How to Install Ceramic-Porcelain Floor Tiles
Installing Ceramic-Porcelain tiles is easy and can make a dramatic update to your home. Follow these steps for a successful installation.
1-Remove any existing flooring. In some cases, you can install ceramic flooring directly above the existing flooring but this is not recommended for most instances.
2-Ensure that your subfloor is strong enough for installation of the new flooring. It is recommended that the minimum subfloor be 3/4″ thick plywood. Furthermore, ensure that the flooring is secured to the joists underneath and not loose/squeeky. Under sized joists can also affect the longevity of your floor tiles.
3-Once you have established that the subfloor is strong enough, it is recommended that you use a Schluter system underneath your new tiles. The schluter system is a product that acts as a membrane between the tiles and the subfloor, so any shrinking/expanding in the wooden members underneath would not cause your tiles to crack. You can also use cement board, or a steel mesh/mortar combination.
4-Install the new tiles, using modified portland cement. You will want to make sure that the tiles align properly, so it’s a good idea to lay the pattern/placement of the tiles before you begin installing the tiles. You can take measurements to find out where the center of the room is, as most rooms are not perfectly square. You will also want to avoid having “cut off” tiles in the entry to the room, and attempt to hide the cut offs in the corners or less conspicuous areas of the room.
5-Wait 24 hrs, then grout.
For a seamless/durable and professional final product, you may want to consider hiring a professional tile installer. To find one, visit your local builder association’s website for a list of qualified contractors.