ceramic-tile flooring installation is definitely a job that can be taken on by a do it yourself type homeowner. ceramic-tiled floors are a beautiful addition to a home. They are very easy to maintain and clean. Depending on the tile-typeyour pick, the cost for ceramic-tiles can be less than $1.00 each all the way up to $10 or more for specialty tiles. Ceramic flooring tiles are available in a wide variety of sizes and in an abundance of color choices. When you buy them for you floor, the rule of thumb is to add 10% for waste an overage. 10% at first will seem like a lot, but it is always a good idea to have extra tiles on hand even if you buy a common color from a manufacturer who has no intentions of discontinuing the color or style because there are color variations from minimal to great between dye lots. When you buy your ceramic-tile, make sure all boxes have the same dye lot number or they will not match.
Measure your floor. Measure your floor from end to end and side to side on each end of the floor and write the measurements on the floor. You will have two lengthwise measurements and 2 widthwise measurements. Measure the halfway mark between the length measurements and make a mark on the floor. Snap a chalk line along the center mark from end to end. Do the same for the width. There will be 4 squares on your floor.
Place the end of your chalk line in a corner and stretch it out to the opposite corner, go to the next corner and do the same. You will now have 8 triangles.
Where all of the lines cross each other in the center of the room is where you will start laying your ceramic-tiles. That is the middle of the room.
Measure your first tile and find the halfway point. Mark the halfway point along the upper edge of the tile with chalk.
Butt the chalk mark on the tile up against the point where all of the lines cross. This where your first tile will be set.
Butter up the back of the first tile with about 1/4 of an inch of mortar and set the first tile.
For the remaining tiles apply the mortar directly on the floor and use the first tile as your guide. As you go along use a level to make sure your tiles are all level. If a tile seems raised use tap it down with your hand or place a piece of wood across the tiles and gently tap it in place with a wooden mallet.
Do not walk on newly tiled floors for 24 to 48 hours