic tile on their own than hire a professional. Beyond money and time considerations, installing ceramic tile the amateurish-way is both challenging and risky: before actually laying the tiles you'll have to prepare the surface and cut the tiles so that they may match in the right place. Failure to complete all these steps successfully may result in the future deterioration of the tiles by cracks, chipping or even dislocation. Therefore, unless you are absolutely sure you can do the job, don't commit yourself to it!

Once you have decided the tile size you want to use for the project, make sure that the pieces are well cut properly by the manufacturer. It often happens that tile models sold for lower prices should be improperly sized or have structural flaws; hence, it's safer to pay a few extra bucks per square meter, than buy poor quality stuff. Installing ceramic tile on your own will often force you to look or ask for help from the more experienced; check for tips and words of advice that can actually prove incredibly valuable for the whole process. Here are some things to consider!

Patterns and design are often a challenge for anyone installing ceramic tile alone; as a general rule you should create some paper tiles of the exact size of the real ones, they will help you better space the tiling. Depending on the design you have in mind, use different colors to see the “preview” take shape. Tile quantities could be a problem if you don't calculate the potential wasted material that gets broken, chipped or destroyed accidentally. The use of the adhesive or the mortar is one other challenge you'll have to face; choose only the substance that matches the type of surface on which you install the tiles.

When installing ceramic tile do not prepare more adhesive mix than you can use within thirty minutes. Read carefully the instructions on the mortar package and see what type of trowel should be used for the operation as such. After the adhesive gets in the ridges, remove the excess immediately as it is very difficult to clean it if it dries. Moreover, do not spread more adhesive than you can set in a quarter of an hour since the tiles won't be well fixed at all if the surface beneath is already dry. To make sure that you stick to a regular pattern and that the space between the tiles is always the same, use some spacers after setting every item.