Installing marble floor tile is not an easy process but can be done on your own if you are careful and patient. After putting each marble tile on the mortar place a 1 16 inch tile spacer between it and the next tile.
A layer of cement board backer board is first laid over the subfloor then the tiles are glued down with a thin set adhesive.
How to install marble floor tiles. Lay the tiles only on a small section of the floor for once time. Lay the tiles on top of the adhesive within 10 minutes of applying the adhesive. After the adhesive dries the joints between the tiles are filled with a cementitious grout.
Lay marble tiles firmly in the thin set adhesive. Cement board also is engineered to bond very well with thin set mortar adhesive which you will use to install your marble tile. Place your marble tile on the mortar.
Lay the cement board sheets into the thin set and fasten them to the subflooring with 1 1 4 inch cement board screws. To define the necessary amount of glue for completion of all work use instructions of the glue manufacturer. Marble tiles smaller than 2 feet across are most common in home installations.
A small twist will help the adhesive bond more tightly to the tile. Cutting of a marble tile. Then starting at the center of the room and working outward arrange all of the tiles in your desired pattern.
Spread approximately one square metre of mortar adhesive into one of the corners created by the chalk lines on the floor taking care to spread evenly. Sliding the tiles into place will push up the adhesive and make the tiles uneven causing them to crack. Lay down the first tile.
Lay the marble tiles inspect the tiles to ensure none are broken or defective after you ve spread a bit of mortar large enough to cover the tile s surface line up the tile perfectly with the chalk line intersection and then gently press it into place. If you are applying mortar over seams in the floorboard apply mesh tape to the seams to avoid cracking. Marble flooring comes in tiles of differing sizes ranging from small 2 inch by 2 inch squares to large 6 foot.
Put glue on a floor surface using for this purpose a serrated scraper. To install floor tile start by laying down some cement board if you re tiling over just a subfloor. Work outwards gently pressing tiles into place and add plastic spacers to each corner to ensure the grouting is even.
With a variety of options in coloring and finish marble tiles can complement virtually any color scheme. To install cement board spread thin set adhesive over the wood subfloor using a 1 4 inch notched trowel. Marble tile is installed in much the same way as ceramic or any other natural stone tile.
Wear thick working gloves. Using this starting point spread the mortar and use a trowel to notch it. When you reach the outer edges of the room you may need to cut the tiles to fit in place.
Be careful not to slide the tiles into place or get adhesive on the top of the tiles. Installing marble flooring can add beauty and elegance to a bathroom or foyer.