How To Tile

 

Tile How To’s – Installation – Maintenance – Repair

White Grout

Grout haze is grout residue left on the tile face. Many times this haze can be cleaned off by simply using a scouring pad and water. Full Article

 

Sealing Tile

There are anti-slip coatings currently available designed to reduce slip and fall accident by enhancing the tiles slip resistance or coefficient of friction characteristics. These products must be used in strict compliance to their Manufacturers recommendations for them to be beneficial. Full Article

 

Sealing Grout

Your choices in grout sealers are a topical sealer that can offer a wet look, or a penetrating sealer that has a natural look, which protects the grout but does not change the look of the grout. Full Article

 

Cleaning Stone

Some mistakes can be irreversible, always check labels on the product you are thinking of using and test an inconspicuous area first to see what effects, if any, your cleaning process will have. Full Article

 

Colored Grout

Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of injury to the public and a principal cause of litigation against businesses today. Good maintenance procedures can reduce this obvious risk! Full Article

 

Tile Manufacturing

What is ceramic tile? Full Article

 

History of Tile

Since ceramic tile can be a beautiful, durable, easily cleaned, and affordable surface. It became a widely used product on almost every continent of the modern world. Full Article

 

Tile Factory Tour

This quick tour is for a brief and non-technical tour designed to provide some basic and general details on how tile is made. Full Article

 

Stone Manufacturing

Each manufacturer uses either cement-based products or epoxies together with the stone waste to make either blocks or slabs of finished bonded product. Full Article

 

Shopping for Tile and Stone

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) together with the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) establish guidelines and minimum performance levels for the manufacture of ceramic tile here in the United States. Full Article

 

Selecting Stone

So what’s the bottom line when considering ceramic or stone tile? Full Article

 

Selecting the Right Tile

First, will the ceramic tile be glazed or unglazed? Will the stone tile be polished or unpolished? Full Article

 

Marble Manufacturing

We will be taking you briefly through a Travertine Quarry near Rome Italy. Full Article

 

Pools & Decks

Ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile decks and patios, this section will detail these installations. For tiling patios on concrete slabs on grade, look in Floors Exterior.This section will deal with elevated tile patios and tile decks in an exterior environment. Full Article

 

Listellos

Listellos or other highly decorative tiles are installed in the same method as other ceramics or stone. The field or trim tile layout is simply adjusted for the fit of the pieces. The same is true of murals, liners, and patterns. Full Article

 

Damaged Tile

Tile repair, bathroom tile repair, and tile fixture repair, welcome to the section that will answer these questions and show you how to do it. This section will detail the proper methods in removing, replacing, and re-grouting ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile and porcelain tile fixtures in existing bathrooms and other areas. Full Article

 

Substrate Support

This product is used for walls. Available from many manufacturers in a water-resistant or green board type, common gypsum board or simply drywall. Full Article

 

Levelers

It seemed fitting to place these products in the substrate section as they are used in an attempt to level out uneven substrates. Full Article

 

Grouts

Grout is the material visible between tiles. It is used to fill the space between the tiles and to support them. Grout can be water-resistant. However, water or other liquids, will most likely penetrate the joint and reach the backing Full Article

 

Adhesives

This adhesive is mixed using cement, sometimes sand, and water to form a trowel able or brush able consistency. Generally, this mixture can only be used on a substrate or mortar bed that is still plastic or uncured. Full Article

 

Paper Work

After the specific method of installation is chosen, there are preparations to be considered. These may be simple or laborious. Full Article

 

Legal

Local, State and Federal building codes have been established for the public’s protection from shoddy building practices. These codes also are valuable in that they represent current building practices and can help ensure that a building project is successful. Full Article

 

Integrity

According to ANSI A108.01-2.4, 2005, tile can be installed over horizontal and vertical building surfaces that are “sound, clean, and dimensionally stable.” Full Article


Tiling Existing Surfaces

There are ways to remove existing surfaces that minimize collateral damage to non-involved surfaces. By simply looking at the item that needs removal and devising a plan. Full Article

 

Deflection

When installing stone or ceramic tile over floors and walls, each have different requirements. However, they have one thing in common. Full Article

 

Sorting Tile for Shower & Tub Installation

Both stone and ceramic tile can have patterns on their surface as well as color variances. Ceramic tile is often manufactured with patterns imprinted on the surface. Full Article

 

Shower Tile Installation

Porcelain, ceramic, and stone tile can be used in tile lined showers to create beautiful, durable, and long lasting installations. This section will discuss the various methods used today. Full Article

 

Tub Tile Installation

Porcelain, ceramic, and stone tile can be installed in bathtub surrounds with dramatic results. This section details the most popular methods today. Full Article

 

Setting Tile for Showers and Tubs

Remember that it is a good idea to back butter tile larger than 8″ or any tile where 100% coverage is desired. Set the tile in place and beat it in using a rubber mallet and beating block. Full Article

 

Shower and Tub layouts

Porcelain, ceramic and stone tile imparts a long lasting and easily maintained surface for bathtub surrounds and shower walls. The layout of the tile, according to industry standards, is the same for any other tiled installation. Full Article

 

Grouting Showers & Tubs

Let’s talk first about Portland cement based grout since this is the most commonly used material. Full Article

 

Installing Bond Coat for Showers & Tubs

The Tile Doctor covers the process of Bond Coating for tile installation on showers and tubs. Full Article

 

Sorting Wall Tile

Both stone and ceramic tile can have patterns on their surface as well as color variances. Ceramic tile is often manufactured with patterns imprinted on the surface and color or shade differences. Full Article

 

Setting Wall Tile Installations

If the chosen adhesive is in the epoxy or organic class, carefully follow the Manufacturers instructions for their use. Full Article

 

Mixing for Wall Tile Installations

By following the Manufacturers instructions, we are able to successfully mix bond coat mortars and grouts. Then what do we do with them? Full Article

 

Wall Tile Installation Methods

Let’s start out by choosing a method. The method includes how the substrate will be prepared to receive the tile, the necessary materials, and can include the type of tile used. Full Article

 

Estimating Wall Layouts

The important thing here is that room for that trim be planned on and figured into the layout. Generally, wherever the field tile ends, there will need to be trim pieces installed. Full Article

 

Layout Estimating

The type of tile and method of installation has already been chosen or at least under serious consideration. The layout is one of the last things to do prior to actually setting the tile. Full Article

 

Estimating Floors

The first layout consideration in floors is based on vision. Where will the eye first fall? Sometimes this is at the point of entry into the room. Full Article

 

Estimating Tools for Installation

For a good layout certain tools are necessary. The first on the list are measuring tools. They include tape measures, squares, chalk lines, pencils, straight edges, levels, and if you wish a story pole. Full Article

 

CounterTop Estimating

Layouts for countertops are a combination of all of the above. It is essential that the countertop layout be visually appealing Full Article

 

Sorting Floor Tile

Both stone and ceramic tile can have patterns on their surface as well as color variances. Ceramic tile is often manufactured with patterns imprinted on the surface and color or shade differences. Full Article

 

Setting Floor Tile

Set the tile in place and beat it in using a rubber mallet and beating block. For small tiles up to 6″ use the beating block and mallet or just the rubber mallet for large tiles. Full Article

 

Ramp Floor Tile Installation

During the process of selecting a method, you will encounter height differences between existing or non-involved floors and the new installation. Full Article

 

Mixing for Floor Tile Installation

As usual, follow the Manufacturers instructions for mixing the materials chosen for the project. In addition to the mixing instructions, Manufacturers will include instructions concerning application and estimated coverage. It is the selection of the proper application tools that lead us to a successful job. Full Article

 

Floor Tile Installation Methods

Let’s start out by choosing a method. The method includes how the substrate will be prepared to receive the tile, the necessary materials, and can include the type of tile used. Full Article

 

Grouting Floor Tile Installations

Let’s talk first about Portland cement based grout since this is the most commonly used material. Full Article

 

Membranes and Expansion Joints

Membranes can be the first line of defense against damage to tile work and substrates. Sometime they are required or recommended. Full Article

 

Types of Expansion Joints

Let’s look at the joints that do apply in interior applications of all types. Full Article

 

Tile Expansion Joints

Ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile expands and contracts with thermal and moisture changes in the environment as do all building materials. The expansion or contraction will rarely be seen with the naked eye. Full Article

 

Expansion Joints

The expansion joint’s purpose is to isolate the tile installation from other hard surfaces. If debris is allowed to remain, it defeats the purpose. Full Article

 

CounterTop Replacement

The first installation project covered is the replacement of an old counter system dating back to 1954. Full Article

 

Repairing Tubs & Showers

Probably the most common substrate failures occur in wet areas. However, it is not uncommon to find substrate failures in other areas including exteriors. This is especially true if the substrate was not prepared properly to receive the tiled surface. Full Article

 

Tile Replacement

The first step in this process is identifying the problem. In the case of this soap dish the problem is obvious. In the case of loose tile or “hollow” sounding tile, there may be another alternative to replacement. Look in the section “Repair Loose Tiles” for more on that subject. Full Article

 

Tile Repair

Loose tile can be caused by many factors. These factors can include improper installation and substrate problems. Nevertheless the procedure outlined in this section should be considered carefully. Full Article

 

Tile over Vinyl

It is possible, with modern technology, to successfully bond tile to vinyl, asphalt tile, and seamless flooring. Done properly, a new tiled installation can be placed permanently over these existing surfaces. Full Article

 

Tiling over existing tile

It is possible to successfully bond tile to tile with modern technology. Done properly a new tiled installation can be placed permanently over an existing tiled installation. Full Article


Repair Leaky Floor Pan

This section is designed to detail the method for replacing only the shower pan where it is not desirable or practical to replace the entire shower. Details of tile setting are omitted as they are covered in the section on Showers and Tubs and “Bathtubs”. Full Article

 

Repairing subfloor for Tiling

Basically this is a simple section dealing mainly with wood sub floors and their respective supportive framing members. Very often the damage occurs under wet areas like that found in bathrooms or kitchens. Full Article

 

Repairing tile liners and trim

Dealing with upgrading a tiled installation by adding decorative tile and or trim. Since these installations will be existing, removal of tile will be necessary. Full Article

 

Floor Removal

This section deals with the removal of floor coverings in preparation for the application of ceramic or stone tile. Generally any existing surface that would interfere with a good bond, is dimensionally unstable, or poses a threat to the quality or durability of the new tiled installation should be removed. Full Article

 

Fiberglass Repair

Pan was leaking through the sub-floor into the ceiling on the lower floor. The construction dates back to approximately 1990 and the tile was installed over water resistant gypsum board above the fiberglass pan. Full Article

 

Repairing Tile Countertop

The counter tops and bac ksplash will be replaced with a decorative tile installation set on a mortar bed. Full Article

 

Sorting CounterTop Tile for installation

Both stone and ceramic tile can have patterns on their surface as well as color variances. This article cover the proper sorting of tile. Full Article

 

Setting CounterTop Installation

Setting tile in Counter Top Tile job Full Article

 

CounterTop Mixing Installation

Proper mixing of installation setting materials in Counter Top Installation job Full Article

 

CounterTop Installation Methods

Ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile can successfully be installed on all manner of counter top Full Article

 

CounterTop Layouts

Laying out Tile Counter Top installation Full Article

 

CounterTop Decking

This section covers the two types of wood decking commonly used for countertop installation Full Article

 


How to Tile a Bathtub – Installation Tutorial

In this section, you’ll learn how to tile a bath tub with ceramic tile, porcelain tile or stone tile using the “one coat” mortar method. If you’re interested in reviewing a similar installation using backerboard, click on Bathtub Installation with Backerboard. Full Article

 

Tiling a Bathtub Using a Backerboard – Installation Tutorial

In this tutorial, we will cover how to tile around a bathtub using a backerboard as a substrate for tile. In other words, the backerboard takes the place of the mortar bed prepared in How to Tile a Bathtub Using the One-Coat Mortar Method. Full Article

 

How to Tile a Countertop – Three Installation Approaches

In this tutorial, we will detail three approaches for tiling a countertop: the one-coat mortar method, using a backerboard and using plywood. For all three approaches, you’ll want to think through the choice of tile, layout considerations, and which installation method is most appropriate. Remember, too, to follow the Manufacturers instructions for the products that you choose to use. Full Article

 

Tiling a Countertop Backsplash – Installation Tutorial

In this tutorial, learn how to install a tile backsplash which coordinates with an existing black granite countertop system, using a backerboard. Full Article

 

Learn How To Install Tile in Showers – Installation Tutorial

Showers are a natural for ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile especially when the tile is properly installed. This tutorial focuses on installing ceramic tile on a cement mortar bed in a completely tile lined shower. Full Article

 

How to Tile a Shower – Installation Tutorial Part 2

(If you haven’t already read the first section of How to Install Tile in Showers, we recommend that you do so.)
After the hot mopped shower pan has cooled down, we filled the shower pan with water up to just below dam height. A measurement was taken (9 5/8”) to establish a known point and the pan was left overnight for a recommended water test. Full Article

 

How to Install Tile in Showers – Installation Tutorial Part 3

(If you haven’t already read the first section of How to Install Tile in Showers and part 2 of installing tile in showers, we recommend that you do so.)
Showers are wet areas and need to have a minimum of 95% coverage of bonding mortar when beaten in. In this case a ¼” x ¼” notched trowel provided the coverage. Full Article

 

How to Install Tile in Showers – Installation Tutorial Part 4

(If you haven’t already read the first section of How to Install Tile in Showers, part 2 of installing tile in showers and part 3 of installing tile in a shower, we recommend that you do so.) Full Article

 

How to Tile a Shower Using a Backerboard – Installation Tutorial

This section will cover the application of backer board in a shower installation. The backer board basically takes the place of the mortar bed as the substrate for the tile. Full Article

 

How to Install Tile in a Steam Room

This section details how to install ceramic or stone tile in a steam room, as well as a cold room or refrigeration room. Full Article

 

How to Tile Interior Floors – Installation Tutorial

Interested in tiling an indoor floor? This installation tutorial will detail the application of stone tile or ceramic tile on interior floors. Full Article

 

How to Install Tile on Stairs – Installation Tutorial

This section will detail the installation of ceramic or stone tile on stairways. Both ceramic and stone tile can be installed over stairways constructed of concrete, steel, and wood. Full Article

 

How to Install Tile Floors Outdoors – An Overview Tutorial

In this section, we provide you with an overview of how ceramic, porcelain, or stone tile can be used in exterior patios, walkways, porches. Generally, ceramic, porcelain, or stone tile can be installed over suitable substrates in exterior locations, including mortar beds over concrete slabs and directly onto concrete slabs. These substrates must be structurally sound, meet deflection requirements, and meet on-plane requirements. Full Article

 

How to Tile Walls Indoors – Installation Tutorial

In this section, we’ll focus on installing ceramic, porcelain or stone tile on indoor walls using two techniques: with mortar and with a backerboard. These tile projects can include the typical installations of bathroom tile tubs, bathroom tile showers, and kitchen tile backsplashes, It also includes various rooms with tiled wainscoting and tiled interior veneers. Full Article

 

How to Tile Outdoor or Exterior Walls

Ceramic, porcelain, or stone tile can create beautiful tiled exterior walls. Think building facades, tiled free-standing walls, tiled columns, and the like. In this section, we’ll provide you with an overview of what to consider and prepare for. Full Article

 

How to Tile Pools and Fountains – Installation Tutorial

This section will provide you with an overview of the installation of ceramic or stone tile in and around pools and fountains. This section is general in nature due to the enormity of a pool construction process. Full Article

 

How to Install Specialty Tile Floors

In this section, we’ll describe three specialty tile installation situations you may encounter given how versatile ceramic, porcelain and stone tile are for flooring and transforming them into beautiful as well as practical surfaces. Full Article

 

Installing Tile on Ceilings

For installing tile on ceilings, you have several acceptable methods to choose from: Full Article