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Lay Marble over Ceramic Tile

Updated:2013-11-07 16:26:50

Updating your tile design may seem like a daunting task because the removal of old material is dusty, time-consuming work. However, if the old ceramic tile is in good shape, well adhered to the substrate and completely level, there is no reason to remove it.

                                                        

Using the right type of setting material, you can install new tiles, including marble, directly on top of the old. Using white setting material is important if the material is marble, and using an epoxy setting material is important in the case of green or black marble.

Instructions as follows:
Firstly, check the old ceramic tile and look for cracked, loose or damaged tiles. Grout joints should be intact, and the tiles themselves should be well adhered to the substrate. Your new marble tile job will fail if the old tiles are in any way loose or damaged.
Secondly, clean the ceramic tiles well. Remove any dust, debris, grease or other substances that may interfere with the bond between the marble tiles and the ceramic tiles. Allow the ceramic tiles to dry thoroughly before beginning.
Thirdly, lay the marble tiles out over the ceramic tiles, or in an area of equal size to the area to be covered. Check to make sure the marble will cover the ceramic tiles completely with no gaps. Mark any tiles that need to be cut to fit with a straight edge and pencil to ensure the proper fit. Cut the marble on a tile saw.
Fourthly, spread a layer of white mortar over the ceramic tiles with a trowel. Rake the mortar with the trowel's notched edge until ridges are produced that are uniform in height. Press each marble tile into the mortar and twist it slightly into place.
Fifthly, allow the mortar to dry for 24 hours and then seal the marble tiles with an impregnating sealer. Paint the sealer onto the marble with a foam paint brush, allow the sealer to penetrate for an hour and then wipe up any excess with a lint-free cloth.
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