Tips for Laying Granite Floor Tiles
Granite floor tiles are beautiful and durable. They can also be expensive. You can reduce your costs by installing the tiles yourself.
Measuring the Area
Use a measuring tape to determine the length and width of the space that you will be flooring. Multiply the two measurements together to find the amount of space that requires tiles.
Determining the Amount of Materials Required
Granite floor tiles are available in various sizes. The typical size is one foot by one foot. Divide the space you determined by one tile in order to determine howmany tiles you will need. Check the grout container for the amount you will need. Add about 15 percent to your tile and grout totals for any wastage.
Marking the Area
Use a chalkline to mark the center of the space to be covered. Mark the middle of the floor from one wall to the wall on the other side of the space. Continue with the other two walls. The intersection of the lines is the mark for beginning the installation.
Applying the Mortar
Use a trowel to apply the mortar to the beginning spot. Work in small areas at a time. Lay the tiles on the mortar. Press them into the adhesive to be sure they are sitting level. Place spacers between them. Continue working outward from the center of the space until the entire floor has been covered. Use a tile cutter for any spaces that require smaller tile pieces. Allow the floor about a day to dry completely.
Grouting the Tiles
Remove the spacers from between the tiles. Apply the grout to the floor with a grout float. Be sure to push the grout into all of the spaces between the tiles. Work in small areas. Wipe any excess grout from the surface of the tiles with a damp sponge. Allow the grout about a day to dry. Wipe away any grout that still remains with a damp sponge.