Easy Way to Install Granite Tiles
How to Proper install Granite tiles
With a little skill, it is possible to install granite tiles by yourself. In case if you want to install granite tiles by yourself, some important details have to be in mind, in order not to damage the surface of the granite tiles. The right work material and the tools are part of the basic equipment and ensure a convincing result. We recommend that you leave them laying of granite tiles to a specialist. The cutting work alone during laying is more difficult than with normal tiles. Before the actual work begins, the right work materials and tools must get.
With all products, make sure that they are especially suitable for natural stones to prevent damage on the surface or stains. Granite tiles are fragile and can be acidic or sharp.
- Tile glue
- Silicone or Grout
- Pencil and ruler
- Spirit level
- Tile corner spacers
- Knee pads, rubber gloves, and plastic buckets
- Trowel, sponge board, rubber wiper
- Stone saw (wet cut) with a suitable diamond blade for granite
- Whisk, sponge, guideline, straightening the angle
- Silicone cartridge pistol
A step-by-step explanation of installation
- First, clean the underbody. It must be dry to ensure that the granite tiles adhere well. Unevenness must straighten exactly before laying the granite tiles. They are either sanded down or evened out with leveling compound. Smaller bumps can also cover with the natural stone adhesive. The leveling compound is mixed as specified on the manufacturer’s packaging and poured onto the primed floor. With a rubber squeegee, you distribute them and get a completely flat surface. After about 24 hours, the floor is completely dry so that the granite tiles can be laid.
- Depending on the thickness of the granite tiles, there are two different methods of laying them. With a tile thickness of up to ten millimeters, the thin-bed method is used. The natural stone adhesive is applied with a notched trowel to the floor about six to ten millimeters (depending on the notched trowel used). For an absolutely secure hold, the adhesive can also be applied to the tiles (floating buttering process). Now the tiles are pushed into the adhesive bed within 10-20 minutes and carefully pressed on and if necessary. knocked. You have to keep a small distance from the wall. Spacers facilitate even laying. The joints between the individual granite tiles must be absolutely even. On small joints up to max. 3 mm should be taken into account, since the edges of the granite tiles are usually chamfered, resulting in a joint of approx. 1 mm. Tile crosses or tile wedges made of PVC or wood that are commercially available make this task easier. In order to achieve a flat tile surface, the installed surface should be checked more often with a spirit level.
- Once the tiles have been laid, the tools used must be cleaned thoroughly with water immediately. Once this is done, the granite tiles can be grouted after a drying time of around 24 hours (depending on the thin-bed mortar used). For this, the joints must be absolutely clean. The unnecessary natural stone adhesive should be carefully scraped out. Now the granite grout is mixed with water. The mixing ratio can be found on the packaging. After about 5 minutes the mixture is stirred well again and can now be used. Before applying the tile mortar, the joints should be slightly moistened with a large brush. Now the grout is poured onto the tiled floor and evenly distributed with a joint rubber. This always works at an angle to the joint. You only work on sections of the surface so that the excess grout that is still damp can be wiped off and removed. Once hardened, it is difficult to remove from the granite tiles.
- The mortar must now dry a little but never harden completely. Excess tile mortar can now be removed from the granite tiles. You only use clear, clean water. Here again, work is done diagonally to the joint. A gray veil remaining after drying can be easily removed with a dry cloth. The granite floor can be walked on after about three hours.
- With the right granite tile care, you will enjoy your granite tiles for a very long time.
- Important: edge joints & wall joints. When filling the joints, care was taken to ensure that the outer joints to the wall and the transitions to door sills or other rooms were not filled with joint compound. Here you pull in a stretchable, flexible silicone layer (only use natural stone suitable silicone), which securely closes the transition and does not tear even when working on the floor. The edges of the joints should be taped, preferably with masking tape, to protect them from contact with the silicone.
- First, all joints are filled with silicone evenly and then left to tighten for about 5-10 minutes. Now the joint smoother (available at the hardware store) is used to pull off the excess silicone and create a straight, non-arched joint. This step generates the straightening of the edges and levels the joint as a whole.