Porcelain Tile Installation on Concrete

What You'll Need
Porcelain tile
Grout float
Wet saw
Tile spacers
Tape measure
Self-leveling compound
Chalk line

When planning a porcelain tile installation on a concrete floor, you will need to prepare carefully and take your time to get the job done right. mind. Your goal is to have a beautiful floor that will last for many years into the future. Here are the basics of a porcelain tile installation and how to do it correctly.

Step 1: Getting Ready

Before you can install the porcelain tile, you need to get the room ready for installation. This is going to require you to move any of the furniture or personal belongings that are in the room. You will also need to pull up any existing flooring and take off the baseboards. If you have an uneven concrete floor, you may need to use some self-leveling compound to level it out.

Step 2: Determining Where to Lay

You will then need to determine where you are going to start laying the tile. In most cases, you'll want to start laying the tile in the center of the room for a professional look. To center the tile, you need to find the center point of the room. Use your tape measure to find the center point of each wall. Then snap a chalk line in both directions. You can then start laying the tile in the corner of where the two chalk lines meet.

Step 3: Laying the Tile

At this point, you should be ready to start laying the porcelain tile on your concrete. You will need to spread out some of the adhesive onto the concrete with a notched trowel. This is going to create ridges in the adhesive which will help the tile stick better. Press a tile down into the adhesive firmly. Then put tile spacers on all four corners of the tile. Press another tile right up against the first one and use the spacers to guide you. Continue putting tiles in this way until you get to a wall.

Step 4: Continuing the Job

When you get to a wall or cabinet, you are going to need to make a cut. You should use a wet saw for this process. Measure the right size out on the back of a tile and then cut it with your wet saw. Place the cut piece into the opening along the wall. After the tile is laid, you want to allow it to dry before moving forward.

Step 5: Finishing Up

You will then need to apply grout to the grout joints between the porcelain tile. You can install the grout with a rubber float or a trowel. You need to make sure that you fill all of the joint with grout. Then you can smooth the grout joints by cleaning them with a wet sponge. Let the grout dry overnight before walking on the floor.