Brick Pattern Tile Floor Layout Brick Pattern Tile Floor Layout

What You'll Need
Glue/ thinset/ mastic
Saw
Brick tiles
Trowel

Installing a brick tile floor layout depends on the tile floor layout, the adhesive, and the way that you cut and tile it.  Although a moderately easy job, care must be taken with each step so that it is meticulously and aesthetically completed. Here are some tips for satisfactorily completing the task:

 

Brick Tile Floor Installation Tips

Layout

For an aesthetic layout, you need careful preplanning so that you don’t end up with small tiles squeezed at the end of a wall or in a corner.  Rooms can often be awkward shapes, so location and shaping of tiles before placing them has to be carefully considered and accounted for.

Chalk a center line at each direction in the room so that the lines intersect in the middle. Make sure that the interesting central lines form a square. This is how you can assess whether or not it is square:  Measure 3 feet down one line.  Measure 4 feet down the other line. Using your tape measure, connect the end of both of those lines. If you get exactly 5 feet, the 2 lines are square.

Begin to lay out your tiles with the required spacing between them until you get to the end of the line (usually a wall). See whether you need to cut some tile in order to fill up a possible gap.  Do the same with all the lines.  Remember that the lines must be square.  Adjust the tiles if necessary.

 Glue

The glue that you use depends on the material of your floorboard. If your floorboard is plywood, it is recommended that you use an organic or epoxy adhesive.  If the flooring is cement or concrete, then employ cement based thinset.  Since too little glue, or too much glue can cause their own particular problems read the instructions provided with the tiles. The tile manufacture will often recommend a certain brand of adhesive, and tell you how much to apply and which type of trowel to use.

Cutting tiles

If you were intending to remove a large amount of tile, a tile cutter can be used.  You score the tile, and then snap it.  However, since you are more likely intending only to remove small amounts, such as ½ inch, you could more successfully use a diamond wet or dry saw which make smooth cuts. For those awkward cuts, use a ‘nipper’ tool.

Grouting

The challenging aspect of grouting is that you must work in small areas without allowing the grout that you just applied to harden.  To do so, use a grout sponge with rounded edges, squeezing the water as you work. Make sure that you squeeze out as much as possible since an excess of water will erode the grout. If need be, practice before so that you get the grout job well done.

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