Many homes feature ceramic tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms. Ceramic is a great option that is budget-friendly with a variety of styles and design options to choose from. Here are the steps for ceramic tile floor installation.

Preparation

The first thing you need to do before starting any home improvement project is to gather the necessary materials and tools. Doing this at the start can save you time on the overall project and limit the chance for mistakes because a needed tool is not available when you need it. Tile requires a backing. You cannot put it straight on the plywood subfloor, but you can on concrete. Necessary tools include notched trowels in a variety of styles and sizes, rubber mallet, bedding block, trowel, thin-set or adhesive and hammer.

Layout

Before setting the actual tile, you need to lay it out. Prior to laying out the tile, prep the wood subfloor or clean the concrete. Look at the available space to decide the best way to layout the tile. If you want a design in the tile, this is a good time to figure out the details of the design. Once you know where the tiles go, you can start the ceramic tile floor installation. Use the trowel to apply adhesive to the back of the tile. The corner offers the best place to start. The bedding block and hammer or rubber mallet can help nudge tiles together. Apply grout after the tiles set for a minimum of 12 hours.

Maintenance

After you have grouted and cleaned up the project, you are not quite done with the project. To keep the tile looking great for years to come, make sure you follow any cleaning instructions given by the manufacturer. Tile cleaning companies completed on a regular schedule keep the tile beautiful.

Ceramic tile floor installation is a fairly straightforward process if you know how to do it. A large project can take several days to complete. Professional tile companies can help you create the floor of your dreams.