Tile Installation : How to install Quartz Tiles?
Tile installation for quartz tiles can be a nightmare if you don't read the necessary recommendations. Why? Because quartz tiles have very low porosity, if you don't use the correct adhesive, one thing that can happen to your beautiful quartz tiles is several tiles popping up from the floor or wall. Engineered quartz tiles are made of 90-95% natural quartz and bonded together with polyester resin. As we all know, polyester contracts and dialates more than natural stone itself, therefore the whole tile installation for this type of material should have this in mind.
What most producers recommend, for tile installation is as follows:
- Clean the surfacewhere the tiles are going to be installed, make sure the area is free of cracks, stable, clean (without dust and other debris), smooth, guarantee the perfect setting for the tiles
- Preparing the Adhesive: make sure it's the proper adhesive, basically it should be a two component adhesive without water, or better uses latex liquid. The mix should follow this sequence: first the liquid latex component and second the powder component, don't switch this order.
- Spread an even flat layer of the adhesive on the tiling area, not thicker than 5 mm
- With the notched side of the trowel, comb the flat even layer of adhesive to help the tiles fit in perfectly and securely
- To get better results, you should also´spread some adhesive on the back of the tile before laying it in place. Make sure you time these operations correctly, make sure the adhesive is not too dry ...
- Use rubber mallet to help adjust the tile when fitting it into place
- Use flexible cement based grout for the joint area
The temperature variations existing in the room is important. Note that the material will have a consistent movement with the temperature variations and the size of the tile, so the joint should be between 3 and 6 mm. If the tile is 300mmx300mm and the room has a stable temperature all day long, then you may use a smaller joint 3mm. If the tile is bigger, for example a 600mm x 600 mm or there are high temperature variations during the day, you should use a 6 mm.
If you apply tiles in a big area you should, consider a big area and area superior to a 5m x 5m area, you should consider using expansion joints, these should these should have a width of 5-10mm and should be grouted with polyurethane mastic.
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