How to Lay Stone Tiles How to Lay Stone Tiles
The contemporary home decor niche is witnessing an increasing preference to lay stone tiles. Stone tiles are preferred as a flooring option since they are very durable and need little maintenance. Further, stone tiles are liked for the rustic touch they lend to the ambiance of a house. Stone tiles can be laid in indoor and outdoor spaces of a household. Some people hire professionals to install stone tiles. It should be understood that unlike other tiling options, stone tiles are rather easy-to-install. To lay stone tiles in your home, please use the following information.
Step 1—Getting Started
It is better that you seek someone’s assistance for this project, as stone tiles can be very heavy. You need to measure the total surface that needs tiling. This should include about 15 percent extra tiling material reserved for wastage and tiling around the edges. Choose tiles according to your personal preference. Consider factors such as texture, color hues and compatibility with decor of the concerned room/rooms. You should buy grout-mix and mortar that is manufactured specifically for stone flooring. Ideally, you should carry a sample tile to the hardware store at the time of buying the grout/mortar. This is because every type of stone tile has varying porosity and binding qualities. It is recommended that you use thin-set tiling mortar.
Step 2—Preparing Tiling Surface to Lay Stone Tiles
Thoroughly clean the floor. You can use a broom, mop or even a vacuum cleaner for this purpose. The presence of debris can hamper the binding capability of the mortar/grout. If you wash the floor, allow it to dry completely. Using a chalk, make markings where the tiles edges would be laid against the walls. This is vital since tiling around the wall/doorway edges can be a bit demanding.
Step 3—Preparing Tiles
Count the number of tiles that would be needed to tile the edgings. Tiling edges invariably include using some smaller-than-average tiles. Approximate the number and size of sliced/cut tiles required for this purpose. Accordingly, cut the tiles, using a diamond-edge circular saw. You can use a hammer/chisel to break-off the stubborn edges. Using a white stone, file the edges of the cut tiles.
Step 4—Laying Stone Tiles
Mix the thin-set mortar in a plastic bucket. Using a trowel, start pouring the mortar upon the prepare surface. Start laying the tiles at the farthest end from the entrance. Around the edges, fix the tiles along the chalk-lines. The rough-cut variety of stone tiles is a bit more challenging. These tiles often have uneven edges that cannot be concealed with grout. These spaces need to be filled with small pieces of stone tiles. Use the tiling pieces leftover from cutting tiles for the edgings. When laying these smaller bits, try to create a uniform pattern. Placing them in a straight line or diagonal lines is the easiest pattern to follow.
Step 5—Securing Stone Tiles
Press hard upon each laid tile. This helps to squeeze-out the excess mortar and secure the tiles in their position. Use the grout-mix for filling the small spaces between the laid tiles. Use a grout-float to push the grout deeper into the crevices. Leave the tiles unattended for about 40 minutes. This allows the grout to cure and the mortar to bind with the tiles. Use a wet sponge to clean the tiles.