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How To Install Tile Floor in Your Home on a Small Budget

October 7, 2019

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You must have recently looked down at the floor and realized you need to do some renovating. Well, we’re here to support you in your renovating adventure when it comes to installing a tile floor. Tile flooring is really affordable for any budget and is a breeze to clean. Let’s go step by step. 


Measure The Floor

For square rooms, multiply the length of the room by the width and round all your measurements up to the nearest foot always. For any other sized room cut the room into a triangle or square sections and add it together.


Buy The Tile

It’s time to find the tile that is right for your floor. Using the information above find out how much of your dream tile you will need and then buy 15% more just in case there are any accidents. When laying tile it’s almost guaranteed you’ll break one. 

Be sure to explore any options online. People may be giving old tiles away for cheap or free! The great thing about tiles is that no matter what you spend the tiles look more expensive than they actually are. Keep in mind not to buy anything too slippery if you know the floor will get wet. 


Tools & Materials 

Check the list before starting the project.

  • Level
  • Goggles
  • Carpenter’s Square
  • Grout
  • Tile
  • Tile Adhesive
  • Silicone Chaulk
  • Silicone Grout Sealer
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Bucket
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Knee Pads
  • Hammer
  • Tile Cutter


Floor Preparation

Time to get your hands dirty! To begin, let’s remove the existing flooring. Scrape off any remaining adhesives and then rigorously clean the floor.

Check to see that the subfloor is level and be sure to fill any low spots or cracks in the concrete with concrete patching compound. For wood framing, make sure the subfloor is dry, rigid, and securely attached to the joists. Never apply tile directly to plywood or a wood subfloor. 


Consider the Layout

Start experimenting and seeing how the tile can be laid out that is aesthetically pleasing to you and compliments the room. 


Start Laying Tile

Mix up a thin-set mortar in a 5-gallon bucket by using a mixing paddle and be sure to use the correct ratio of water to mortar mix. Make sure you only create 15 minutes worth of mix each time. Keep a bucket of clean water near you with a sponge handy to wipe off any mix before it drys to clean tools. 

Use a notched trowel to spread the mortar evenly on a small area where you will start laying the tile. Position the tile in the mortar along the guidelines and press into place.

  • Use plastic spacers to create joints in the tiles
  • Constantly check the level and alignment of tiles
  • Let the tile sit for 24 hours before you put any weight on top. 


Cutting Tile

Let’s get that tile to fit the wall. 

  • Measure the distance to the wall
  • Mark the distance on the tile
  • Mark any tile curves 
  • Here you’ll but using a tile cutter or an equivalent to create any of the cuts. 


Finishing the Edges

Here you will install tile 4” up the wall using thin-set or construction adhesive. Make sure you line up the joints in the baseboard tile with the floor for a continuous look. If you don’t it’s going to look pretty wonky for guests.


Grout Time

Un-sanded grout may be used on joints less than 1/8” while larger joints require sanded grout. Clean the joints to remove any dust and debris before filling.

Follow the mixing instructions labeled on your grout and apply the grout with a rubber float. After the grout has set for a couple of minutes begin to wipe off any excess grout with a wet sponge and clean water. Once the grout has hardened you can then apply sealer to the joints using a foam brush or applicator bottle.


Brand New Floors

Behold! Your brand new floors that you spent the time and effort to make. It doesn’t take much time or money to create something amazing, just commitment. Now anytime something spills on the floor you might see that mess differently and clean it up faster. 

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