The Best Techniques for Installing Tiles

Take your tiling skills to the next level. Learn pro tricks for dealing with complicated diagonal layouts, extra-large tiles, uneven walls, dried mortar cleanup and other tiling problems.

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Layout Tip

If you’re planning a wall niche, lay out the tile and take some measurements to determine the size of the niche. If you custom-size the niche to fit between full tiles, you’ll get a better-looking installation and avoid some cutting. With a diagonal tile layout like the one shown here, you’ll get full tiles and half tiles. If trim will frame the niche, be sure to factor it into the layout. Read more…

How to Lay a Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Floor

Laying the foundation. An unpleasant question to be faced is “What is your floor made up of?” Plywood is good. But, if you have the typical 1/2″ to 5/8″ particle board on top of a deck made of 2x8s, you have some work to do. After removal of the base trim, the particle board should be pulled up (this is easiest if you first cut it into about 16″ squares)and replaced by plywood. You will need a Skil saw, and if you’re doing the kitchen, you’ll need a “toe-kick saw.” Replace the particle board up to where the tile will stop. While you have the particle board off, you can inspect the deck to make sure it is firmly attached to the floor joists. Now you’re ready for leveling compound (if needed). Read more…

Tile Design Principles & Ideas: Color, Patterns & Texture

For many homeowners ’tile’ also means a material that requires installation by a professional, someone with years of practice and on-the-job experience. Although that may have been true in the past, new materials and techniques make tile installation well within the reach of any homeowner with moderate skills. Installing any kind of tile does take patience, but armed with the right information, most homeowners can install a professional-looking project they will be proud of. Read more…

The Best Technique for Installing Mosaic Tiles on a Floor

Mosaic tiles have been used on floors for centuries. They can be made of any material, including glass, stone or ceramic, and can be plain or come in intricate patterns. Mosaic tiles technically are any tile measuring 2 inches or smaller in the largest dimension. They typically come mounted in sheets to make installation easier, but they still have many special needs during installation. Adjusting for these needs helps to make the installation a success. Read more…