Before preparing to install your new tile floor you must have all materials ready to install: backer-board, backer-board screws, thin-set mortar, grout, sealant, tile spacers and of course the tile. There are too many options of tile to choose from but don’t be intimidated while deciding on your new floor.These are some important ideas to keep in mind when shopping for tile:

  • A shower floor will go best with a textured tile instead of a smooth surface that gets slippery when wet.
  • For an entryway, textured tile might be tough to clean, while smooth tile will make your mopping experience much more pleasant.
  • For high-traffic areas in your home, like backyard or sidewalks, use durable porcelain tiles that resist scratching and chipping.
  • The color, pattern and size all depends on your personal style and complementing your home decor. Regardless, a tile floor will always add style to any room. Installing the tile is a project you can take on with confidence. Whether you are doing it yourself or expecting someone to install it for you, being knowledgeable in the tools required is always best!

     

    Below is a list of tools recommended for tile installation along with a description of their use.

     

  • Bubble Level

  • Levels are used to determine how parallel the surface is relevant to the ground. Other uses include measuring or drawing straight lines. It works by centering the small bubble inside the tube of colored liquid to determine that the surface is leveled. This tool will help your brand new finished floor to be nice and leveled.

  • Carpenter’s Square & Tape Measure

  • This will ensure measurement accuracy on floor and among tile cuts. The ideal floor would be perfectly squared; however, most rooms aren’t exactly squared. This is where these tools will assist you in laying out the tiles straight across your floor.

  • Chalk Line

  • This tool will help you mark a straight line across from point to point. It is commonly used among carpenters to ensure straightness between two distant points.

  • Notched Trowel & Narrow Margin Trowel
  • These trowels are used to spread adhesives and setting materials onto the surfaces before tiles are applied to it. They make it easy to not apply a whole bunch of mortar to your floor before setting the tile. With these tools no matter how much mortar you have on the trowel, lines of identical thickness are spread evenly throughout your floor. The notched trowel is commonly used because it creates spaces between the lines of mortar which allow air to escape when the tile is pressed into the mortar to prevent air pockets under your finished floor.
  • Rubber Grout Float


  • During any tile installation, grouting is a very important process. Grout must fill the spaces between the tiles to create a continuous surface. Using a rubber grout float is the only way to apply grout properly since the firm and flexible rubber pad and comfortable handle facilitate the process. Grouting includes filling the joints with freshly mixed grout and removing the excess grout from tile surface.

  • Wet Tile Saw

  • Although there are many machines that will easily cut your tile. This machine is the most recommended tool to cutting tile.

  • Grinder
  • This will come in handy when you’re ready to cut and shape tile pieces. For tile, a dry-cut diamond blade is recommended since it has diamond grit embedded in the steel rim to grind away hard materials.

  • Absorbent Sponge and Bucket with Water

  • Used to wipe the grout lines to set the grout just below the tile surface. This will also keep area clean and easier to work with.