Travertine tile can be used throughout your home. Appropriate for indoor and outdoor applications, it can be used as countertop, shower walls, interior flooring and even exterior walkways. Installing it isn’t very difficult, provided you know some of the tricks of the trade.
Have your materials assembled before you start working. You will need to have the following:
• Level and construction pencils
• Measuring tape and chalk line
• Wet saw and safety goggles
• Tile nippers
• Masking tape
• Adhesive and trowel
• Grout and grout float
• Floor leveling compound
If the tile will go on a kitchen or bathroom floor, you should remove fixtures before you start the installation process. The toilet should be pulled and placed in another room, along with any cabinets. It takes extra time during the prep stage to do this, but it makes installation easier and will provide you with an attractive, professional finish.
Level the Floor
Unless you are installing cement backer board, you will need to level the floor. Dips and rises can result in an unattractive installation and tiles that are prone to cracking. Avoid the problem by taking the time to level the floor beforehand. Special compounds are available that will make this chore fast and easy.
Travertine tiles have some natural color variation to them. Before you open the mastic, set the tiles out on the floor in a dry run. This will help you visualize how the finished project will look. You can move them around for better color matching, or you might even decide to use a different pattern. You can also take this time to inspect every tile for damages or defects. It will take a little time to do this, but it will help you avoid problems during the installation. This will also help you spot problem areas in the floor that need to be leveled.
You cannot rely on your own vision to get the tiles perfectly straight. Spacers are helpful, and they will provide you with even spacing. However, you should not rely on them too heavily to actually place the tiles and maintain straight lines. Take the time to measure the perimeter and mark a grid on the floor. It will help you keep the tiles straight and even as they move across any large area.
Once the floor is level, the dry run is complete and the grid is marked, you are ready to start installing the tiles. Start in the center of the floor with whole tiles. Following the directions on the mastic, apply the adhesive only in an area that can be worked in fifteen to twenty minutes. Use spacers to maintain the gaps between tiles, and lay the whole tiles in straight lines. The pieces that must be cut can be done after the whole tiles are in place. If the tiles are on the floor, avoid walking on the tiles while the mastic is setting up.
Remember to measure twice and only cut once. After you take the measurements, take a moment to double-check the piece. You want to be sure that you are cutting from the right side, and that the measurements will allow for the grout line. Apply masking tape to the tile where the cut should go to help minimize cracking.
Once the tiles are in place and the adhesive has cured, you will be able to complete the chore by grouting between the travertinetiles. The process can be time-consuming, but you will save a great deal of money if you are able to do it yourself. You will be rewarded with a tile floor, wall or counter that looks professional, elegant and refined. Visit Stoneline Group to experience the difference when people care about the final and beautiful result of travertine tile.