How to Install a Quarry Tile Floor Part 1

A quarry tile floor.
  • 5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 500-800
What You'll Need
Quarry tile
Wet saw
Tile spacers
Grout float
Cement board
Chalk line

Installing a quarry tile floor can provide you with a beautiful and durable flooring surface for your home. While the installation process is not complex, it does take some hard work and the proper knowledge. Here are the basics of how to start your quarry tile installation process.

Measure the Room

Start out by getting the dimensions of the room. Take your tape measure and obtain the length and width. Multiply the two numbers together to get the square footage. Add 10% to that number, and this will tell you how much quarry tile to purchase.

Prepare the Room

You will need to prepare the room before installation. Take any furniture or personal belongings out of the space. You will also need to remove any flooring that is currently installed. If you have carpet, cut it in 3-foot strips and roll it up to remove it from the room. If you have a concrete subfloor, you should be able to apply the quarry tile directly to it. If you have a wood subfloor, you will need to first install the cement board before you can install the tile. If you skip this step, the tile will not have the proper support that it needs, and it will eventually start to break.

Install Cement Board

If you have a concrete subfloor, you can skip this step. In order to install the cement board, you will need to apply thinset to the floor. Then press the cement board down into the thinset. You will also need to fill in each of the holes in the cement board with a screw. Use your drill to screw the screws through the cement board and into the wood subfloor. You should also tape the seams of the cement board.

Lay out the Tile

There are many different ways that you could potentially lay out your tile. Tile is great because it is so customizable. You can do a diagonal installation or a standard one. You could also do a number of different patterns with the tile. In order to see what the job will look like when you are finished, you should first lay out the tiles before installing them. This is a great way to visualize the layout of the tile.

Center the Tile

Many people prefer to center the tile in the room. If this is the case, you will need to use your tape measure to determine the center point of each wall. Then snap a chalk line in both directions, forming an "x" on the floor. Lay the tiles starting from one of the corners of the two chalk lines.

Minimize Small Cuts

When you lay out the tile, you should consider adjusting the layout to minimize small cuts around the edges of the room. You can slide the tiles over a few inches so that you will have larger pieces along the wall.

(This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. To move ahead to Part 2 click here.)