Adding A Marble Tile Floor
Adding a marble tile floor in your home or office is a great investment. With proper maintenance, you can be assured of great-looking floors for many years.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Marble tiles
- Notched trowel
- Cement backer board (optional)
- Thin-set mortar
- Damp cloth
- Rubber grout float
Step 1: Check the Shipment
Marble can crack during transportation. As soon as your shipment arrives, inspect the boxes thoroughly for breakage. You can inform your manufacturer of any damage, and discuss replacement or refund.
Step 2: Ready the Floor
Marble is heavy, and your floor must be stable and sturdy enough to take its weight. You can test the stability of the floor by bouncing on the floor and listening to the vibrations. If there is too much vibration, your floor is not stable enough. To add stability, you can install a cement backer board on top of your floor. To install a cement backer board, apply mortar on the floor, and run a trowel though the mortar. Then, lay down the cement board on top, and join the board to the floor by using a drill and the screws provided with the board. Alternatively, you can strengthen your floor by adding joists to the ceiling under the floor. The floor must also be level. You can use a floor leveling compound to correct any issues. Thoroughly clean and dry the floor before installing the marble tiles.
Step 3: Do a Test Installation
Before installing the tiles, you must lay out the tiles to decide if you need any changes in layout. First, determine the center of the room. Measure and mark the centers of the floor length-wise and width-wise. Join the centers, length-to-length and width-to-width. The intersection point is the center, around which you can lay your marble tiles. After laying out the tiles, make any required changes in the layout.
Step 4 – Start Installing the Marble Tiles
Place a tile in the center of the room. Use a marker to outline the tile area. Apply thin-set mortar inside this area, and then place the tile firmly on it. Start spreading mortar around the rest of the area with a notched trowel. Place one tile at a time, starting around the center tile. Use a spacer around each tile you place on the mortar, so that the lines between the tiles look even in the end.
Step 5 – Grout the Tiles
Mix the grout with water, a little at a time. The grout should be like a thick batter. Only mix small amounts at a time, as grout hardens quickly. Start from a corner, so you will not have to walk over newly grouted tiles. Use a rubber grout float at a 45-degree angle to grout the tiles, filling the lines between them. Use a damp cloth to wipe any excess grout from the tile. Be careful not to let any water drip, as it will be absorbed by the grout. Apply sealant to the floor after the grout has cured. You can refer to the grout manufacturer’s guide to find out how long it will take for the grout to cure. Buy the sealant recommended for your tile type, and apply it with a sponge. Keep the tiles dry for several days after sealant application.
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