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How To Lay Tile

When dealing with large projects, it’s always better to trust a contractor. From building an addition on your home, to remodeling a kitchen there are just some jobs you should leave to the professionals, like your Rockford contractors. But when there are some simple fixes that you’re trying to get out of the way or a home beautification project that you’re trying to save some cash on, it can be helpful to pull out the tool belt yourself.

A project that can add value to your home without breaking the bank and be done by you without help from a Rockford contractor is re-tiling a bathroom floor. This quick fix brightens up a bathroom, and can make your bathroom appear as though you’d spent an exuberant amount of money, when in all reality, you did it on a budget!

The materials needed to complete the project are:

  • Backer board (optional)
  • Tile
  • Mastic
  • Grout
  • Wet saw
  • Damp cloth

While these supplies might sound a bit intimidating, installing tile is easier than it sounds! Take a deep breath, we’ve outline how to get a professional looking tile job done yourself!

  1. Purchase your selected tiles. Design the layout of your tile, making sure to account for grout spacing in between tiles. If this is your first-time laying tile, a simple design is recommended.
  2. Before beginning to lay tile, you’ll need to prepare the floor, by placing down backer board. If you are simply redoing the floor, there is probably backer board already installed where the tile is being laid, if not follow the manufacturers’ guidelines for installation.
  3. Place the tiles on the floor to see if you need to cut the tiles down to size, a wet saw is the best way to cut tile reducing the risk of breakage. Laying out the tiles before-hand will allow you to see what the finished product will look like, and make any last-minute changes. To set the tile, apply an even coat of mastic (tile adhesive), working on a small area at a time. The adhesive will set 5-10 minutes after application, making a large area unlikely to be tiled before it sets.  Apply the tile to the mastic with a slight twisting motion.
  4. After laying the tile, let the adhesive set for at least 24 hours. Apply grout to the spacing between tiles, wiping away excess grout with a damp cloth.

Laying your own tile is a lot of work, it is very rewarding when it is done to be able to stand back and admire your handy work! After all, not every homeowner can look at their new tile floor and proudly proclaim “I did that!”. If you would still prefer to hire a professional to install your new tile floor, trust Quality Design Inc. with years of experience you’ll be sure to get the best tile job around, guaranteed!

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