Ceramic Tile Layout Using Square Grid Lines
Thankfully, ceramic tile layout in square grid lines is useful for setting both the square and diagonal alignment ceramic tiles. You can easily see for yourself the practicality of the square grid lines from the diagrams here.
All you need to do is to make your measurements correct. Your finished results will be pleasing to the eye and satisfying to yourself. Pat yourself on your back. Before that, we will start with the ever important master of the square, the right-angle!
This diagram shows four pieces of ceramic tiles laid at the top right corner of a room. These tiles determine the size of your square grid lines. The size of the grid includes grout lines.
A 30 cm piece of tile with 5mm space for grouting has a total of 30.5 cm multiplied by two equals 70 cm. That is your grid square measurement, 70 cm by 70 cm.
Following the diagram, make a mark on the substrate 70 cm from the right hand side wall and the same from the end wall. Pop a chalk line from the end wall to the front entrance wall. Pop another chalk line from the right hand side wall to the left hand side wall. You have just made an angle. Is it the all important right-angle?
Look at the red lined triangle. Three feet length on one side and four feet length on another creates a five feet diagonal line. If your measurement is correct then you have a right-angle. Your tiles will be smartly aligned.
Having measured and marked correctly, you now have square grid lines covering the entire tiling area. Set your ceramic tile or other tile onto the grid.
Notice that the lower left tiles are set flush with the lower left hand corner of each grid square, except for the last line of tiles at the left hand side wall.
There is a grout line next to the wall. You have included this space for the grouting.
Remember to commence setting tiles from the end wall towards the entrance wall. This way, you will not box yourself in!
The measurement in feet used to get the right-angle is easier than using the metric system. The important point is to get the right-angle right. The other measurements can be done using the metric system. And you would have tiled over the right-angle, anyway.
If you intended to have diagonal, or diamond ceramic tile layout, you can set this alignment on square grid lines. Again, you only need to make the correct measurements.
The next diagram shows how to take the measurements for the diagonal ceramic tile layout.
Lay a piece of 30 cm tile on the intersection of the grid line. Align the corners of the tile to the lines. Lay another piece of tile, with a corner pointing at the top corner of the first tile, in front of the first tile. Leave a 5mm grout space. Add another 5 mm space on top of the second tile. Measure all this and pop your grid lines accordingly.
Want to be more precise? Add a third piece of tile to the bottom of the first tile, allowing for grout space. Then, measure all that and pop your grid lines.
With this much care you put into your ceramic tile layout, the fruits of your labor will be beautiful!
If you are not afraid of hard work, you can measure and create two right angles for a long corridor. This will help keep a long grid line as straight as it can be without slanting away!
Slanting grid lines will cause your tile setting to first narrow down the grout space. Then the tiles you set will touch each other, eliminating the grout space. Finally, there is not enough space to lay two pieces of tiles side by side in a grid square!
To redo the grid lines will take a lot more time. Tiling materials will be wasted. To get more of the same material incurs extra costs. It is a mini disaster!
With guidance of the above you will do just fine. If you want, get some advice from tile setters. They usually are helpful if you asked politely.
Now you know why, ceramic tile layout is so very important, even before you glue in the first piece of tile!
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