Adhesive, Grout & Tile Spacers for cement tiles
Whatever project you undertake, when it comes to installing cement tiles, it is always essential to have the right supplies. Cement tile adhesive, grout, and tile spacers play a crucial role in the success of the installation. Each of them has its function, which is to improve the installation and the result and increase the resistance on the daily (indoors and outdoors). But knowing which cement tile adhesive, grout and tile spacers are best for your application can be difficult. Here are our tips for choosing the adhesive, grout and tile spacers to make your cement tile installation easy.
Surface preparation to install cement tiles
Surface preparation is essential for laying cement tiles. The first step is to ensure the surface is level and smooth, as any defects will affect glue adhesion. Once the surface is flat, it is essential to clean the area thoroughly to ensure maximum adhesion. You can also use bonding primer before gluing, especially during a renovation. By following these preparation steps, you can be sure that your cement tiles will be installed in a uniform and stable way for a perfect final result.
How to lay out and glue cement tiles?
First of all, make sure you have in mind or on paper the laying pattern of your cement tiles if you are not using plain tiles. Gluing your tiles is simple if you follow essential steps: double gluing, which allows you to level the cement tiles more efficiently and improve the glue adhesion between the subfloor and the coating. Apply the glue first to the subfloor with a comb, and then, in the same way, apply the glue to the back of the cement tile. Avoid applying too much glue to the edges of the cement tile, as this will prevent the glue from spilling out where the joint is. Lay your cement tile down and adjust its location by sliding it, ideally by hand. Check the leveling of the tile with a level and check the installation of the corners. Remove any excess glue between the tiles if necessary.
At CAROCIM we offer you quality products, including Weber glue for laying your cement tiles. You will find it in two formats — the Weber ready-to-use glue, which does not require mixing or measuring to use the glue; the Glue powder, to be mixed with the recommended dose according to the quantity needed. It keeps longer. We tested both adhesives to offer you quality products that make the installation easy and embellish your cement tiles.
How to use tile spacers?
Using tile spacers is crucial for any tile and cement tile installation to obtain a professional and sustainable result. The tile spacers guarantee even, consistent spacing between the tiles, creating an optimal outcome. Not only does this make the tile more aesthetically pleasing, but it also avoids the formation of cracks over time. In addition, the use of tile spacers speeds up the tile installation process, reducing time and labour costs. Don’t forget to invest in these small essential accessories during your next flooring project for impeccable and lasting results.
How to make joints on cement tiles?
The jointing of the cement tiles is a work that allows to finalize the installation process. The grout between the tiles keeps the tiles together and protects the areas from water and moisture. Another advantage of grouting is that it allows you to customize the final appearance of the floor, whether a rustic or modern style is desired, by choosing the colour of your grout. Some installation tips: you can wet the base slightly to facilitate grout pouring. We recommend you clean the grout between the cement tiles as you go and not wait till the installation's end. Cleaning area by area will make it easier to remove any drips.
For more details, read our cement tile installation and care instructions.
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