Pointers for Proper Tile Installation

Pointers for Proper Tile Installation

May 26, 2011

Marble and Granite offers an array of tiles from around the world, providing beautiful, durable products for your home. Before installing your tile, here are a few points to consider.  Keep in mind that the guidelines for particular projects may vary. Verify proper installation techniques for each project.

Tiles are often transported in boxes of 10 tiles each, weighing approximately 60 lbs. Handle with care.

After ensuring that you have received the proper order, remove the tiles from the box and arrange them in the designated space in a random order; it is not necessary or recommended to arrange the tiles in the order in which they were shipped. Consider the direction of the stone's veining to create a unified arrangement.

Once you have laid out the stone, ensure that there are extras for odd spaces, errors, etc. If you do not have adequate tiles for the space do not proceed. Ordering additional tiles may result in inconsistent tone.

When installing tile, you have the option of using adhesive or mechanical anchoring. The recommended technique depends on the size of the tiles and where you will put them. Indoor and outdoor installations have different methods so be sure to verify with a fabricator or installer.

Also, if you are not installing the tile yourself, speak with the installer and  approve the grout that he or she plans to use on your project. Color and material will effect the overall look of your project.

Source: Marble and Granite

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