Tile Installation: >> 1st things first - You Can Do This!
This is the ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile installations, this section is really a roadmap to help steer you in the right direction within the "Installation, Layout, and Products" section.
This is an excellent section for the novice and veteran alike.
- For the novice, these sections are critical in that they describe the steps, methods, tools, and materials for stone and ceramic tile installations.
- For the veteran, there are new trade ideas and products that are constantly changing.
Installation, Layout and Products Roadmap
Whether your job involves exterior tile installations or interior tile installations, you can find the roadmap here.
Look in SETTING/GROUTING MATERIALS for information concerning what ceramic, porcelain, or stone tile can be adhered to, what type of adhesive to use, as well as how to finish the job.
Look in TOOLS for the latest in tools for the ceramic, porcelain, or stone tile installer. Look for best installation practices of ELECTRIC FLOOR WARMING with WarmlyYours and The Tile Doctor working together to upgrade a cold tile floor with the soothing warmth of a floor warming system.
Look in SURFACE PREPARATION for ways to prepare the installation to receive the tile and its proper backing materials. This section also covers the various legal requirements in construction projects.
For the required expansion joints commonly used, look in EXPANSION JOINTS/MEMBRANES. This section also covers cleavage membranes, waterproofing membranes, and crack suppression.
For help in properly planning your job, look in ESTIMATING AND LAYOUT.
When the plan involves placing floor tile, the section on FLOORS is a "must read." Choosing the right method is the critical element in success or failure.
The same is true of WALLS.
If the plan is to tackle a ceramic, porcelain, or stone tile countertop system, look in COUNTERTOPS to find the best methods and procedures to fit your ability and budget.
Look in SHOWERS AND TUBS for specific information related to those installations.
In SPECIAL OR DECORATIVE, there are ideas on the use of these products.
For those who simply wish to fix some part of an existing installation that has failed or otherwise broken, look in REPLACING DAMAGED TILE OR FIXTURES.