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Quarry Tiles

A Quick Guide to the Installation of Quarry Tiles

Cost-efficient, sturdy, and fashionable are the three words that best describe quarry tiles. They are now being used extensively in households, especially to redo the kitchens, hallways, and gardens. Let's learn how to install these tiles.
DecorDezine Staff
Last Updated: Mar 9, 2018
Quarry tiles are made of ceramic materials and are inexpensive. They are the best for high-abuse areas like the kitchen, bathrooms, and hallways. Earlier, they were mostly used commercially. They are becoming popular for home improvement projects nowadays. Apart from being relatively cheaper and affordable, they are highly durable and are one of the best tile flooring ideas which makes their installation worth it. These tiles are available in some really vibrant colors of red, orange, and green. Hence they are great for making your home stand out. What makes them unique is their manufacturing process wherein different colored clays are mixed with shale, blended well, cut into squares, and then heated at high temperatures which allows the tiles to become hard and durable.

Along with flooring, quarry tiles have been commonly used as baking stones wherein they are not glazed or treated with any chemicals and hence can be safely used for baking pizzas or rolls. As far as their installation is concerned, it isn't a daunting task if you follow the steps given below. It can well be a DIY weekend.

Installation

Being a DIY project, it is definitely easy to go about if you have patience and are ready to put in some hard work. The cost would depend on the total area you want to install the flooring on.

Gather the Materials
Firstly, you need to gather all the things that would be required through the process - measuring tape, mortar adhesive, cement board sheets for the entire floor, trowel, screw gun, drywall screws, tiles, adhesive, spacers, grout mix, sponge, bucket, grout cleaner, sealer, and putty knife.

Prepare the Floor
Now that all the materials are handy, you need to prepare the floor. Remove all the furniture and accessories and make the room empty. Take the cement board sheets and fix them on the floor using screws and the screw gun to cover the entire base which will then act as a subfloor. Along with the screws, apply mortar adhesive on the lower side of the cement board so that it gets fixed properly. Allow the cement board to settle properly giving it sufficient time. Now divide it into 4 sections which would make the installation easier.

Laying the Tiles
Next, start installing the tiles in the design or pattern you have thought of, considering one section at a time, using the adhesive. However, you would have to use the tile spacers between each of them for grout installation. When you are done with all the 4 sections, let the setup dry for about 24 hours.

Apply Grout and Sealer
Once the tiles have properly set in, remove the spacers between them using a putty knife. Prepare the grout mixture and apply it between the tiles so that they stay compact and get adhered to each other in a way which would make them last for a longer duration. Allow the grout to dry as well. Remove the excess with the help of a grout cleaner. Lastly, apply the sealer to make it waterproof and resistant to moisture. The unglazed or unsealed surface is porous and hence prone to damage, so don't forget to apply the sealer. This would especially prove to be useful in case of bathroom flooring.

Installing quarry tiles for your walls and floors is a good economical bet and it would also give you that new feeling in your house.