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Installing Tile Backsplash

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Installing Tile Backsplash

Installing Tile Backsplash

You can choose from a huge range of beautiful ceramic tiles available. Including the easy to install one we show here – mosaic tiles. Many are made with spacers built into their edges, also known as cleats. If your tiles don’t have legs, ask your tile dealer about the right plastic spacers. Using spacers between tiles will help maintain proper space and prevent the tiles from sliding down before the adhesive hardens. Putty does not adhere to the spacers; They can easily be removed and disposed of before the joints are filled or sealed.

Since tiles create a grid-like pattern, try to pick tiles that will fit this space. Wall installations are best when they are vertically uniform and symmetrical throughout. A round nose or different sizes of edge tiles are also available to finish the edges, fill in gaps, or avoid having to cut the tiles to fit.

Installing Tile Backsplash

Installing Tile Backsplash

Flat Line

Make sure the counter is straight. If not, place a tile at the lowest point and mark a flat line on the wall at the top of the tile – this is your starting point. Use a standard or laser plane to extend this reference line through the wall and around the entire area to be tiled. The tops of all the tiles in the bottom row should line up with this line or cut (from the bottom) to line up with the marking. So, Tiles installed over this line do not need to be cut. If you’re laying tiles up to the cabinets, place the cut tiles or an uneven space directly under the cabinets where they won’t be as visible.

To ensure a symmetrical end-to-end layout, measure and mark the center point of each mosaic area. Before applying the mastic and starting the tiles, do a dry test by aligning the edge of a tile with the center mark. And placing the tiles next to each other to determine the number of tiles needed and the width of the pieces. ‘The End. Remember to put spacers between each tile if necessary.

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