Due to its numerous advantages, bathroom floor tiles are a popular choice for homeowners across the country. Not only are they durable and good looking, but they’re also resistant to both moisture and stains. Hence, they’re very easy to maintain and with skill, confidence and patience, can also be relatively easy to install especially when compared to wall tiles which is a vertical surface.
Fitting bathroom floor tiles requires a lot of planning as it can be easy to make costly errors here and there. Generally, this task shouldn’t pose any serious difficulty for a confident and patient DIYer. However, if you lack these attributes, then it’s advisable to call in a professional who can guarantee the best results for help. In this article, we’ll take you through the bathroom floor tiles installation process. Let’s get started!
• Make Sure You Have A Levelled Subfloor
✓ Your subfloor’s stability is crucial for the success of your tile laying.
✓ Once done, then you can start planning how to level the floor.
✓ Identify the highest point of your floor and place a really long level to determine the dip and hump spots.
✓ Fill in the identified low spots with mortar.
• Cut The Tiles
✓ Using a wet saw with a diamond blade and pump, cut through the tiles to get the appropriate shape.
• Choose The Appropriate Adhesive
✓ To best adhesive is probably the one written on the label and suggested by the manufacturer.
✓ If uncertain, you can make use of a modified mortar
• Prepare The Area
✓ Using the prepared mixture of your mortar, prime the surface by spreading it on the floor with the trowel’s flat side.
✓ Once done, you can add more mortar with the ridges of the trowel.
• Space The Tiles
✓ Tile spacement depends largely on the surrounding walls. Straight walls equal straight tiles, if not your judge would be required to ensure a great outcome.
✓ If the wall is straight, make a space of about an eighth of an inch. The bigger spacing, the higher the possibility for the grout to become visibly discoloured.
• Use The Right Grout
✓ With sanded and unsanded grouts having a variety of colours, choosing the ideal grout can a tricky affair.
✓ The size of the spaces play a huge role in determining the best choice.
✓ Use a sanded grout if the spacing is an eighth of an inch or more. However if less, make use of the unsanded grout.