Adding ceramic tile to the bathroom can add both style and timeless decor to floor surfaces. Because of excessive moisture that is frequently present in bathrooms, the materials you use on the floors will be important to prevent water damage.
Ceramic tile is one material that works well in the moist environment of bathrooms. With an extensive array of colors and patterns, ceramic tile can fit any decorating theme and color palette.
With a complete bathroom tile installation guide, you can choose and install bathroom tiles on the floor of your bathroom for a winning home improvement project that will last for many years.
Apply the thin-set compound over the backer board. While the thin-set is still wet, arrange the tiles in the way you want them on the floor.
1.Analyze the Current Tile Floor
The status of your current floor will determine how you prepare it for the new tile. A concrete subfloor with vinyl flooring over the top of it will not require any special preparation before laying bathroom tiles. If you have a wood subfloor, install backer board to give the floor more strength to support the tile.
If you have vinyl flooring in place on your bathroom floor, make sure there are no loose areas before installing the tile or installing backer board.
2.Prepare the Bathroom
Remove as many fixtures as possible before installing the backer board or the bathroom tiles. By removing the toilet and the vanity, your work will have a more professional finish to it and you’ll have more room to work.
Remove baseboards around the perimeter of the room. You’ll need to make adjustments in the height of the baseboards depending on the backer board and tile that you install. You also may need to adjust the undercut of the door.
Scrub the flooring well with an abrasive scrubber to prepare the floor to bond with the adhesive.
Install the backer board first by cutting it to fit the bathroom. After you have pieces ready to fit into place, use a combination of adhesive and screws into floor joists to fasten each piece of backer board into place over the floor. It’s fine to leave 1/8-inch spaces between the pieces and about ½-inch gaps around the perimeter of the floor.
Apply the thin-set compound over the backer board. While the thin-set is still wet, arrange the tiles in the way you want them on the floor. For best results, center full tiles between your walls to make sure that partial tiles near the edges of the floor will be of comparable size. Make a centered row of parallel tiles for the two main walls of the bathroom and then lay additional tiles around these rows.
Try to avoid cutting tiles as much as possible and never cut tile widths to smaller than 2 inches or breakage could occur.
After setting all the tiles into place, use spacers to keep the space between the tiles uniform.
The final step involves grouting the joints between the tiles. Press the grout firmly between the joints to fill them completely. Scrape off as much grout as possible from the tiles to make it easier to clean up. Sponge off the tiles when you finish grouting the entire floor. Finally, seal the grout with a sealant approximately 24 hours after grouting the tiles.