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Learn how to tile your bathroom floor and give it a new look.
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Amy Matthews: The first thing that we’re going to be doing is working on some tiling before we get to framing in the fireplace. So, do you have the products? Are they coming now?
Michael: Yes, it’s right out here.
Amy Matthews: All right, let’s grab it.
Amy Matthews: You guys picked out some really unique flooring for the bathroom.
Michael: Yeah. Isn't it beautiful?
Amy Matthews: I like it a lot.
Michael: I really like the warm tones. We’ve picked out this Edge Flooring and the thing I like it about is that I don’t have to use thinset mortar at tile before and it gets to be a little messy and this is just a little less messy to install.
Amy Matthews: So, you’re kind of using this as a learning experience? You’ve already done the regular tiling; you thought maybe you’d try something new?
Michael: Yeah. I always like to try new things.
Amy Matthews: Great. Well, the unique thing about this too is that it’s got this thermal barrier that goes underneath. Now, this is a moisture barrier; it’s also a sound a barrier and it keeps the tiles a little toastier warm than you would normally have them if you just set them on order.
Amy Matthews: So, that’ll be nice.
Now, this wall over here actually is going to have some foaming in it. We’re going to be starting to tile in this corner but the first thing we need to do is to make a line here because the wall has to be furred out for the plumbing to go in it since this is an outside wall, so we’ll throw a chalk line down here and then start tiling from there.
Michael: Great. Let’s get going.
Amy Matthews: The finished plumbing wall will come out four inches from the outside wall. We measure in two spots; marked the subfloor with a pencil and then pull a chalk line between the two.
Next, we dry fit the tiles to determine our layout.
Alright, let’s see if we’re in luck. That doesn’t look too bad does it? That’s actually a transition piece that’ll cover this between the tile and the wood floor, so I think we’re good to go. All right.
Michael: All right.
Amy Matthews: For the underlayment, we spread out the provided sheet with the shiny side down. We pull it tight to the edges and cut off the excess with the utility knife.
Okay. Mike, would you want to grab that corner up there?
Amy Matthews: And bring it flushed.
The next piece fits right against the first. We cut around the edges and make slits in the material to work around the plumbing steps. We’re also taping around the edges to keep the mat from moving during the tile installation.
Now, we start laying the tile with two full pieces against the wall. The edges will eventually be covered with base molding, so a small gap is okay.
Next, we find center on the tile because we need to cut a few of the tile in half to create single tiles. Before cutting, I clamp the tile to the work table for added stability. I run the circular saw through the back of the board to prevent the tile from chipping out.
We’ll be starting every other row with a single tile. This will stagger the seams, giving us a solid surface.
All right Michael, I’ve got the cut pieces here, so we can start snapping these together.
Michael: Okay, great.
Amy Matthews: So, this one is going to go in the corner right here and we’re staggering our seams. So now, you’re going to grab a double. We’ll get this out of the way.
Michael: Like that?
Amy Matthews: Exactly. Perfect. All right, now we’ll lay another double along the wall and then another double right next to it.
We’ve already cut a tile to fit here at the end of the run. We just snap in the next piece below to secure it.
What do you think of your new floor?
Female: Oh my gosh! It looks great.
Amy Matthews : You like?
Female: You guys got a lot done today.
Amy Matthews : We’re about to start tiling and we’re starting with our shower. So, what do you think of the tiles now that we’ve got them in the bathroom?
Michael: Oh well, they’re really, really nice. I'm really excited about this really natural look; it’s almost like fossils in there.
Amy Matthews : It does. It kind of looks like a little bit of a coral reef and got a lot of texture and variety in the color which is I think is going to pop nicely. So, we’re putting this mosaic tiles down on the shower pan and it’s a good choice that you guys did that because the shower pan has to tilt down to the drain and so, this tilts a lot easier than obviously, a 17-inch tile would tilt.
Also, with the grout lines in there, it’s not as wet and slippery as it would be if you had just one smooth surface like that. So, that’s a good choice. It’s going to look nice down there and then these we’re going to use on the wall, correct?
Amy Matthews : Going up to the ceiling you think?
Michael: Yup. I think we’re going to tile all the way to the ceiling and then we’ll incorporate the 17-inch tiles along with some of the flooring tiles and we haven’t quite got the design down here but we’ll work on it as we go.
Amy Matthews : That’s the thing about tiling is you can kind of make it up as you go along and see what you like. So, well let’s start with this on the floor
When tiling a shower base, it’s a good idea to use the highest quality thinset because this area will end up taking the largest amount of water overtime.
This brand uses a powder mix combined with a latex additive. We keep adding powder and additive until it’s the consistency of creamy peanut butter.
Next, we tape up the rubber membrane out of our way. This membrane acts as a water barrier below the tile. So, in years to come, in case the tile cracks or damage the grout, you won't find water leaks on your dining room ceiling below.
Now, we start applying the thinset to the shower base. I drop it onto the cement in small batches and spread it out with a quarter-inch square notch trowel.
I set the full sheet of tile starting in the corner and press it down with even pressure all the way around.
All right Michael, you want to give a couple of try?
Amy Matthews: We’re going to need to make a few cuts when we get around the drain, so I’ll get set-up the tile saw.
Amy Matthews: All right. The next tile fits around the notch in the wall, so the easiest thing to do is cut the mesh with the utility knife.
Where the tile overlaps the drain, Michael cuts the full pieces away from the mesh.
Over at the tile saw, I'm cutting a few single tiles in half to make up the space around the drain and around the edges of the shower area. This corner cuts will fit nicely around the square drain plate.
Nice job Michael.
Michael: Yeah, it looks great.
Amy Matthews: That’s good. All right, I got the cut pieces here, why don’t I pop this in?
Michael: I’ll go get some more tiles to finish this.
Amy Matthews: Great.
For these small pieces of tiles, we apply thinset directly to the mesh, a technique called ‘back buttering’ and they fit around the drain plate perfectly.
All right, I think we’re done for the day. So, we’re obviously going to grout this when we grout the rest of the tile going on all the walls and we got quite a bit more to do but just make sure you guys don’t walk on this for about 24 hours until it dries.
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