“Overview of Installing Tile Flooring Over Cement Board for a Durable Finish”
Installing tile over cement board is a great way to update any room. Cement board is a type of covering used on floors that provides a firm and sturdy surface for laying tile. It is much more durable than wood subflooring, and is a good option when installing tiles in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Here are the basic steps for how to install tile over cement board for a successful and attractive tile installation.
Before beginning, you should measure the area you plan to tile. This will help you determine how much tile you will need, allowing you to buy enough to cover the desired space. Once you have purchased the right amount of tile, you should mark the center of the room. Snap a chalk line across the width and length of the area to determine the center.
Now you can begin spreading the thinset. You will need a trowel to do this. Start at the center of the room and spread the thinset on the floor. You will need to be sure your thinset covers the entire area and is spread evenly.
Once you have the thinset down, you can place the tiles. Begin at the center and place the tile in the corner formed by the two chalk lines you snapped. Make sure that the tile is level and pressed firmly into the thinset.
Now you can use tile spacers to determine the spacing between each tile. Place a tile spacer at each corner of the tile and press it firmly against the tile. This will help you maintain a consistent spacing between tiles.
Continue laying the tiles, applying thinset and tile spacers until you reach the edges of the room. To cut the tiles to fit walls or other edges, use a wet saw. This will ensure consistent and clean cuts, making your tile installation look professional.
When all the tiles have been laid, let the thinset and tiles cure overnight before walking on them. The next day you can grout between each tile. Use a special grout float to apply grout to all the grout lines, taking care to evenly fill each one.
After allowing the grout to set, use a bucket and sponge to wipe down the tile and slightly spread out the grout. Let the grout cure and harden, and then your tile installation is complete. You can now enjoy the beauty of new tile in your home.