Installing ceramic or porcelain tile in your home is an investment. As such, it is always recommended that you seek out an installer with experience and expertise in this type of installation, whether it is for the floor, wall or accent area.
Some elements to consider for installation of tile:
- The surface where tile is to be installed must be structurally sound and free from residue that would impair adhesion. Any damaged or uneven cheap areas must be repaired prior to installation. The subsurface must also be completely level, to ensure that tiles will not chip or crack when weight is applied. Once the surface is leveled, a waterproofing layer may be required for areas where the tile will be frequently exposed to moisture.
- Remove all furnishings, appliances, trim, moldings, and any other elements that might impede the project.
- Consider how you will remove and dispose of the current flooring. Recycling for carpet and other programs may exist in your area. Make a plan for the responsible disposal of the current floor surface.
- It’s important to keep the installation area climate controlled and indoor humidity should be kept between 45-65%.
- Ensure that a layout plan has been created. This is very important not only for estimating the amount of material required, but also provides a framework for the actual installation. The layout plan should include the pattern of how you want the tile installed.
- Decide which mortar is appropriate for your installation requirements, as there are different types of mortar. Check with the manufacturer of the mortar to determine which would be the best option and use the recommended ancillary materials recommended for install.
- Provide enough time for the mortar and grout to cure, using the recommendations of those product manufacturers. Walking on the tiles before the mortar and/or the grout has cured could result in a shift or loosening of the tile from the substrate.