Porcelain Floor Tile is the most durable of all Ceramic tile designs. It is machine pressed from white clay and then fired at much higher temperatures than other ceramic tiles, making for a much tougher tile.
And best of all Porcelain tile can convincingly mimic the look and texture of Stone floor tiles from the Glossiest to the roughest of textures.
Porcelain floor tiles are extremely resistant to water and stains, So this means you can have Stone kitchen and bathroom floor tiles without all the fuss, and when you install your Porcelain Floor Tiles in diagonal floor tile patterns you create something special.
You can have it all! A beautiful Stone Floor laid in a stunning floor tile pattern that requires minimal maintenance. And durable enough to last for many years to come. Who could ask for anything more!
Installing diagonal floor or wall tiles is slightly more complicated than installing a simple grid layout. The trick is in being patient and spending a little more time and effort measuring and marking your chalk lines before you begin installing your floor tiles.
Diagonal floor tile patterns also require more measuring and cutting around the perimeter of the room. But once you're done with measuring, The floor tile installation will be a breeze.
The Tile Underlayment
You can install Porcelain Floor Tile to a plywood tile underlayment as long as the surface is smooth and even, But if you're tiling a floor in a kitchen or bath it's best to use a Cement Backerboard Tile Underlayment. So first install the appropriate tile underlayment according to the area you'll be tiling.
Tile Reference Lines
You will begin your porcelain tile diagonal layout in the center of the
room and work your way out to the walls. But first, you'll need to
determine where the center is!
Measure and mark the midpoints of two opposite walls and do the same for the remaining two.
Use your chalk line tool to snap a chalk line from the midpoint marks on one wall to that of the opposing wall. You will then make the second line to cross over the first, by snap chalking a line from the mid marks on your two remaining walls.
Your lines should wind up looking like a plus sign in the middle of your subfloor; The lines should stretch out to each of your four walls, and they must be perfectly perpendicular to each other. As it's important that you end up with four perfect squares of equal size, because in the next step you'll need to create diagonal layout lines that must lay accurately at a 45-degree angle to your original chalk lines.
Snap Diagonal Lines For Diamond Floor Tile Patterns
You want to create a diagonal line for each of your perfectly square sections. So snap chalk a line from the corner of a section through the midpoints on your connecting chalk lines you just made.
And do the same for each of the other three square sections. When you're done, you should have a large X on top of the previous plus sign; The X will be your guidelines for your diamond diagonal floor tile installation.
Dry-lay A Sample Of Your Diagonal Diamond Floor Tile Installation
Dry-laying tile simply means to test out your floor tile installation without tile adhesive.It's a good way to check that your floor tiles will be laid just the way you want them.
It's also a way to get an idea of how your edge tiles will look. And Your goal for your edge tiles is that they all wind up in equal widths.
Installing Your Porcelain Floor Tile In Diagonal Diamond Floor Tile Patterns
Mix up a small batch of Thinset Tile Adhesive.
A diagonal floor tile installation is much the same as installing floor tiles in a standard square grid with the exception of laying your tiles to your diagonal layout lines.
Start at the intersection of your layout lines and spread and comb your Thinset along one of the diagonal quadrants, While avoiding covering up the layout lines. Lay your first Porcelain floor tile square against the intersection of the lines as shown below. Don't forget to insert your spacers!
This diagram shows you the order in which to lay
your porcelain tiles. The tiles shown here are laid against two of the
diagonal lines within two square quadrants. The line in the front middle
of tile #1 and to the right of tile#9 is the layout line in the middle
of your floor. When you're done with this half
of the floor, do the remaining half in the same pattern.
In the case of you renting the wet saw for cutting your Porcelain Floor Ties, Save yourself a little on the cost by leaving the cutting for last