GGCL Guide: How to lay porcelain floor tiles
Porcelain floor tiles are usually the most preferred choice of builders, architects and interior designers for the flooring. The thickness and strength along with the durability, lustrous surface, resistance to moisture and ease of cleaning has made the porcelain floor tiles to be the ideal flooring material. While the beauty of porcelain floor tiles cannot be matched, the process of installing requires great amount of patience and pre planning.
Before directly going and randomly laying down the floor tiles, you need to first study the layout. Ideally, you should start with laying down the backer board (usually fiberglass or cement sheets) otherwise there is a risk of the floor tiles popping off. Then you need to evaluate the layout and measure the area to be tiled. The easiest and the most failsafe way to achieve this level of precision and perfection is to draw the layout lines on the floor where you want to install the porcelain tiles. This measurement and layout drawing should be made considering the size and pattern of the porcelain floor tiles you are planning to install.
Next comes the trimming of the porcelain floor tiles as per our requirements based on the layout. The water jet cutting tool is the most ideal tool to trim the tiles with precision. In case the water jet cutting tool isn’t available, you can use the diamond blade cutter too but keep a steady stream of water flowing on the tiles where the cuts are being made.
Once you have all the required porcelain floor tiles pieces as per the layout requirement, you can start installing them. For the installation, first apply a layer of adhesive on the floor. When the level of adhesives is even, start from the center and keep on laying the porcelain floor tiles one after another adjacently. To finish the laying down process, apply grout between all the groves and tile edges. Once finished, wipe the entire wall with grout sponge and water to remove the excess grout.