How to Install Slate Tiles on a Bathroom Wall

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What You'll Need
Slate tiles
Slate adhesive
Slate tile grout
Tile spacers
Tile cutter
Measuring tape
Marker pen
Silicone sealant and sealant gun

Slate bathroom tiles can make any bathroom look more elegant. Slate tiling has long been popular among builders and homeowners alike because it is relatively easy to install, highly durable, and very attractive.

There many colors and patterns available. The tiles normally come in 12x12-inch dimensions, which is larger than many other tiles, meaning that less work is involved to install them. Be sure to get tiling that is water resistant and suitable for the job.

Step 1 - Make Preparations

Before you begin, you need a suitable wall surface upon which to fix the tiles. Cement board is ideal. In some cases, the surface may already be adequate for installing the tiles on. Be sure that this surface is completely level and as smooth as possible.

You should first establish the height of the tiling. Bathroom tile does not normally extend to the ceiling. Many designs have narrower, patterned tiles along the border. Define the border line so that you do not have to cut any tiles to fit vertically.

Thoroughly define the tile layout before beginning. Make a horizontal line around the room. This line should correspond to a grouting joint. Mark a vertical line in the center of each wall, extending to the top of the area to be tiled.

Step 2 - Installing the Tiles

Mix the slate adhesive according to the packing instructions. Do not mix more than you are likely to use in 30 minutes. Start by tiling the bottom half of the bathroom walls. Apply a layer of adhesive on the underside of each tile and place the first tile below your horizontal reference line to the side of the vertical reference line.

Install the following tiles in a systematic manner. Use tile spacers to create an adequate gap between the tiles to keep them from slipping down before the adhesive is fully set. There should be 2 spacers placed in each vertical and horizontal gap between the tiles.

Tile spacers also help to keep an even space for grouting. Once you have completed the bottom rows of tiles, start on the upper section working with a single small area at a time. Use a specialized tile cutter to make any cuts.

Step 3 - Sealing the Tiles

The tiles will need to be left for 24 hours before you grout them. Purchase an appropriate waterproof sealant and apply it to the gaps between the tiles, removing any excess away from the surfaces of the tiles with a damp sponge. When this step is complete, the new installation should be left for several days before using the bathroom.