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How to Lay a Ceramic Tile Floor in Your Kitchen

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When you plan out your kitchen remodel, you might initially believe that you must hire contractors to most of the actual work for you. While it may be necessary for you to rely on a contractor to take on more dangerous projects like installing new electrical wiring or putting in a gas line, you do not necessarily have to hire professionals to complete some of the easier tasks involved in the remodeling. One of these tasks that you can enjoy doing by yourself involves laying the new floor for your kitchen. When you follow these four simple steps, you can lay a new ceramic tile floor that you can take pride in and enjoy for years.

Ceramic Tile Kitchen Floor

Step 1: Mix and Lay the Thinset

Before you can actually lay the tiles, you must mix and lay the thinset. Thinset is a mortar-like material that will hold the backer board and tiles in place. As you mix the thinset according to the directions on the package, you should also keep in mind that it ideally should have a texture like that of peanut butter. After it is mixed thoroughly, you should then use a trowel to apply and spread generous amounts evenly across the floor.

Step 2: Lay the Backer Board

After you apply the thinset to the floor, you should then lay the backer board. Backer board is a drywall-like material that will provide the foundation of your new ceramic tile floor. As you lay the board, you should make any adjustments to its placement while the thinset is still wet. You can then screw it into place by following the pre-marked pattern on the backer board. After you have secured it into place, you can then allow it to dry before beginning the work to lay your ceramic tile.

Step 3: Set the Pattern for the Tile

Before you lay any tile, it is important that you determine the pattern and the placement of your floor. You can lay the tiles down and experiment with how you want your flooring to look prior to cementing the tiles into place. As you experiment, you should also use markers and spacers to ensure that the tiles will fit properly across your floor. The spacers will account for the thinset and grout that you will apply later while the markers will help you remember where each tile should go.

Step 4: Lay the Ceramic Tile Flooring

After you determine its proper pattern and placement, you can then begin the actual work of laying your new floor. You should begin by laying another layer of thinset on top of the backer board and then carefully placing each tile into its rightful place on the thinset. It is vital that you make adjustments or move tiles while the thinset is still wet. You should also keep a wet towel with you to wipe away excess thinset. When each tile is in place and your floor is completed, you should then finish your work by applying the grout to the flooring.

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