How to Lay Tiles

How To Lay A Subfloor For Floor Tiles – Get It Done Right

After having gathered your tools, leveled your floor with patch and leveler, undercut your doorjambs and removed any baseboards, you are now ready know how to lay your Compressed Fibro to give your floor tiles extra support and prevent cracking and flexing.

Using your notched trowel, apply your polymer-modified thin-set mortar to a section of the floor. It is recommended to start in the corner of the room. Lay the Compressed Fibro in place and then secure it with the galvanized nails or corrosion resistant screws.

If it is necessary to cut the Compressed Fibro, it is as easy as one-two-three. First score it with your utility knife, snap it at the cut, then cut along the backside along the break.  Keep spreading the thin-set, laying the board, and securing the boards with the nails or screws until the entire floor is done. When finished, use cement board seam tape to cover the joints, then apply thin-set mortar to the joints and wait for it to dry.

If you are tiling a room, it will be necessary to make some reference marks. Using your snap line (chalk line) pull it from the center of one wall to the center of the opposite wall, snap it to leave a chalk line on the floor, then do the same for the other two walls forming a cross in the room’s center. Next, use your square to make sure the angle of the intersecting lines is truly square. Next, loose lay the tiles along these reference lines, using tile spacers to get an accurate measurement. Between the end tile and the wall, cabinet, or the like, leave a space of six millimeters to allow for expansion.

If this loose lay leaves less than half a tile’s width at the walls, adjust the reference lines to make the tiles wider along the perimeter and try to keep equal widths on all sides.

For larger floors, it will be more accurate to create a grid of one meter by one meter squares. It is easier to work in smaller areas.

With all this done, you’re now ready to start your tile installation.

Now that you are armed with this knowledge, come and check out TFO’s wide range of tiles at the cheapest tile prices around.  Visit our TFO showroom or online tile store today.

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