One of the ways you can revamp your bathroom is by adding new floor tiles. This will not only add value to your home but it will also make your bathroom look more beautiful. A new floor tile is a DIY project that is relatively inexpensive and can be carried out over the weekend. Even if you do not have previous experience installing tile floors before, you can still successfully undertake this project.
- The first step is to measure the square footage of the floor. This will help you to know how many tiles to buy. Whatever measurement you get, add 10 percent to it. This will help to cater for any wastage that is bound to happen due to the fact that you will have to cut tiles, so that they can fit corners and along edges. If you will be using a complex layout, then add a bigger percentage.
- Purchase the right amount of tiles, backing board, grout and mortar. Buy everything you need all at once. This will reduce chances of having color and texture mismatches, which can happen if you have to buy more supplies in between the project.
- Prepare the subflooring, so as to make it smooth and sturdy in preparation for the tile installation. You can do this by putting in place an underlayment of cement board on the subfloor.
- Fix the backing board to the subflooring as an underlayment. Cut the backing board into panels that will fit. Use a circular saw to do this. Cut out holes where the toilet seat and any other fixtures in the bathroom are placed. Use a drill to screw in the backer board to the subfloor. The best drill to use is the one which has a driver bit. The screws should be at least 6 inches apart.
- Lay out the tiles. Use a pattern which will use the most whole tiles. Start laying out the tiles from the center and then work your way outwards towards the edges. So as to make sure that the tiles have been evenly spaced out, use tile spacers. When you get to the edges and corners, measure the tiles that will be required to fit those spaces. Use a tile saw to cut the tiles to size.
- Once the whole floor has been covered, start removing a few tiles at a time as you apply thinset mortar to the floor. Use the motched trowel to spread out the mortar in small sections and then put back the tiles. Hold the tiles into position using spacers. Once you have finished doing this, give the tiles 24 hours to dry.
- When the mortar has dried, mix grout and then take out the spacers and fill them out with the grout. Then take a wet sponge, squeeze out all the water and wipe the surface of the tiles to remove excess grout. Wipe the surface well, so that no grout is left, otherwise it will be hard to wipe it off once it has set.
- Let the grout dry for 24 hours and then apply a grout sealer. This will minimize chances of the grout getting stained.