Dry Laying Tile To Floors, To Achieve A More Professional Looking Floor Tile Installation!

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Now that you've marked and snap chalked your reference lines for laying tile, Your next step is to dry-lay your tiles. When you dry-lay tile first, you don't use thinset. You're laying just the tile itself to get the look you desire and determine the best way to lay them. Then you use this pattern to permanently lay your tiles.

It makes for a much more professional looking tiling job. And it prevents you from having to pull up tiles because you later find out you don't like the way your new floor tile installation looks.


So Why Dry-lay Your Tiles First?

When you Dry lay your tiles to your reference lines, this ensures that your floor Tile plan is just the way you want it.

* It helps you to figure out your spacing and grouting tile plans. In the past when grouting tile, the standard grout line was 1/2 inch. Nowadays the a 1/4 inch grout line is more traditional.

 * Dry laying also helps you determine the cuts you'll need to make for your edge tiles. 
For a professional looking floor tile installation you'll want to make no more than half tile cuts or better to your edge tiles. So you'll want to arrange your tiles as best you can to accomplish this.


* Dry laying your tile before the actual floor tile installation is a good time to figure out how you want to arrange the floor tile patterns . Marble floor tile, for instance, has beautiful veins and different variations of color on its tile surface, And they all run in different directions!

You'll want to arrange the floor tile patterns, so these various tile patterns are matched up to create one beautiful floor tile pattern.

If you're using any floor tile that fits this description, after you've determined your tile arrangement, Stack the tiles in each of the four sections of your reference lines of where you'll be permanently installing them. When you're ready to lay them permanently, Their right there waiting for you




Dry Laying Tile

Begin by Dry laying your tiles in a row along each of your two reference lines. Do not cover the chalk lines with your tiles. But do aim for dry-laying tile as close to the lines as possible.

Use your desired size spacers and place them between each of your tiles as you lay them, this will give you your desired grouting tile lines, and a better Idea of how your tiles will fit into place




Determine Your Cuts For Your Edge Tiles

Plan a 1/4 gap around the perimeter of the floor, and lay your tiles with spacers all the way to each wall. It's very fortunate for you if your last tile is a whole one. But in most cases you'll wind up needing to cut edge tiles to fit up against walls. Determine what your floor tile installation will require for cuts to your edge tiles.

Professional Tilers make it a point when cutting floor tiles, to cut no less than half a tile. They consider less than half tiles to look unprofessional.

To avoid this problem shift your tiles as needed. Try to make your cuts no less than half tiles or better or as close as you can get. You may even need to make new reference lines, or even slightly chang the size of your tile spacers.  The important thing is to do what's needed while keeping the look as close to what you like as possible.

You may need to dry lay more tiles, to test for cuts around permanent obstacles. For instance, a kitchen Island that's located in the middle of the floor.





Mark your Tile Locations

Check your temporary floor tile installation by making sure that the tiles are all arranged closely along the sides of your reference lines, and that all of your spacers are in place, and that your edge tiles are no more than half tiles or the closest you can get.


Mark the side of each of the tiles onto the floor. You are doing this to make your reference lines of where you'll be laying your tiles  for your permanent floor tile installation.
If all's well, You are now ready to move on to your permanent floor tile installation!








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