How to install marble floors
Marble will give any big space a royal feeling. It will also increase the value of your home.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Tape measure
- Ruler, square and angle
- Tile cement
- Tile saw
- A soft mallet
- Tile cutters
- Caulking gun with caulk
- Wood wedges
- Protective eyewear, mask and gloves
Marble tiles. Think about the traffic in the room. If the traffic is high then you should use marble tiles that are thicker than usual. Always buy extra tiles just in case one brakes.
Leveling the sub-floors. The sub-flooring needs to be smooth to make the installation of the marble tiles easier. Make sure there are no holes or bumps and that doors will be able to close after you install the marble tiles.
Drainage. If you’re installing a marble floor for your bathroom, then make sure that it has a slight slope towards the drain to get rid of the excess water.
Placing tiles. The adhesive cement needs to cover the entire back of the tile. Let no space between tiles. The excess cement should be removed before it dries.
Tapping down tiles. Always be sure that tiles are leveled. After you install an entire row, tap each tile with a soft mallet to see if they are placed correctly. Proceed to the next row if everything is OK. It’s better to remove a row or repair just a few tiles than to remove entire rows.
Straight lines. Keep the lines matched. Sometimes you may need to cut some side tiles to make sure that the tiles will align in the middle.
The cut. When you want to cut a certain tile, align it with a good one and mark the part that you want to cut with a pencil. Use templates for round cuts.
Checking the bond. Allow the tiles to dry for at least 24 hours and then check each one of them to see if they are fixed correctly.