If ever you come across the problem of being unable to align floor tiles correctly, it will normally always stem from one predominant factor that your floor tiles are of unequal sizes. Especially when opting for the lower-end manufactured ceramic floor tiles, it is more than likely that you will find that they are not all exactly the same dimensions.
Basically this is a rule of ‘you get what you Why Are Floor Tiles So Popular? Albany WI 53502 pay for’, and if your budget allows for spending that little bit extra on better quality floor tiles, then by all means do so in order to avoid this predicament. Especially with cheap ceramic floor tiles, it is quite common to find that even in one sealed batch that the tiles can differ in size by up to 1/8″ inch of a difference in a worst case scenario, but Albany WI 53502 not necessarily by that amount always.
Even though, it does happen all the same, but it’s not the end of the world if you find that this is the case with your particular batch. It might be an idea to size them all up in advance before actually laying your tiles, and separating out the bad eggs from the rest to use as cuts wherever necessary, but there’s many a Tile Style - An Introduction to the Various Types of Floor Tiles ... Albany WI 53502 time that one or two might actually slip through the dragnet.
If this did happen and you came across an oddball floor tile during the process of laying, the solution is actually quite simple if you still wish to lay it in place, other than putting it aside for use in another instance. Simply by setting it down without the use of tile spacers will probably solve the problem. If Albany WI 53502 you find it is oversized compared to the other neighboring tiles, then just align it by eye as your guide.
For all the difference that there may be in size, remove your tile spacers and set it in place as best and evenly as possible, and when the time comes to fill the grout lines it may not even be that noticeable on the finished job. Try to maintain at Albany WI 53502 least a 3/16″ inch grout spacing all-round though when using ceramic floor tiles and sanded grout. And if you do find that many in your batch are off-sized, opt for grout spacing of 1/4″ inch for your job, as then you will have enough room for error to compensate for this difference.
Another simple tip to when laying floor tiles, especially if you are deciding to take a break or Albany WI 53502 need to mix another fresh batch of mortar, is to remove any excess mortar from the floor. Scrape off any wet mounds and lumps of mortar with your trowel which may be next to freshly laid floor tiles, and dispose of them back in your mixing bucket for throwing out. If you leave these to dry on your floor between spreads, you may find that they have since went Albany WI 53502 solid and will cause nothing but problems when trying to lay the next batch of floor tiles even and level. Basically, just remember to clean as you go. It can save on a lot of unnecessary headaches when trying to complete your floor tiling project.