Brick flooring is one of the most popular trends in the flooring industry today. With brick flooring, you are getting a unique floor that does not look like everyone else's. Many people are installing brick tiles in their kitchens to give it an old-world look. Brick tiles can provide a very durable and beautiful kitchen floor. However, if you do not install it properly, it will not look as good as it should. Here are the basics of how to install brick tile on your kitchen floor.
Step 1- Determine How Much Tile You Need
Before you can start the job, you need to determine exactly how much tile you need. Start by getting the dimensions of each room that you plan to tile. Take the length and multiply it by the width. This will give you the square footage of the room. Add each room's measurements, and then add 10% for waste.
ou will need to make sure that you order the tile, the grout, tile spacers, and thinset. You can purchase at any home improvement store or specialty tile shop.
Step 2- Prepare the Sub Floor
Make sure that you have a clean and solid sub floor to work with. You can either install the tile on top of concrete or on top of concrete board if you have a wood sub floor. If you have a bare concrete floor, you are ready to begin.
If you have a wood sub floor, you need to install the concrete board before you can lay the tile. In order to install the concrete board correctly, you should mix up some thinset and apply it to the bottom. Lay the concrete board down onto the ground and then screw it down into the floor with screws.
Step 3- Lay the Tile
Once you have the sub floor ready, you can start to lay the tile. Use a trowel to spread out the thinset in an area that you want to lay tile. Do not spread out too much thinset before you are ready to use it. Lay the tiles one at a time into the thinset. Use the tile spacers to put in between each tile to get the proper distance between them.
Straight, brick, and herringbone patterns are the most common way to lay brick tiles. When you get to a wall or cabinet, you will need to cut the tile with the wet saw and then put it in place. Be sure to wear protective eye gear to avoid injury.
Step 4- Spread Grout
Once the tile is in place, you need to allow it to sit for at least 24 hours without anyone walking on it. Once it is dry, use a trowel to spread the grout into the joints between the tiles. Use a sponge to clean off the excess grout and level out the grout joints.
Step 5- Allow to Dry
Allow the grout to dry thoroughly for another 24 hours. Now your floor is ready to walk on.