The Basics of Laying Tiles

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Tiles can provide you with a beautiful floor in any room of your house. If you are planning on laying the tile yourself, there are a number of things that you should keep in mind.

Buying Waste

Buy extra tile when you are about to install. You do not want to make the mistake of purchasing the exact square footage of the room or less. To determine how much you need, multiply the length and the width to determine the square footage of the room. Then increase that number by 10%.

When you are installing tile, you must make cuts around the outside of the room. Doing so will create some waste; make sure you have enough to finish the job. If you have to go back and buy more tile later, it may not be from the same batch, and it will look different.

Center the Room

Do not start laying the first row right up against the wall. In most cases, you should center the tile in the room. This is how most professional installers do it, and it will provide you with a much better result. To center the room, use the tape measure to determine the middle spot of each wall. Then snap a chalk line from both walls. The point where the lines cross is the center of the room. Start laying your tile at one of the corners of this intersection.

Spreading the Adhesive

When you are ready to start installing, you need to spread adhesive on the floor. Use a notched trowel so that it will create ridges in the adhesive. Press the tile into those ridges to help adhesion. Do not spread too much adhesive on the floor in a single application in order to avoid stepping or dropping something in it.

Cutting the Tile

When it comes to cutting the tile, there are a few different ways you can do it. You can use tile snippers. Tile snippers are a tool that are used like scissors to snap-off pieces of tile. For the cleanest cut possible, use a wet saw.