This guide covers everything for putting a ceramic or porcelain tile floor, including leveling the floor, installing underlayment, marking guides, laying tile and grouting joints. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll have the know-how to install tile in almost any situation.
Before we start, if you don’t do this work yourself and you live in Perth area, we highly recommend using expert floor tilers in Perth. You can see the quality of their work and attention to details in each picture. If you are not local to Perth, we recommend using home advisor for free offers. They match homeowners with local contractors who are screened and approved and can complete work correctly.
Steps to install tile floors
Step 1: Check the subfloor
There is a lot of confusion about what is a subfloor that is suitable for tiles. The majority of installations take place on a subfloor of wood or concrete, and two large concerns involve too much deflection and movement from seasonal changes.
Step 2: Install Underlayment
The tile floor is only as good as the bottom layer below it. General cement boards are installed on a mortar bed. Another option is to install the ditra underlayment which serves as an inseparable membrane, eliminating some of the main causes for cracked and delaminated tiles.
Step 3: Lay Tiles
With the right preparation work, the tile installation is an easy thing. The tilers pre-cut all the tiles around the perimeter, support posts, steps and doors, and they lay the tile according to their guides. Mortar in the joints is a common problem, but professionals have great tricks for eliminating excess mortar.