When installing ceramic tile, great care should be taken when measuring around your doorways. The doorways are the hardest place to apply tiles, as the area has many sizes to take into consideration. Cutting and installing ceramic tile around doorways should not be seen as a daunting task. When done properly, one will think that a professional installed the tile.
Before you begin, you will want to first take careful measurements at your doorway. You will want to take the tiles that have already been installed into consideration while you are measuring your doorway. When installing ceramic tile, the tiles should line up together in a straight line while flowing around the doorway evenly.
Measuring And Cutting Your Tile
To determine the cuts that should be made on your tiles, you will want to take the even line that is in the center of your doorway and measure outwards. You may find it helpful while you are installing ceramic tile, to lay a tile down as you are measuring to be sure that it will fit properly.
Measure the width and length of each tile, to ensure a proper fit in the center of the doorway. When measuring, you should take into consideration the width of the spacers you are using between each tile, and calculate this into your measurements also. As you reach the edges of the door, you will need to take the doors jamb into consideration, as you will have to make a center cut in the middle of the tiles at the edges.
Once you have the proper measurements, you will then want to cut your tile using a masonry saw. Cut your tiles to fit the measurements of your doorway and lay them in the doorway as you cut them to help you keep track of where each tile should go.
When cutting your tiles, make sure that you are wearing safety goggles as flying chips of tile can cause blindness if they get in your eyes. You will also want to wear gloves when installing ceramic tile that has been cut, as the edges can be quite sharp.
Installing The Cut Ceramic Tile
Once you have cut all of the pieces that are needed for your doorway, you can adhere them to the floor. Begin this by first applying mortar to the floor using the flat side of your trowel. Then use the ridged side to create a ridged pattern by sweeping the trowel through the mortar at a 45-degree angle.
Installing ceramic tile is easy at this point; all you will need to do is lie each tile down into the mortar, twisting gently to help it adhere better to the flooring. Make sure to include a spacer between each tile as you apply it.
Once you have applied all of your tiles, you will then want to allow up to 24 hours for the mortar to dry. Once the mortar has dried, you can then apply the grout by wiping it into the spaces between the tiles using a grout float. Work the grout into each space, being careful not to use too much excessive grout.
As you apply the grout, wipe excess grout up with the float and then wipe the tiles with a damp sponge before the grout dries. Once you have applied grout between all of the tiles, allow 24 hours for the grout to dry before walking on the area. Your task of cutting and installing ceramic tile around your doorway is now completed.