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Slate Tile Floors Installation

Updated:2013-09-26 15:53:37
Slate tile floors are beautiful and durable. Slate comes in many colors and varieties. It is natural stone that is tough while providing a rich and vibrant texture for your home that is very easy to care for. You can give your rooms a new look with a slate tile floor. It is a great do-it-yourself project that one person can do with very few tools.

Buy all of your tiles at the same time to make sure you have a consistent look. Colors and patterns even in the same style vary with different lots. Buying at one time also ensures you will be able to find the same style and color tile.

                                                              

Remove all old flooring before installing slate tile. Old materials under a new floor are apt to allow too much movement in the new slate tiles, and movement causes shifting and cracking. Make sure the surface area you are going to install the slate tile on is level. Use mortar to repair cracks in cement floor bases, or to level it out where it is uneven. Use wood shims under plywood floor base to raise a low area. An uneven floor shifts and can crack stone tiles or the grout sealant between them. Cover plywood base flooring with cement backer board for a firm surface that will not shift or buckle when you walk on it. That protects slate tiles from cracks and keeps the grout from breaking up.
Use a tape measure and a piece of chalk to draw an "X" in the middle of the room. Begin laying your tiles along those lines. Buy spacers and allow at least 3/8 of an inch between tiles. This allows for expansion so tiles do not crack. The grout between the tiles is different from mortar used to cement tile to the floor. Grout is made of a latex material that has a rubbery consistency and provides give and take for small amounts of movement.
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