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How to Install Split Face Tile

The rugged, natural look of split face tile is beautiful in so many applications that it is easy to find places for it all over your home. Interior or exterior, the unique, textured effect of split face stone and tile provides a rustic, classic look, while proper and precise installation provides clean lines and cohesive arrangement that betray a modern sensibility and a contemporary eye toward quality. It is easier than you think to install your own split face tile and skirt the cost of hiring a professional. Achieve your tiling ambitions with a little planning and a few simple steps.

What Is Split Face Tile?

Instead of the smoothness and high polish of most glass or ceramic tiles, imagine the variation and texture of natural stone. Manufacturers commonly make split face tile from stratified rock or stone by cutting it or cracking, such that the split face exposes the bedding. The result is the visually attractive effect of rough-hewn stone. Typically people cut the stone with the bedding set on a horizontal bias, but vertically set bedding cuts are available as well.

Many people usually use split face tile for external applications, such as for raised flower beds, outdoor fireplaces, and even water features. The raw aesthetic of the split face lends itself to outdoor style, but there are many places where it makes a stunning impression indoors, as well. Use split face tile as backsplash tile in a rustic or country kitchen, or install it as an accent wall in a bathroom or den.

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Preparing to Install Split Face Tile

Begin by preparing the wall or surface for tiling, which includes removing any hardware, such as light switches and other fixtures, and removing all of the current surface base. If your project is larger scale, remember to mount tiling board across the entire surface before you begin. Do not adhere tiles directly to drywall.

Use a tape measure and level to measure and mark to the middle lines of the area you intend to tile. Find both the horizontal and the vertical middle, because you need to divide the space evenly and exactly into sections so when you lay the tile it is perfectly straight. Use a chalk snap line to mark perfectly straight lines. Dry fit the tiles so you know you are getting the final look you want. Use a wet saw to cut and shape any tiles to size for edges or corners. To ensure your tiles stay straight, install a batten.

Installing Split Face Tile

Stir the mortar according to package directions and allow it to slake, which means letting it sit for 15 minutes, then stir again before applying. Apply the mortar to the tiling surface with a tiling trowel, working in areas of about 2 by 3 feet. Use the long, notched side of the trowel to apply and scrape the mortar into place, leaving roughly parallel lines from the notches. Place the tiles carefully, twisting them gently to really set in the mortar. Place tile spacers as you go to keep the corners and edges aligned the way you want them.

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Ceramic Tile Repair, Installation and Maintenance

How do I replace a broken ceramic floor tile? Is it the same procedure to replace a broken wall tile?

Replacing a broken tile can be very easy or very hard, as with most things in real life! The type of adhesive and the substrate, the material the tile is attached to, and determine the difficulty of removal.

In modern homes, wall tiles are generally set in adhesive, while floor tiles are set in either adhesive, thinset, or mortar. Mortar, or mud, is still commonly used for bathroom and shower enclosure tile floors. Thinset is like mortar in that it is a cement-based product. It differs from true mortar in that it may be applied directly over plywood or tileboard without the need for the metal-mesh reinforcement necessary for mortar.

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1. Remove the grout from around the tile(s) you want to replace.

The grout bonds and seals the area between the tiles, protecting the floor underneath from the moisture which can eventually loosen the tiles and damage the substrate. If you try to remove the tile without removing all of the grout first, there is a chance that the adjacent tiles will chip.

If the grout is a soft, unsanded wall grout, you can scratch it out with a utility knife, being careful not to slip and scratch adjacent tiles (oddly enough, you will find that as the blade dulls, it does a better job).

If you are dealing with a sanded floor grout, which tends to be tougher than wall grout, you may have to use a small cold chisel to get the grout out, especially if the grout line is very wide (over 1/4″). However, once you break the surface of the grout, you may be able to go back to the utility knife with the dull blade. There is a tool called a grout saw that is intended to remove grout. However, it is useless unless the grout line is wide.

2. Remove the broken tile.

If the broken tile is loose, simply lift it out and go on the next step. For floor tiles, rap on the edge of the tile, using a hammer and a small cold chisel or other suitable tool (in other words, whatever you have handy, such as a screwdriver). Do not touch any of the adjacent tile, because you may loosen or chip them. A few carefully place whacks may loosen a tile set in mortar or Thinset.

If the tile is set in adhesive, as are most wall tiles, or well adhered to the mortar, every piece of the tile is going to fight you during the removal process. You will probably do some damage to the floor or wall underneath the tile during removal, but it is of little consequence once you install the new tile.

You can use a cold chisel to break a tile into pieces, but you must be very careful to not damage adjacent tiles. I usually use a carbide drill bit, 1/4″ to 1/2″ diameter, and drill a series of holes in the tile, making it easier to break apart. Once you have a hole in the tile, you can use a chisel or screwdriver to pry/break the rest of the tile out.

3. Prepare the hole and set the replacement tile.

Vacuum out all debrus, and scrape out any lumps or bumps in the mortar or adhesive. Test fit the new tile to make sure it 1) sits firmly without excessive rocking, and 2) doesn’t sit higher than the other tiles. Scrape out more remaining adhesive/mortar if necessary.

Apply a 1/8″ layer of adhesive to the back of the tile with a putty knife. It is not necessary to use a special grooved tile adhesive applicator for a small repair such as this.

Do not apply the adhesive closer than a half-inch to the edge of the tile. You don’t want the stuff to squeeze out into the area between the tiles when you place it. Just more of a mess to clean up later!

Press the tile into its place with a slight wiggling motion, which will spread the adhesive and assure a good bond.

4. Let the adhesive dry for 24 hours and apply matching grout.

If any more than a slight amount of adhesive squeezed out between the tiles in the last step, use a utility knife or a thin screwdriver and scrape as much of it out as you can.

Mix the grout per instructions on the label. I always mix no less than 2 cups of grout, regardless how little grout I actually need. By doing so, you are more likely to get the proper mix of chemicals and pigment.

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Choosing Your Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic TilesIt can be very rewarding to own your own property. Owning your  home allows you the freedom to customise things to suit your individual tastes and needs. You have complete freedom over any home improvement you feel would enhance your space. Hopefully, this article will help you make better choices from the complex array of options.

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Use paint made for touching up appliances to cover up flaws on ceramic tile. Did you chip one of your tiles moving furniture? This type of paint will make it look almost as good as new. It dries hard with a glossy color that is hardly distinguishable from the surface of the tile itself.

To increase your kitchen’s value without spending a lot of money, add a new backsplash. Backsplashes are highly desired by buyers, and can make your kitchen look more put together. To save money, use a material like tin tile or stainless steel in place of costly ceramic tile. Be sure to pick out something that complements your kitchen’s color scheme.

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If you are installing new flooring, try to find one that has a heating option. This is especially beneficial for colder climates, as heating in the floor will keep your feet warm. There are many kinds of flooring that offer radiant heat options including certain hardwoods, ceramic tiles, linoleum, and bamboo.

A great way to increase the value of a home is to clean out the grout in ceramic tile. This will instantly make old tile look newer, which, consequently, increases the value of your home. This is a quick fix that could mean a few extra £ in the long run.

Choose materials that last. The best materials might not be the cheapest ones or the most trendy ones, but they will save you money in the long term. You should choose asphalt, wood, stones and ceramic for the outside of your house. For the inside, marble flooring lasts much longer.

Invest in tile flooring. The floor is something that most people notice when they are in your home, so if you want to catch their attention, use tiles. Granite, ceramic or slate tiles are both attractive and durable and come in a number of different styles and finishes. Another plus is that they are much easier to clean than carpet.

Ceramic tile installation can easily be done in most bathrooms and kitchens. You can have unique designs on the tiles, or you can go for a certain solid color that provides a nice chic look. The installation of ceramic tile goes a long way toward making your home decor project more attractive and protects your investment.

There are three materials and home improvements that will stand the test of time for your hard earned dollar. Pine or oak hardwood floors, Ceramic tile and chimney additions will all last approximately 100 years or more. This means that you and your family will never have to deal with that upgrade or improvement again.

Whether you have just bought your home or have lived in it for awhile, you may decide that it requires some improvements. The tips that were given to you in this article are a great place to start in making your house a home.