Laying your concrete basement floor with ceramic tiles is an excellent way to enhance both the beauty and lifespan of your concrete basement floor. The early application of tiles as floor finish was not as successful as it is today because older style tiles broke too easily.
With new technology, the durability and appearance of tiles have tremendously been improved, making the use of tiles a favorable option to various flooring repairs. Follow these steps to lay tile on your concrete basement floor.
Step 1 – Inspect Your Basement Floor for Damages
Inspect your basement floor for cracks, rough surfaces, leaks, and any flooring anomalies before installing ceramic tiles. The damages must be repaired first. Uneven surfaces need to be thoroughly leveled.
Step 2 – Cleaning the Concrete Flooring
Remove dusts and debris with a vacuum cleaner and a broom. Remove stubborn dust and dirt with a mop soaked in a solution of bleach and water. Mop the entire floor area of your basement, as any dirt or dust is a potential hazard to the success of your tiling job. After mopping, allow your concrete basement floor to completely dry.
Step 3 – Preparing the Tiles to Be Installed
Decide on the pattern to be installed and dry-set it. Cut the tiles to the desired size with a nipper, then mark the room flooring to make quadrant divisions with horizontal and vertical lines once the tiles have dry-set. It will be the guide to ensure that the tile application will fit the area of the flooring. Remove the tile pieces and be ready to apply the thinset mortar.
Step 4 – Applying the Thinset Mortar
Read the product instructions on the label. Different manufacturers have different ways to mix their thinset, so make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instruction to the letter. Work with one quadrant at a time, applying the thinset mortar. Put this mixture onto the concrete flooring using the flat side of a trowel.
Step 5 – Setting Down the Ceramic Tiles
The ceramic tiles should now be positioned into the mortar. Securely tap the ceramic tile in its rightful location with a rubber mallet. Spacers should be used to act as a barrier for the grout. Finish filling the concrete flooring area and leave the mortar to fully dry.
Step 6 – Applying the Grout and Drying the Area
Per the manufacturer’s instructions, the grout should be mixed thoroughly as needed. Remove the spacers between the tiles and wipe grout into the space. Allow it to settle and remove excess grout with a soft cloth. The grout should then be allowed to cure, which can take up to 48 hours. The tiled concrete flooring can now be walked on.
All it took was sex steps to tile your concrete basement floor. It’s time to enjoy your handiwork!
Tile can be laid over existing tile, as long as the floor is in good condition with no loose or broken tile. To lay tile over tile:
- Clean Floor: Clean the floor to remove any grease or dirt.
- Cut Door Jambs: Use a jamb saw, or handsaw and spacer block, to cut door jambs to the proper height.
- Layout Tile: Layout the tile pattern on the floor by popping chalk lines to use in aligning the tile.
- Apply Adhesive: Use a notched trowel to apply thin-set mortar mix that has been modified with a latex or polymer additive to increase adhesion.
- Lay Tile: Lay the tile in the thin-set, using a level to make sure the tile are flat and even.
- Cut Tile: Make any cuts that are needed to the tile using a wet saw or tile cutter.
- Allow Adhesive to Set: Allow the thin-set adhesive to dry for 24 hours or more.
- Grout Tile: Apply grout to the floor, wiping off any excess with a damp sponge.
- Allow Grout to Set: Allow the grout to harden before walking on the floor.
Watch this video to find out more.
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Whether you’re updating the look of a room or seeking to improve the value of your home, the addition of a ceramic or porcelain tile floor is always a good move. Tile can be installed directly over a concrete slab or over a wood subfloor with an added layer of backer board. Tile can even be installed over an existing tile floor.
The result of this type of installation is especially dramatic if you’re changing to a larger size tile, as we are in this kitchen. These 8” tiles not only date the room, but the excessive, darker grout lines can actually make the room seem smaller than it actually is.
after flooring is laid how to make a thrishold with a 1” drop.
We just removed laminate over existing tile over a floor. We are wanting
to install new tile over the existing tile, but have found that there are some hollow tile, and used filler to fill in the hollow tile. Our installer is afraid that the new tile will start popping once the it is glued to the old tile.
When he removed some of the base board the old tile came up with the
base board which leads us to believe the tile was not glued properly.
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We want to lay porcelain tile over ceramic tile. I have heard that we will need to be careful the height around the dishwasher area in the kitchen, so we would be able to pull out the dishwasher. Can you elaborate on this a little more?. Also, how do we deal around the toilet area in the bathroom having tile over tile. We just want to avoid pulling out/scraping off the old tile for the mess and for the cost this will imply. Thanks. Sil.
I’m wanting to lay tile in my kitchen. It is a concrete slab that has a control joint running down the middle. Do I need to do something special over that joint?
In your video you are not laying the thin set according to best practices, which is a straight pattern. And I have learned that the pattern in your video is common but results in a substandard adhesion of tile.
how can I have vinylay flooring put in my kitchen on top of ceramic tiles without having to take them up. please
Can you lay tile over tile in a tiled shower floor?
Here’s more information about this topic: https://todayshomeowner.com/video/how-to-lay-tile-over-a-tile-floor/
Give it a read and let us know how things work out.
Thanks for your question.
is it possible to lay tiles on un slabbed fool
what to use to clean the existing tile before tiling
I thought that i must break tiles in my house to install new ceramic tiles however i searched about this point and learned that breaking is unnecessary. Have a nice day
can i tile on tile in and ond on bathroom walls of existing tiles on walls
Is there any problem with laying tile over a, Vermont Stone Tile floor, that is in good shape. We want to change to something the look.
Warranty problems etc?
We have ” mona Cotora” so called tiles which are laid on the bathroom floor and all wet areas. There are no signs of movement or cracks , even the grout in in perfected condition since laid in 1981. My question is, can we safely retile newtiles with no future problem, are there any quality tile preference as well you can recommend .
You said the floor is in perfect condition, so there should be no problems with tiling over it.
Tile options vary, and we’ve noticed that homeowners often follow the trends.
Wood-look porcelain tile is pretty popular: https://todayshomeowner.com/video/wood-look-porcelain-tile-flooring/
So is ceramic tile that looks like marble, like this: https://todayshomeowner.com/video/do-it-how-to-install-ceramic-tile-over-an-existing-floor/
At the end of the day, your choice should reflect your style.
NO. Do not do it. You’re making life difficult for the rest of us. Tile over wood floor is a downgrade.
A: It’s perfectly acceptable to put tile directly on concrete — with a couple of caveats. First, it is important to determine if there is moisture coming up from the slab. Before laying your new floor, make sure the slab is clean.
How do you prepare a concrete floor for ceramic tile?
Start by sweeping your concrete floor to get rid of all dust and debris. Then clean with a wet mop of plain water. Use a few tablespoons of a degreasing cleaner in warm water and scrub the concrete with a scrub brush. Finally, rinse thoroughly.
Do you need backer board for tile on concrete?
Normally, installing cement board is not regarded as necessary when you are laying tile onto a concrete slab since this subfloor is already cementitious—adding cement board would be redundant. The concrete has been painted over, and paint is not an acceptable surface for thin-set adhesive or mortar.
Do I need to prep concrete floor for tile?
Although you don’t need to install an underlayment between the concrete and the tile, you need to prepare the surface before placing the tile. After all, cracks and uneven areas in the concrete can cause damage to the tile above, and uncontrolled moisture in the concrete can destroy the mortar and loosen the tiles.
What type of thinset do you use for tile on concrete?
Modified thinset is the product of choice for most tile installations because of its increased strength and bonding with minimal shrinkage, which means a reduced chance of cracks forming in the tile. WarmlyYours Radiant Heating recommends modified thinset mortar for nearly all tile and stone installations.
What do you use to glue tile to concrete?
When it comes to using tile adhesive on a cement surface, it is best to use thinset mortar. If you‘re placing tile adhesive over cement, then you should make sure that all dust/debris is first removed from it to ensure that the adhesive sticks.
Do you need a moisture barrier under ceramic tile?
Ceramic Tile and Water
But if moisture seeps through the grout in the joints between tiles, it can degrade the thin-set adhesive used to secure the tile and cause the floor to fail. The grout used to fill the joints between tiles is not naturally waterproof, so it needs to be sealed to prevent moisture infiltration.
Do I need to waterproof concrete floor before tiling?
Cement is actually a very porous material and can easily absorb water. Therefore, any concrete that may come into regular contact with water, such as under tile or for a pool, will need to be waterproofed. If cement is not waterproofed, it can cause issues with the mortar used between the tiles.
Do you need to seal a concrete floor before laying laminate?
You don’t need to seal a concrete floor before installing laminate; however, to prevent moisture from the concrete floor from affecting your laminate, install a vapor barrier of polyethylene film. Install this barrier even if the concrete subfloor is covered by vinyl, linoleum, terrazzo or ceramic tile.
Can you lay porcelain tile on concrete?
Installing Tile Directly on Concrete
Ceramic and porcelain tile are so frequently installed at or above grade level on a cement board underlayment or directly on plywood that it almost seems novel to install tile directly on concrete. But that only describes concrete in its perfect, unchanged state.
What underlayment to use for ceramic tile?
Exterior plywood is an acceptable underlayment for tile and is preferred to interior-grade plywoods because the bonding adhesives used are waterproof. If water seeps through the tile installation to the underlayment, it will not cause the wood to swell, as happens with interior-grade plywood.
What is the best tile backer board?
Cement board is a good, reliable backer board that works well on both floors and walls. Keep in mind that most tile setters err on the side of caution and brush a waterproofing membrane on top of cement board when it is in wet areas like showers or tub surrounds.
Do I need a shower pan on concrete floor?
You will have to ensure that there is no wax, oil, grease, or soap scum on the face of the concrete slab that could ruin or reduce the bond. After that, I recommend that you install a sloped shower pan to contain the shower water and prevent harmful organisms from becoming resident in the surrounding walls and floor.
How do you lay tile on a concrete basement floor?
To add tile to your basement, you’ll need to follow several steps.
Cement tile is a type of tile which is made from cement, as the name implies. These tiles are very durable and sturdy, being especially well-suited to high traffic areas, and they come in a range of patterns and colors. Cement tile tends to be about twice as heavy as ceramic tile, and it is less subject to breakage and chipping. Morocco, Portugal, and Latin America are especially famous for their brightly-colored cement tile designs.
More properly, these tiles are actually made from concrete, a mixture of the binding agent known as cement and some type of aggregate. In basic cement tile products, the cement is blended with a pigment while it is being mixed, so that the resulting tiles are colored. These tiles often have dark, earthy colors, a result of the natural dark gray of the cement blending with the pigment. They can be glazed for a glossy finish or left matte, and they are typically sealed to resist moisture and staining.
It is also possible to find encaustic cement tiles, which are made by creating a pattern from several different colors. Encaustic tiles are brightly colored and very bold, with meandering designs which often have a heavy floral or geometric influence. Many encaustic tiles are designed to interlock to create a repeating pattern. This method of cement tile production was developed in the 1800s, and the persistence of bright colors in tiles dating back to this period would suggest that encaustic tiles are a good choice for people who want very durable flooring.
Like other types of tile, cement tile is designed to be laid on a hard, flat surface and then grouted. The tiles and grout can be sealed after installation to prevent the seepage of water, grease, and other spills, keeping the floor in good condition. In some cases, cement tile is laid over a heated floor, with the floor conducting and slowly releasing radiant heat to keep the structure warm.
Home supply stores usually carry or can order cement tile, and some people like to make it at home, mixing their own pigments and building molds for their tiles. Home made tiles can also be made with inclusions which are pressed into the tiles as they set. It is also possible to order tile through specialty companies which import cement tile from traditional centers of production in Morocco, Portugal, Italy, and Latin American nations.
Special cutting tools are required to trim cement tile, because it is quite hard. Some hardware stores rent out tile cutting equipment so that people do not have to purchase it for tile installation, and it is also possible to use the services of a professional flooring company, for people who do not feel up to installing their own tile.
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Floor coverings need a solid base for installation. But if the base is not solid, some compensation can be found with the floor covering itself.
Laminate flooring, engineered wood, and even solid hardwood are moderately flexible. As the house expands and contracts, the flooring does too. Luxury vinyl plank and tile, along with sheet vinyl flooring, are all supremely flexible floor coverings.
Ceramic and porcelain tile, by contrast, do not compensate. Tile cannot bend, flex, or shift. Compensation needs to be made with the substrate, not the tile.
Complicating matters, the material that fills tile seams, tile grout, cannot flex or shift. More than almost any other type of floor covering, tile needs a rock-solid base.
3 Methods of Installing Tile on Concrete
If you attach the tile to concrete, there are three ways to do it, with the third way being preferred. You can install the tile directly on the concrete. You can install a CBU or cement board on the concrete, then the tile on top of that. Finally, you can use an uncoupling membrane between the tile and the concrete.
Install Tile Directly on Concrete
Ceramic and porcelain tile are so frequently installed at or above grade level on a cement board underlayment or directly on plywood that it almost seems novel to install tile directly on concrete.
Requires no extra materials
Often can work for years, until concrete begins to crack
Substrate is not raised
Concrete cracks transfer to tile
Thinset remains on concrete if tile is removed
This application does make sense, since concrete is heavy, solid, and is typically thought of as an unbending, uncompromising material. Far denser than plywood and weighing in at a hefty 75 pounds per square foot (at a six-inch depth), concrete is heavy. Not only that, concrete and tile are both mineral-based materials, so it seems natural that the two would be a perfect match.
But that only describes concrete in its perfect, unchanged state. Concrete responds poorly to foundation shifts. Groundwater pushing up from below can crack it. Tree roots routinely burrow under concrete slabs, then lift and crack them. The best mode of thought is to assume that your concrete will crack at some point in its lifespan.
The safest way to approach questionable concrete is not to cover it over with CBUs but to fix the concrete. Cracks and gaps can be filled with Portland cement-based fillers. Tile cannot be attached directly to painted concrete, as the thinset will not adhere well to the paint. Painted concrete can be made porous with sandblasting or other hard abrasive actions.
While you can install tile directly on concrete, problems may erupt when the concrete cracks or shifts. All of the movement in concrete is transferred to the tile. Cracks in concrete immediately become cracks in the tile. If you were to remove a cracked tile from concrete, undoubtedly you would see the same crack pattern below.
That said, installing tile directly on concrete is not always disastrous. Stable concrete can act as a substrate for many years.
Install Tile on Concrete With a Cement Board
If the concrete floor exhibits cracks, gaps, holes, or other imperfections, does it make sense to put down an entire underlayment of cement board, such as HardieBacker or Durock, instead of repairing each imperfection piecemeal?
Preferable to direct-to-concrete installation
Helps smooth out bumpy, uneven concrete
Raises substrate level
Might end up transferring cracks anyway
Durock, HardieBacker, and WonderBoard are all cement backer boards and are 100-percent inorganic materials that will not rot, shrink, or decompose.
In one sense, laying cement board on good concrete would be unnecessary and redundant: a cement product on a cement product. Veteran tile installers have differing opinions, with some saying that this can be done, especially if floor level needs to be raised significantly. In this type of application, attaching a CBU to the concrete is preferable to floating an entire floor's worth of mortar bed.
Most tile professionals agree that attaching a CBU to a concrete floor would be more trouble than it is worth. If anything, it would be difficult to screw the CBU into the concrete, especially with the middle layer of the thinset.
In short, installing cement board between concrete and tile is possible. But generally, it is not worth the effort and it may even result in a poor tile installation. Most importantly, the cement board is not considered to be an effective uncoupling material. While you may gain some benefits from using cement board as an uncoupling surface, a true uncoupling membrane's benefits far exceed this.
Install Tile on Concrete With an Uncoupling Membrane
It's best to take special precautions by uncoupling the tile from the concrete. Rather than using cement boards (CBUs), the favored method is to use an uncoupling membrane.
Ordinary concrete is fine for your average backyard patio, but to create a rich, inviting outdoor patio space, installing tile is the best way to go. There is a huge selection of tile styles and colors for you to choose from, and the greatest benefit of using tiles is that they can be laid directly on top of preexisting concrete.
Once you’ve gone through all your options and found a tile style that suits you, these instructions will help you plan out your project and install the pieces without overlooking important details.
Laying floor tile over concrete is not a technically demanding job. It can be physically strenuous and messy, but it is a home improvement project that will allow you to cut labor costs by doing it yourself.
Step 1 – Preparing the Concrete
Before you begin to lay the tile over your concrete slab, make sure the concrete is properly prepared. Mix up a bucket of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) solution. TSP is a high-strength cleaner, which is useful for removing dirt, grease, and oil from your existing surface. Scrub the floor with a brush and TSP, and allow it to dry thoroughly. Then examine the floor and see if there are any cracks or pits that need to be fixed before you lay the tile.
Keep in mind, any uneven areas will allow the tile to rock back and forth, even after installation. If the tile isn’t completely flat, it will probably crack somewhere down the road. Take the time now to use the concrete patch or leveler to ensure you have a flat surface with no defects.
Step 2 – Seal the Concrete
Once your repairs have dried, seal the concrete. True, using a sealant is an extra step in the process, and you don’t really need to do it, but in the long run, it will be time well spent. Applying a sealant will prevent moisture from settling under your tiles and will allow your mortar to stick tightly.
Step 3 – Plan Your Layout in Advance
As you get ready to begin laying the tile, you will need to decide ahead of time where you want your configuration to begin and end. This is important because you will most likely have to cut pieces at the end to make them fit. It is usually best if these cut pieces are in inconspicuous places, such as against the home. Plan your starting point accordingly to ensure that you can hide the cut pieces as well as possible. It is best to mark your starting point on the concrete floor and snap a chalk line the entire length of the room. You can use this line as a reference point to make sure that your first row is square and even.
Step 4 – Mixing Mortar
After you have decided where you want to begin, you must mix and put down a layer of mortar. Keep in mind that different varieties of mortar work best with different types of tiling so you should make sure your selections are compatible. Once you’ve chosen a mortar, follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer and begin to mix the mortar. Don’t mix too far in advance, as it will begin to set on you before you can use it.
Step 5 – Applying Mortar
Begin spreading the mortar over a small area using a trowel. As a tip, a grooved trowel will work the best for this kind of a job.
Never spread out more than what you can cover with three or four tiles at a time. If you run into trouble and have to stop or slow down but you’ve got a huge area of mortar already spread, it may start to set up before you can get the tile down. Just do a little at a time, and you will save yourself a potentially huge headache.
Step 6 – Installing the Tiles
Lay the tiles into the mortar, and using the spacers, make sure you are running even with the chalk line. As you move on to the subsequent rows, use the spacers to keep your pattern square. Once a tile is set, try to avoid touching it again. As soon as you make a small adjustment to one, you will find that you need to adjust them all. It is far more efficient to get it right the first time and not have to touch it again.
Wash the tiles off with a damp rag as you go. If you leave clumps of mortar to dry on the surface of the tile, it will make cleaning them later much more difficult. As you get to the end of the room, make sure your cut pieces fit properly, and then leave the mortar to dry as specified by the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 7 – Grouting the Tile
The next step is to grout the tile. Mix the grout as specified on the package, and begin liberally spreading it over the tile using the grout float. Use the float to make sure there are no low spots. Then use a damp rag to wipe any excess grout from the face of the tile. Once the grout has had time to set, repeat the process. Don’t worry at this point if the tile appears a little cloudy.
Step 8 – Clea ning Up
Once the grout is completely dry, take a wet rag and wash the surface of the entire floor. As the floor dries, you will probably notice a haze forming over the tile. Allow it to dry completely, and then go back over it with a slightly damp rag. This should polish the haze right off.
Once you have polished the remaining grout and mortar residue off of the floor and are confident that the grout has fully cured, use the grout sealer to prevent stains and mildew from taking hold in the future.
Think you need to install a layer of plywood or a cement board underlayment over your concrete floor before laying tile? Before you do all the extra work, discover how easy it is to lay tile on concrete. Find out which precautions you should take before placing tile and find out how to prepare your concrete floor for laying tile. remembering that different types of floor tiles have different handling and installation requirements.
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What You Need to Know Before Laying Tile on Concrete
Although you don’t need to install an underlayment between the concrete and the tile, you need to prepare the surface before placing the tile. After all, cracks and uneven areas in the concrete can cause damage to the tile above, and uncontrolled moisture in the concrete can destroy the mortar and loosen the tiles. When you take time to prepare the concrete floor, you’ll have a better chance of creating an even tile design that looks great and is built to last. Take a look at the two most common options for preparing a concrete floor.
Install Tile Directly on the Concrete Floor
In many cases, you can lay tile directly on the concrete surface, which is naturally hard and durable. This option works best when the concrete floor is in good condition, so take care to follow all of the steps below to repair cracks, fill depressions, and make sure the floor is level. Large ceramic flooring tiles will crack under heavy load if laid on an uneven floor.
Install an Uncoupling Membrane Between Concrete and Tile
Even though your concrete floor is in great condition now, it won’t always look that way. Concrete floors can easily develop cracks when the underlying foundation shifts and almost every foundation will experience at least minor shifts over time. You can anticipate that your concrete floor will eventually crack.
To prevent those movements from transferring to the tile floor, consider installing an uncoupling membrane between the concrete and tile surfaces. This flexible polyethylene layer is easy to install and can protect the tile from both cracking and moisture.
How to Prepare a Concrete Floor for Tile
After getting to know the precautions you should take before laying tile and choosing the installation option that works best for your floor, you’re ready to get started. Follow the seven steps below to get your concrete floor in great shape.
1. Gather Your Supplies
Before you get to work, take the time to gather the supplies and tools you’ll need. You’ll want to have the following at your fingertips:
- Box fan (optional)
- Concrete patching compound
- Concrete sealer
- Degreasing cleaner
- Five-gallon bucket
- Roller with extended handle
- Scrub brush
- Towels or cloths
- Uncoupling membrane (optional)
2. Sweep the Floor
No matter how dirty or clean the concrete floor looks, start the process by sweeping the floor. Use the broom and dustpan to give the entire surface a thorough sweep, and make sure you’ve removed all accumulated dirt, dust, and debris.
3. Scrub the Floor
After sweeping, give the floor a good scrub to remove any stubborn dirt or persistent stains. Pour a few tablespoons of degreasing cleaner into the bucket, and add about a gallon of warm water to create a cleaning solution. Use the solution and the scrub brush to clean the floor thoroughly. While you won’t want to miss any spots, you should spend extra time scrubbing greasy or oily areas.
Not sure which degreasing cleaners work best? Opt for standard dishwashing soap or a mixture with trisodium phosphate.
4. Rinse the Floor
Once you’ve scrubbed the floor, rinse it with warm water. Focus on one isolated section at a time, and use towels or cloths to dry each section as you go.
Since you’ll need the floor to be completely dry before moving on to the next step, allow up to a day for the floor to dry. If the humidity level is relatively high or if the area doesn’t receive much natural circulation, use a box fan to increase circulation and dry the floor faster.
5. Patch Any Cracks
After cleaning the floor thoroughly, you’ll need to patch cracks in the concrete floor, as they can expand and cause the tiles above to shift or break. Use a trowel to apply the concrete patching compound at the site of each crack.
Although you should fill the cracks, you’ll want to make sure that no extra compound remains on the surface of the floor. Use the trowel’s flat edge to smooth each patch and make sure the floor stays level. Keep in mind that bumps and uneven areas in the concrete floor can cause the tiles to break or rock after installation.
6. Fill Any Depressions
If the concrete floor has any depressions or flaws from the original installation or later damage, you’ll need to repair them, too. Use the concrete patching compound to fill any depressions, taking care to keep the surface of the floor level. Allow the floor surface to dry for at least 12 hours, and make sure the floor is completely dry before moving on to the next step.
7. Apply the Sealer
After cleaning, patching, and repairing the concrete floor, you’ll be ready to seal it. This process creates a protective layer that prevents moisture from seeping through the concrete and into the tile floor.
Use a roller with an extended handle to apply the concrete sealer. Be sure to cover the entire floor to create an effective protective layer. Take care to keep the surface level as you go, and avoid building up uneven layers of sealer. Allow the sealer to dry completely.
8. Lay the Membrane (Optional)
If you’ve decided to use an uncoupling membrane between the concrete floor and the tile floor, you can put it in place after applying the sealer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to lay the membrane evenly across the concrete floor.
Patching and sealing a concrete floor takes extra time and effort, but these essential steps ensure that the surface will support the tile for years to come. Once you’ve prepared the concrete floor, you’ll be ready to lay a tile floor and create your ideal design.
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Tile is one of the most popular flooring materials in North America.
There are many different types of tile installation methods, but it’s important to know that you can install tile directly on concrete floors with some preparation steps.
In this article, we’re going to go over seven steps that will lead you towards a successful tile installation. Let’s get right into it.
Step 1 – Remove any existing finishes or coatings
The first step towards tile installation is to remove any existing finishes or coatings that may prevent adhesion.
This includes the removal of old, cracked thin-set mortar; which you can check by lightly tapping on your floor with a hammer.
If the surface sounds hollow, then it’s time for you to move on to step two.
You may be able to remove any coatings yourself using a paint scraper or clay removal tool – just make sure that these tools are new and sharp.
A floor scraper or smooth wire brush is also a safe option if you’re removing paint, which you’ll likely see if your former coating was glossy.
Whatever method you use to remove any existing coatings, just make sure that it’s thorough and complete.
If the surface of your concrete has any oil stains then consider using an alkaline cleaner before proceeding with step two.
Once these are removed, be sure to rinse well with water after cleaning to prevent any dirt from re-sticking to the surface.
Step 2 – Use a diamond grinder to create a roughened surface for thin-set adhesion
After removing any previous coatings, the next thing that you’ll want to do is use a diamond grinder to create a roughened surface for thin-set adhesion.
This step is important because it will allow your adhesive product to hold firmly onto the surface of your concrete.
You can rent a diamond grinder from your local home improvement store, but it’s important to note that you’ll need to wear safety glasses and a dust mask – just in case you come across any sharp edges that may have been missed.
Once the surface of your concrete is roughened, then you’re ready for step three.
Step 3 – Remove any residual debris using a vacuum or leaf blower
Once your floor has been prepared for tile installation by roughening the surface and removing all previous coatings and debris, it’s time to remove any residual debris using a vacuum or leaf blower.
Using a vacuum cleaner is recommended because it will reduce the likelihood of creating excess dust, which may become airborne and affect the quality of your work.
To prevent any residual debris from re-sticking to the surface, just make sure that you thoroughly clean and rinse with water after cleaning.
If rinsing isn’t possible then we recommend using compressed air instead of a leaf blower or vacuum to remove any dust or dirt.
Step 4 – Use thin-set mortar as an adhesive product and follow manufacturer instructions
When it comes time to choosing an adhesive product for tile installation, it’s important to note that many adhesives are manufactured for specific applications.
Because of this, we recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions for tile installation.
Most adhesive products contain similar ingredients, but it’s important to learn which ones may or may not be compatible with your specific product depending on the type of installation that you’re doing.
For example, some thin-set manufacturers recommend the use of latex additives for concrete floors if installing over radiant heating systems because it will prevent cracking.
Once everything is measured out and ready to go, then you can mix your adhesive product following manufacturer instructions. If this isn’t possible due to time restraints, then at least try to prepare it in advance so that nothing slows down your installation process.
Step 5 – Apply adhesive using a 1/4″ x 3/16″ V-notched trowel
After preparing your adhesive product, then it’s time to apply the thin-set mortar.
The best way to do this is by using a 1/4″ x 3/16″ V-notched trowel and following the “scratching” method.
Remember: when applying adhesive, it’s important to be mindful of your surface temperature because higher temperature substrates will require more heat for the adhesive to cure properly.
While this step is usually done with a special tool known as a notching trowel, you can also use an ordinary steel straight edge like that of a level if one is available on site.
Step 6 – Use hardboard panels and install them around the perimeter of the room
If you need to install hardboard panels around the perimeter of your room, then we recommend using a circular saw and cutting them to size.
Just make sure that you measure twice and cut once because it’s important to have everything fit properly for tiles to lay flat with no visible seams.
Once they are cut to size, simply screw them in place using screws designed for use with drywall – making sure that they don’t go all the way through the hardboard.
You’ll also want to use plastic panel anchors when securing these boards into place. Be very careful when doing this because both types of fasteners are sharp.
Can You Install Tile Directly On Concrete – FAQ
Do I need to level my floor?
A level floor is always suggested. If you want to level a floor , you must use a leveling compound, trowel it out and let it dry. You can’t put tiles on top of a wet leveling compound. After the floor is level, you need to make sure all the dust has been cleaned up. Also, check out this guide on how to remove a tile in case something goes wrong in the process.
How do I install tile on a floor with no subfloor?
Installing tile without a subfloor isn’t too difficult. If seams are showing in the concrete, tape them off, then place construction adhesive or mortar across the entire floor area where you plan to lay tile. Go buy some thin-set mortar for about $5 per bag at your local hardware store. Mix according to package directions, being careful not to create too much at once because it begins setting quickly. Pour it on the floor and spread it out evenly to create a flat surface.
The key is to make sure the thin-set mortar spreads over the entire floor so there are no bumps. Also, be careful not to get any on your shoe, as you will carry it into your house and all over the carpet and furniture.
If this happens, simply scrape or wipe up with a damp towel or rag as soon as possible before too much of it dries. Once the thin-set mortar has been smoothed out evenly on top of the concrete, let it dry for about an hour before putting more on layers until you achieve smoothness (no lumps).