Tile Floors in Boston Massachusetts
If your tiling a floor for the first time, dont worry its probably something you can handle, if you have some patience and the right tools. Most wet saws you can rent and the other tools, such as buckets, trowels, and grout floats you can purchase for little money.
The first thing you want to do is make sure your sub-floor is sound.The best way to acheive this is to install 3" exterior grade screws into the joists under the sub-floor. You can find the joists below by the existing nail holes. Strike some chalk lines on the sub-floor and install the 3" screws every six inches along the joists.
The next thing you want to do is a dry layout. Find the midpoint off of each wall and mark each one. Next, you want to snap some chalk lines along those marks.The line crossing at the room’s center are the starting point of the tile. Lay a row of the tiles your are using along a straightedge more than halfway across the room. For consistent joints, use tile spacers you have chosen to use. This row determines the size of cut tiles along the walls.
Always use thinset mortar to lay your floor tiles, NOT mastic. Depending on which size tiles your installing will depict which size trowel your going to use to install your tile. Usually a good rule to go by is the bigger your tiles, the bigger the notched trowel your going to use. You want to start by mixing your thinset in a 5 gallon bucket with a power drill with a paddle bit on the end. This will help you achieve a consistent thinset bed of mortar. Start by applying the thinset to the floor with your trowel at a 45 degree anlge , making sure that it leaves notches on the floor. Set your tiles one at a time making sure to put your tile spacers in between each tile, in all four corners.
Now comes the not so fun part, grouting. After the floor tile sets overnight, use a margin trowel to scrape off any thinset from the tile surface or in the joints.Mix up a batch of grout to a looser-than-mayonnaise consistency. Add water a little at a time by squeezing it from a sponge.Scoop a trowelful of grout onto the floor and spread it with your rubber float held at a 45-degree angle to the floor. Push the grout into the joints by first moving the float in line with the joints, then diagonal to them. Work from the edges of the room toward the center, making sure to take your time.A good grout job will make the floor tile look that much better. After your done grouting a haze will cover the tiles. Simply wipe it off with a damp sponge and seal the grout lines when it dries.Our team would be more than happy to come take a look at your current tile project and go over the options that would best fit your homes needs. Please feel free to call us today for a free estimate !!