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How to lay out tile

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Watch video of this step. There are many types of floor tile, ranging from ceramics to clay to natural stone, and most can be successfully installed over various types of substrates, including existing tile, a mortar base, plywood subflooring or cement board.

If you lay new tile over old tile, the original tile and grout must be securely attached. Use a patching compound to fill in broken or missing tiles and any spaces in the old grout. Scuff the old tile surface with sandpaper to provide a better grip for the new adhesive or mortar.

Before you begin tiling, wash the floor with a commercial detergent such as TSP tri-sodium phosphate to remove dirt, soap film and other contaminants that could prevent adhesion. Working with mortar is more difficult, however, and requires experience to properly mix and level it on the floor.

Tile mastic, or thinset, is a premixed adhesive that is easy to use right out of the can, and it bonds well to almost any surface. It is commonly used directly on plywood or on cement board. Cement board is a highly stable, cement-based, sheet material typically reinforced with fiberglass Image 1. It is installed with special screws recommended by the manufacturer.

If you tile on plywood, a double layer of plywood with overlapped seams is recommended. Use screws to attach this layer to the floor structure Image 4.

This layer also must be adequately attached with screws, or according to the product directions. By dividing the room into quadrants, you can begin tiling from the center point using your lines as a guide. Before you apply mastic and install the tiles, do a dry run to check your layout and make any necessary adjustments Image 3. Lay out enough tiles along your lines to reach the walls in each direction.

Use plastic spacers between the tiles. Your tile supplier can recommend the correct size spacers for your tiles. If the rows end with full tiles close to the walls, you may be able to avoid making any cuts by adjusting the spacing slightly.

If the end tiles have to be cut to fit, do not use pieces that are too short — they may have a poor appearance or will not adequately bond to the subfloor, especially in doorways where there is more foot traffic. This often can be resolved by cutting the tiles at each end of the row by an equal amount.

Adjust the tiles on your centerline so that you end with at least a half-tile at entryways and other high-traffic areas. Or, start with a full tile at the main entry and let the short tiles fall at an end wall where they will be less noticeable and not subject to foot traffic.

Tiles can be cut with a manual snap cutter or with a power wet saw. A snap cutter is adequate for smaller jobs and thin tiles. It has a scoring wheel that is used to first etch a cut line and a lever press to snap-cut the tile along this line Image 1.

Because snap cutters leave a jagged edge along the break, a carborundum file or stone is used when the edges need to be smooth or dressed Image 2.

A wet saw which may be rented uses a water-cooled diamond blade to make perfectly smooth cuts in all types and sizes of tiles, including thick paving tiles, hard ceramic tiles, delicate glass or porcelain tiles, and natural stone tiles Image 3.

If you have calculated your layout correctly, you can often cut all of the required tiles for row ends and corners before you begin setting the tiles in the mastic. Compound cuts and tiles that must be cut to fit while you're working, can be measured and shaped as they are required. Use a notched trowel to spread the adhesive over the floor Image 2. Start at your layout lines and press the mastic against the floor for a good bond, then set the trowel on edge and rake the mastic to create ridges equal to the notch depth.

Be sure your layout lines remain visible. Work in an area about 3 to 4 feet square to prevent the mastic from drying as you cut and fit the tiles as needed. Some mastics have strong, noxious fumes and may be volatile, so be sure to extinguish any pilot lights and provide adequate ventilation to the work area. Begin at the intersection of your layout lines and carefully set the tiles into the adhesive Image 1.

Work from the centerlines out toward the walls, and plan your installation so you will not have to step on or disturb any of the tiles as you proceed. It helps to have two people when tiling — one to concentrate on laying and bedding the tiles, while the other provides a constant supply of loose tiles and makes cuts or retrieves tools as needed.

Use a rubber mallet, or hammer and wood block, to gently but firmly tap and bed each tile into the mastic. Do not press or shift the tiles around to avoid having the mastic squeeze up into the grout lines between the tiles.

Place plastic spacers between each tile as you proceed Image 2. The mastic will not stick to the spacers, which are easily removed before you begin grouting the joints. Use a 4-foot level, or a smaller level to ensure that the tile edges are aligned and the tiles are level across their surface Image 3. Allow the tile mastic to set for at least a day before removing the spacers and grouting the joints Image 1.

Premixed grout is easier to use than bulk grout, and it is available in a wide range of colors to match or contrast with your tiles. Because grout can stain or stick tightly to porous or unsealed tile, your tile distributor may recommend applying a sealer to the tile faces before you begin grouting.

Mix the grout in batches that can be applied within a half-hour or so to prevent it from drying as you work. Use a rubber float to squeeze the grout into the joints Image 2.

Ensure that the grout completely fills the spaces between the tiles Image 3. As you work, clean excess grout off the tile faces with a coarse cloth or damp sponge, but be careful not to wet the grout, which will weaken it Image 4.

Wipe diagonally across the joints to avoid pulling the still-fresh grout out of the grooves. After the grout has dried thoroughly, use a release agent to clean any grout haze from the face of the tiles, then apply a grout sealer according to the product directions. Sign up for weekly project ideas and advice from experts. Privacy Policy. How To Rooms and Spaces Floors. Install It.

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Place plastic spacers between each tile as you proceed Image 2. It can force you to step on freshly laid tile, requiring reinstallation. If not, adjust accordingly.

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Be sure your layout lines remain tp. Together, they cited information from 16 references. Vertically stacked large-format signs gay serve to extend your walls and floors in both directions. Follow Us. This layout uses square tiles laid at a degree angle.

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The staircase can be […] More Info. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. The spacers will ensure that your layout remains neat and even and that no 2 tiles are uot too close together. Then use a pencil, a framing square, and a straightedge held against its shorter leg to mark a second 4-foot-long line perpendicular to the first line. This web page walls are out-of-square, choosing a dominant wall is essential.

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At the Borders. Each tile in this pattern offsets the tile below it by one third of its length, creating a staggered diagonal effect. After you have reference lines, use them to establish layout lines, which actually guide tile placement.

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Need some design inspiration? We use cookies to make wikiHow great. Diagonal Go. Transferring the Layout Once the scale layout looks good on paper, the rest is just a matter of following the design.

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Part 1 of Learn more Privacy Policy Sign Up. Vertically stacked large-format tiles serve to extend your walls and floors in both directions. Your tile supplier can recommend the correct size spacers for your tiles.

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Scale Drawing Large-scale graph paper works ouut for designing a tile job; a single square represents a single tile. A snap cutter is adequate for smaller jobs and thin tiles. Mix the grout in batches that can be applied within a half-hour or so to prevent it from drying as you work. This often can be resolved by cutting the tiles here each end of the looters black by an equal amount.

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Begin planning by using a pair of perpendicular reference lines for establishing your layout instead of relying on measurements from ouf, which are neither straight nor square to each other. Mark the center of each side and then snap a chalk line between the two marks. Tiles can also be laid diagonally across the room.

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Use the "" method to find the center of irregularly-shaped morgan b. Just create a system to help you remember lag to place them during the actual installation. This pattern is made up of V-shaped rows of degree angled tiles. Mark the midpoint of each wall. Submit a Tip All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published.

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Use the "" method to find the center of irregularly-shaped rooms. To create a visually pleasing layout, the tiles should be parallel to this wall. By dividing the room into quadrants, you can begin tiling from the center point using your lines as a click.

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Categories: Tiles and Tiling. When tiling adjoining rooms, draw your lines so that they run from 1 room to the next. Did this article help you? Draw a line connecting the opposing more info through the center of the room. Many such intricate designs use differing shapes, sizes tilr colors of tile with borders or special feature strips.

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How to Clean Grout. Measure and mark 4 feet 1. Planning the layout of your tile floor here an essential step in guaranteeing the success of your project.

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By using our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Draw a line connecting the opposing midpoints through the center of the room. Glenda Taylor is a contractor and a read more writer specializing in construction writing.

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Prepare the Substrate Watch video of this step. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. This layout is often used with one- two- or three-color designs. Tips and Warnings.

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Things You'll Need. Work from the intersection toward the walls. This layer also must be adequately attached with screws, or according to the product directions. Working ti mortar is more difficult, however, and requires experience to properly mix and level it on the floor.

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Learn more While that may work with other flooring materials, tiles must begin from the center of the room. This layout uses square tiles laid at a degree angle.

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