How to Tile Your Fireplace Surrounds How to Tile Your Fireplace Surrounds

What You'll Need
Backer board
Measuring tape
Tile cutting tool
Painters tape
Grout tool

Learning how to tile your fireplace surround can be a difficult and slow process. However, this enhancement will not only add value to your home, but also beauty. Make sure you are well prepared for this project by having the proper tools and plenty of time.

1. Preparation

The first thing you need to do for a tile fireplace surround is to determine the type of material your surround is made of. If the surround is made of rough material, try to smooth it out as much as possible. Be sure to purchase a tile that will work with the material of your surround.

After purchasing your tile, the next thing you must do is to clean the area adequately. If no tiling has been done before, you will need to purchase backer board and install it first, fitting it to your surround accordingly.

Further preparation for a tile fireplace surround involves drawing your design. Measure your surround and see how many tiles you will need for the size of tile you have chosen. On your paper, draw your tiles and design them in different ways. This will allow you to see which layout you want to use for your tile fireplace surround. You may want to include the areas where grout will be to ensure that you get the best results.

2. Laying Out the Tile

Once you have a design, the next step is to lay out the tiles on a flat surface, such as the floor. This will show you how your design will look. Next, number the tiles to make it easier when you place them on your surround.

Now you will need to set up a temporary support above the fireplace to keep the tiles from sliding off. Nailing a piece of wood or metal across the fireplace underneath where the tile will be is sufficient. Next, make sure you set edges so that your tiles will be straight. When you begin, start on the lowest place above the fireplace. Begin in one corner and go across in one direction. Once one row is done, begin building upwards. When this area is finished, begin tiling the columns. First, start at the top and work your way down. Be sure to cut the tile properly with the appropriate tile-cutting tool.

3. Grouting

After you have tiled your fireplace surround, you need to begin grouting. First, you need to use tape, preferably painter’s tape, to cover the edges of the tile. This will prevent the grout from sticking to the top of the tile. Mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Next, use a grout tool at an angle to place the grout between the tiles.

4. The Finishing Touches

When you are done grouting, remove the tape and clean the tiles. Now, all that is left is to dry and seal your new tile fireplace surround. What a fabulous project!

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