Laying Ceramic Tile Over Concrete Basement Floor - Porcelain tile flooring or ceramic is extremely durable and an excellent investment in your house. Tiles never wear out, and almost will last forever when they can be taken good care of. When you're preparing to put in the tile flooring you will need to get the ceramic or porcelain tiles, cement backer board, tile nippers, sponges, tape measure, knee pads, tile cutter or tile saw, grout, square, rubber float, chalk line, plenty of water, eye protection, thin set, buckets, hammer, notched trowel, and nails.
You'll need to remove all the molding and baseboards. Remove any existing floor coverings, carpeting, or wooden floorings. Clean the subfloor making sure it is free of dust and debris. Make sure that the floor is sturdy and stable. Install cement backer board onto the stabilized floor and at every floor joist screw, the backer board in with 2 inches galvanized screws. The old flooring will need to be disposed of, and such items are not picked up by most trash services.
Use a chalk line to indicate two lines that intersect in the centre of the area. Make certain that the lines are square to every other (90 degrees). Look at the way the tiles are ordered; you want as many entire tiles in the middle as you possibly can. Fiddle with all the tile before you're happy with the way they are placed.
Use thin set to hold your tiles in position. Make use of a notched trowel. Disperse the thin-set simply to as far as you can comfortably reach and put a tile. Install your tiles to the inset using a firm downward pressure. Remember to put spacers involving the tiles. You can harness on the tile on the corners gently to be certain that it is in place. Start at the center and work out to the walls. The cut tiles and border tiles are installed.