DIY Floor Tile Installation Steps
A tile floor can be a great choice for your basement or any other part of your home. Tiles are beautiful, easy to clean and maintain, and don’t require a lot of effort to install. In addition to this, tiles can also help protect against moisture and will add an attractive visual contrast between the rest of the house and of course the floor.
There are a few steps that you can take in order to do flooring Anchorage:
Materials and Tools
Before giving you the full step-by-step breakdown, we will show you some of the tools and materials that you will need for Anchorage flooring. The tile spacers, sponge, and bucket are the tools that are needed. The materials include a thin set mortar, some grout and the tiles to be installed.
The first thing you should do is to clean up the floor and remove all the debris to ensure the floor is leveled and ready for the installation. Proceed and measure the room to locate its center. Snap two chalk lines at the center of the room.
The second step is to do a dry run. In other words, arrange the tiles across the room to know where you will start. From each wall, snap a chalk line that measures the same width of a tile. This will be your starting point.
Step 3 – Preparing the Mortar
The thin set mortar will be used for the installation. It needs to be ready. Start by pouring the full bag of the dry mortar into the bucket. Keep adding water until the mixture is wet. Don’t make it too watery though. Keep adding water and mix it until you have a creamy texture. Give the mortar 10 minutes before starting.
Step 4 – Applying the Mortar
Now that the mortar is ready, you need to begin the application. Spread the mortar on a 2” x 2” section and then wipe using the notched trowel to make it even. Do not apply the mortar on the entire floor. Just work on small sections so that it doesn’t dry up before the tiles are in place. After evenly applying the mortar, carefully place the tiles in place.
Step 5 – Cutting the Tiles
As you place the tiles in place you may reach near to the wall where a standard sized tile will not fit. You need to cut it. Measure the space between the last tile and the wall and then cut the tiles into size by using a standard tile cutter. Apply the mortar and install the smaller pieces.
Step 6 – Placers and Grouting
The next step is to now place the spacers. Spacers should be put in between every tile in order to ensure there’s a uniform distance between each of them. Once all the spacers are placed, allow the tiles about 3 days to dry before you can now begin the process of grouting. There are many different types of grout. Apply the most ideal for you, wipe off excess grout, and you are done.
Doing flooring Anchorage AK on your basement should not be a hard task. As long as you have all the tools, materials, and you follow the simple DIY guide above, it should be easy to get the job done in a matter of hours.