Do you want to lay porcelain tiles in your home, but don’t know how to do it? Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a DIY expert to lay your own flooring. Follow our guide and have a stunning addition to your home before you know it!
Why choose Porcelain Paving?
Porcelain is a naturally beautiful addition to your home. Not to mention, this paving not only looks stunning, but it is also tough and durable; great for indoor and outdoor use! You won’t have to worry about water marks or scratches on this surface. You don’t even have to seal it and it is fade resistant, which means it looks great for years to come. Plus, there are so many designs from modern to traditional that there is something to suit everyone’s taste!
For example, Global Stone Paving Porcelain Petrous Premium Collection Trento Black Indoor Tiles are the perfect addition to a contemporary home. This beautiful porcelain is from Italy and comes in shades of dark grey and charcoal, with occasional white banding. It is hard wearing and slip resistance, which means it is perfect for indoor and outdoor use and it will retain its colours even after several years. There is little maintenance needed to keep these porcelain tiles looking good.
Laying Your Tiles
While you may have already made up your mind and settled for porcelain paving for your home, you may be wondering how you lay it properly yourself. If you are never done this before, it is recommended that you follow a few steps carefully to make sure you get the finished style you want.
Before you begin with all of the hard work, it is important that you know what your room will look like when it is finished. You can get a sneak preview by laying out all of your paving first. This will let you see how it will look and if you are sure you want to go ahead with the job. Make sure you take a note of the size of the room to be tiled beforehand, so you know how many you need to lay. After all, you don’t want to under or overspend on porcelain tiles! In addition, be sure to choose a colour and design of indoor porcelain tiles that you like and will complement your home.
To see what everything will look like, you should find the centre point of your floor. This will be using the measurements you have and finding the centre where you will lay the first tile. From here you can lay the next ones and make sure everything is going to look good. Make sure to place the tiles in a straight line and start working out the way towards either wall. It is recommended to leave a small space between each tile. At this point, if you make any mistakes, they can be easily corrected. Don’t start to lay the adhesive until you know everything fits and looks the way it should.
Now you want to start over again and lay the adhesive on your surface. Be sure to spread it evenly and start from the centre point that you started with your tiles. From here, work in quadrants to lay the tiles. This way you have small sections to work on at one time and it follows your pattern that you tried out before. The first tile you lay will be at the centre. All you have to do is lay it down on the adhesive; you don’t have to twist it or dig the tile. Simply place it down firmly. Next, use tile spacers to ensure you have the right gap between your porcelain tiles and continue the same technique for the next tiles.
Of course, the adhesive will need time to dry, so now it is a waiting game! Leave the room overnight to let everything dry ready for the next step. Then it is time to do the grouting between the tiles. You want to press the grout into the joints and gaps that you have between your tiles in an even level, skimming any excess. If you have a grout on your tiles and it has left a haze, use a damp sponge to remove this. Now you just have to leave everything to set and there you have a beautiful porcelain floor in your home!