How To Install Floor Tiles

How To Install Floor Tiles

Installing floor tiles can be a tricky job unless you plan well beforehand. The entire job is based on planning and proper calculation and measurement. Though there are hard and soft floor tiles and the method of installing them are different, yet it is the basic planning which remains the same – the only difference being the fact that soft tiles sit comfortably against each other while hard tiles have grout joints.

Things Needed

For soft tiles you will need all that is here in your basic toolkit and a rolling pin, sponges, threshold strips and wood off cut. You can also keep a stock of scissors, paper, profile gauge, adhesive and spreader, a sealant and a paintbrush.

With hard tiles call, the items remain mostly the same along with a cutter, cardboard, grout and additives. Since hard tiles are strong, the cutter needs to be of a good quality and large enough to cut floor tiles. The adhesive and grout you are planning to use must also be stronger than those used for wall tiles. When placing tiles on a wooden floor, use flexible grouts and adhesive. Add some additives to the list when you’re shopping for this. Thin cardboard can be used instead of cross-shaped spacers and can be used before the adhesive dries since the latter is sometimes not suitable with the tile depth.


Just randomly placing tiles against the wall – it might not be straight and you might not realize it until you’ve finished it completely. Hence, creating a layout is essential. The centre of the room should be the base of the layout. Lay the tiles in a dry condition at the centre and work towards the walls. The last full tile before you reach the wall is your temporary starting point. Adjust the gap between this tile and the wall to avoid the cutting tiles into smaller and thinner slices.

Laying and Others

Think of the obstacles which might cover the tiles. If possible, remove these and then places the tiles. The joints and slices can be hidden with these fixtures. When buying floor tiles, you will need to have an estimate of the number you will need. Calculate the area covered by permanent fixtures and deduct it from the floor area. However, don’t buy the exact amount – get about ten percent extra, just in case something happens. Guidelines by adhesive manufacturers say it clearly that you need to buy some extra of this too. How much grout you will need depends on the thickness of joints and the size of the tiles you are using. The tile packaging will have the guidelines to help you out. Some extra sealant and spacers would also do no harm.

Soft floor tiles can be carpet, vinyl or cork. Hard floor tiles can be marble, porcelain, quarry, ceramic or slate. Wooden tiles can be the plain parquet or the parquet tongue and groove one. Choose as per your room design and decoration and keep in mind the weather for the larger part of the year in your locality.

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