Before jumping right into installing a tile floor, let's make sure you have all the tile installation materials.
Tile projects need three key installation products: Mortar, grout and caulk.
The worst thing is getting into the middle of installing a tile floor and realizing you don't have all the tools you need. Or worse, realizing that you bought the wrong products. When buying tile installation tools, remember these important tips:
Your tile is only as good as what's underneath. Make sure that the surface under your floor, the sublfoor, is smooth and level before you get started. Buy products that level a floor and smooth floor cracks and rough patches, and save yourself hours of headache later.
You must purchase a mortar that corresponds with your type of tile. For example, If you have porcelain tile, purchase porcelain mortar. The same is true for grouts. f you're working with glass tile, refer to these specific glass tile installation instructions.
You must choose a grout depending on your grout joint. Unsanded grouts are used for grout joints 1/8" and smaller. Sanded grouts are used for grout joints 1/8" and larger. floor installations typically use sanded grouts. Grouts come in a variety of colors to complement your room design.
Purchase a caulk that exactly matches the color of your grout.
Beyond surface prep, mortar, grout, and caulk, there are a couple more things to consider. Do you have the right trowel size to install your mortar? The packaging on your mortar will indicate the correct trowel size that you need to buy. The above picture lists the things that will be handy to have during your tile floor installation. You may need all of these items, or you may not. But you can get most of these items at home improvement stores, like Lowe's. In fact, you can rent mortar and grout mixing drills, tile cutters and even wet saws at select Lowe's.
Now that you have completed your how to lay tile pre-project planning and have purchased the tile installation materials you need, it is time begin leveling the floor before tile installation.
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