How to Install Marble Flooring
Adding marble flooring to a room in your home can be a very beautiful and pleasing change to increase the elegance of the room. In order to install marble flooring, there are some steps you must follow to get it right. If you follow the steps listed below, you will soon have your new floor installed.
Step 1 - Inspect the Floor
First, you must inspect the floor where the marble tiles will be installed to see if the floor is even and free of debris or dust. If the floor has any uneven sections, you need to put in a plywood layer for the tiles to rest on. This is where the plywood listed in your tools and materials comes into the picture.
Step 2 - Put Down the Adhesive
Use the trowel to put down the thin-set glue. Don’t put down too much at once, as it dries fast. Only spread as much adhesive as you need to in order to complete one section as you go along.
Step 3 - Cut the Marble
You may have to cut the marble flooring to make them fit around corners, next to walls and in areas where it is shaped oddly. Tiles must be cut using a wet saw with a diamond blade. You must be very careful when cutting marble because it is likely it will break anywhere there is a crack in the stone. So, if you have to cut a piece of marble to fit your floor space, it’s best to cut it 3/4 of the length of the tile and then go to the other side to cut the remaining section. Another tip is that if you put masking tape around the piece of tile, it is less likely to break. It’s best to wear heavy gloves, a respirator and safety glasses during this process.
Step 4 - Put Down the Flooring
Next, put the marble flooring where you want them installed. Be careful not to push them into place because it makes glue build up into the joints. Also, be very careful to avoid getting glue on the tile itself. Make sure to line up the tiles straight and put the spacers for the tile down in place to reserve a section where the grout will go later. After this has been completed, the tiles and adhesive must dry before you can go to the next step in the process. While marble flooring tiles are usually put in without making wide grout joints, you still have to leave about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch to compensate for any tiles cut wrong.
Step 5 - Put in the Grout
Mix up your grout and then use a damp sponge to moisten the places in-between the tiles and the joints in your marble flooring. Take the concrete mixture and fill in the area of the joints. Then use the squeegee to make sure it is put all over the dampened area in an even manner. The cement then must be left to dry. After that, sprinkle a little dry cement powder in the remaining sections and buff it with the burlap bag. Clean up any extra grout or glue prior to it drying, then wipe everything smooth and clean the marble flooring with water.