How to Install Ceramic Kitchen Floor Tiles
Installing ceramic kitchen floor tiles is not as difficult as you may think. Ceramic tiles are gorgeous and can be an excellent addition to your home, adding to its style and elegance. Ceramic tiles require some sort of maintenance but they are beautiful, stylish and elegant. The project requires some serious preparation, but if you follow certain rules and tips you will be able to complete it on your own, adding a personal touch to your kitchen. Here are the necessary steps for the completion of the project.
Step 1 – Preparation
Preparation of the project is the most important step when installing any type of tiles. The floor has to be even and level. The subfloor has to be at least 1 inch thick to provide proper support. If you already have flooring made of linoleum or vinyl, you should either remove it, or create an underlayment that will ensure that the tiles are in good condition. The best idea is to install backer boards made of concrete and fiberglass, because they are water resistant and are therefore ideal for the kitchen.
Step 2 – Install the Backer Boards
Installing the backer boards is not difficult. Once you have made your floor flat and level, you can take the mortar and mix it, until it becomes creamy. Use the trowel to cover the floor with the mortar adhesive. Keep in mind that you need to work fast in order to take advantage of the wet mortar. Once it gets dry and solid there is not much you can do. When you cover the areas you want with the mortar, place the backer boards steadily and firmly over it. Press them for a while and let them dry. If there are any gaps between the boards, fill them with mortar.
Step 3 – Create the Tiles Layout
Creating the layout and plan of tile installation is important because it will help you determine the installation pattern and will also prevent unnecessary mistakes. Make the reference lines on the backer boards and take a row of tiles to test the layout you have created. Since you are not installing the tiles yet you can make any change and adjustment you want.
Step 4 – Install the Tiles
Take the ceramic tiles out of their box. Mix the rest of the mortar and place it on the boards using the trowel. Keep in mind that you have to work fast because if you need to make any adjustments, the mortar has to be still wet. Install the first row of tiles as you did with the layout test and if everything is ok install the second row perpendicular to the first. Follow the same pattern until you cover the entire area. If you need to cut any tiles – close to appliances or kitchen furniture - use a wet saw which can help you cut the ceramic tiles in no time. Once you are done, clean any mortar off the tiles and apply the grout.