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Bathroom Tile Installation: How to Guide for Tiles Fitting in Bathroom

Updated on August 25, 2011

How to Install Bathroom Tile

While the prospect of learning how to execute bathroom tile installation by yourself may make you a bit nervous at first, the beautiful results that you can accomplish are more than worth the effort. Plus, the hard part is simply getting started. Once you begin, you are sure to notice that it is relatively easy to get into a groove and pick up the pace of your tile installation. Here is a quick overview of what to expect from the process.

The first step is to take the overall style and color scheme of your home into careful consideration. This will help you to choose exactly which types (e.g. glass bathroom tiles, ceramic tiles, etc.) and which colors you would like to incorporate into your bathroom tile design.

As for the second step, you will have two primary choices. You can completely strip away the existing flooring or you can choose to play your tiling down directly over the existing flooring. The best option in this situation usually depends on the current condition of the existing flooring, such as whether or not it will provide a completely flat surface for the new tiling, and the degree of difficulty in removing it.

The third step is vital and yet many people make the mistake of skipping right over it. It is a very good idea for you to first conduct a dry fitting of your bathroom tiles. This will be of great help in making sure that the pattern of your tiles ends in the same manner where it meets the edges of the floors. As part of this, you may also want to use a pencil to make vertical and horizontal line markers to make sure that you maintain a consistent tile size throughout. You can easily rent a wet saw which will provide you with the most accurate cutting for ceramic or stone tiles.

The next step involves surface preparation. After you have removed the old flooring, or thoroughly cleaned the flooring if you left as is, you will then lay down a hardy back (also spelled or known as hardy board, hardi board, hardi back). This is a very convenient construction material that allows you to simply apply an adhesive to the tiles and place them on the hardy back. And what makes this item even more convenient is that most of them feature gridlines on them that make it very easy for you to make sure that you maintain straight tiling lines.

After that, you will simply apply grout to the lines in between the tiles and then give your new bathroom tiles at least 24 hours to dry to prevent shifting.


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