Installing Tile Floor In The Bathroom

Tile flooring can be installed over plywood or cement. For your tile flooring project you may select tiles in a range of materials. You can select either ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, stone tiles, vinyl tiles or cork tiles. Some tiles come with a glued backing. Below you can get some information related installing tile floor in the bathroom. All you need to do is peel the paper off the backing and press the tiles to the cleaned, dried floor. Other tiles will need glues, setting material and grout.

Ceramic Floor Tile

Ceramic Floor Tile

The Tile Council of America (TCA) has approved different setting materials and grouting products for use with different types of floors. It is important to ensure that the setting material you use is compatible with the guidelines of your tile manufacturer and is TCA approved.

Installing Tile Floor in the Bathroom: Different Types of Setting Materials

Thin Set Cement – Inexpensive and easy to use. It is particularly effective for attaching ceramic tiles to a cement floor. Latex bonding chemicals may be mixed with thin set cement to improve its properties.

Grout – is the material used to fill the spaces between tiles. Selecting the right color of the grout is very important. Generally the color of the grout should be similar to the darkest color of your tiles. Lighter colored grouts can be difficult to keep clean. If you want to use epoxy grout it is best to entrust the grouting to a professional installer as epoxy grout needs some experience in mixing and curing of different resins.

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Organic adhesive (Glue) – These are generally used for sticking tiles on walls and are not recommended for use on floor tiles.

Latex bonding chemicals – are often mixed with thin set cement to improve its properties. It is especially suited to installing tiles over cement.

Specialized adhesives – These allow tiles to be installed over a wide range of surfaces including older tiles, vinyl floors and even hardwood floors without having to remove the older floor.

How to Tile a Bathroom Floor

How to Tile a Bathroom Floor

Installing Tile Floor in the Bathroom: Step by Step

Removing Old Tiles

Removing old tiles can be a tedious, back breaking job. To remove old tiles you will need to either heat them or to slowly chip them away. Once the old tiles are removed you will need to deal with the old setting material before your floor is ready to receive your new tiles.

If you are removing old tiles you will need to exercise caution. Some of the older tiles may expose you to asbestos. If you have any doubts about your old flooring it is best to entrust the project to a professional who will be equipped and trained to tackle hazardous materials.

Installing a Tile Floor

The instructions below are primarily meant for installing ceramic tile floors. The procedure for installing cork tiles and vinyl tiles is different from that adapted for ceramic tiles.

The first thing you will need to do is prepare the floor. The floor must be stable and strong enough to support the tiles adequately. Concrete is strong enough but you may need to exercise caution is you want to install ceramic tiles over plywood.

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Clean the floor. You may use a solution of tri-sodium-phosphate for this. This is especially important if you intend to use glue down tiles. Use a level to determine that the level of the floor is correct.

Mark guidelines on the floor with chalk. Use a square to ensure that the lines are straight. These lines will help you align the tiles in a straight line. Place the tiles on the floor without any setting cement. This is a dry run that will let you see the appearance of your floor after installation.

Mix thin setting cement and add latex bonding chemicals if needed. Apply the mixture to a small area of the floor. The mixture dries quickly and you want to be sure that it will not dry before you place you tiles.

Place the tiles carefully on the floor and fix them firmly. Use a spacer to ensure that there is uniform gap between the tiles.

Some of the tiles especially those at the margins, may need to be cut. A saber saw with carbide blades, a glass cutter or a tile nipper will help you cut the tiles as desired.

Once the tiles are installed you will need to fill the grout around the tiles.

Tile Installation Process

Tile Installation Process

Now after you know the steps of installing tile floor in the bathroom, you can try to do the project. Have a nice try!