Ceramic tile is one of the most durable flooring options available. No wonder so many homeowners choose it for their bathroom project! Ceramic tile can be used on both the bathroom floor and the walls, creating a seamless, put together look. You can work patterns into the floors and walls to create even more interest.
Preparing to Install Ceramic Tile
There are several things you should do before you start the actual installation process. Remove the toilet and any baseboards or trim around the perimeter of your bathroom. Next remove any existing flooring and make sure your subfloor is level and smooth. Finally, be sure you have a proper backerboard and consider a moisture barrier if you are applying ceramic tile to your walls.
Determining Your Ceramic Tile Layout
The best way to get a professional looking bathroom is to measure and mark everything. Measure your tiles and calculate the way they will best fit together. Take these measurements to the floor and chalk off lines to indicate where the tiles will be and where the grout will be. This will give you a picture of how things will look, so it becomes a matter of just filling in the blanks.
Applying Mortar to Your Ceramic Tile
Start with a thinset mortar either to your subfloor or directly to the tile. Applying directly to the tile will result in a smoother finished product and may be a better choice for the novice. Be sure the application is even before pressing it firmly onto the floor. Pay close attention to the guidelines you chalked earlier.
Applying Grout to Your Ceramic Bathroom Floor
Thoroughly clean any debris from your tiles and joints. Run caulk around the perimeter of the room and at any joints such as cabinets. Apply a large amount of grout to a small area at a time and allow it to set for about 15 minutes. Then just wipe up the excess and clean with a damp sponge, being careful not to dig into the grout.
Installing ceramic tile to your bathroom wall is essentially the same process. One point of concern with walls, however, is the risk of electrocution. Please always be sure to turn off the breakers to your bathroom outlets before beginning your project.
Some ceramic tile installation tools you may need include:
• Ceramic tile cutters: You will most likely have to cut some of your tile to make them fit within the parameters of your room. Check with your local home improvement store to see if these are available to rent.
• Notched trowel: This is essential for applying your mortar to your ceramic tiles. The notches will help strengthen the bond of the mortar.
• Tape measure, chalk line, and level: Use these 3 items for proper floor preparation before installation.
Ceramic tile installation in the bathroom is something you can do!
By taking the time to fully research your project and using the proper tools and techniques, your bathroom can be just as beautiful as any professional installation at a fraction of the cost. For more information on ceramic tile installation, visit: Contempto Floor Coverings.
Allan Thomes has been a professional writer for 1 &1/2 years. He joined the THF Team in May, 2011. Along with the numerous other hobbies he enjoys, Allan spends many hours doing home remodeling projects, entertaining family and friends, and gardening.