Installing indoor stair tiles is not much different than laying down a ceramic tile floor. This material makes a durable covering for stairs, especially if the staircase is able to handle the weight of the materials involved including mortar, tile, and grout. If you want to transform the look of your home with eye-catching interior designs and decorations, tiled stairs are a beautiful option. Here’s some important installation tips to follow.
Choose the Perfect Tile Design
When you are installing ceramic tiles on an area as intricate as stairs, you need to pay attention to the difference in tile sizes. When installing riser tiles and tread tiles you need to make sure that no tread tile extends over the edge of the stairs. You should start with whole tiles laid on the rear of the stair tread and then cut the pieces to fill out the rest. If you work with a good design you can save material and prevent yourself from cutting too much. Make sure that the design complements the look of your space, but with an area like this you have the liberty to experiment.
Use the Right Techniques and Tools
Using the wrong tools can cost you wasted time and prevent you from doing the job properly. Some installation tools you will need for this project include safety gloves and eye protection, drill machinery with a mixing palette, a bucket and rubber mallet, a notched float, and a wet saw. You will also need to know how to manipulate the water, mortar, and ceramic tiles to lay out the stairs properly.
Make Sure the Stairs Are Perfectly Level
When you are laying down any kind of flooring, especially tile flooring, you need to make sure that every aspect is level. The mortar should be placed evenly at the floor level, and it’s helpful to wait several days until it dries out. The stairs themselves also should be level, plumb, and even, and you can use a level apparatus and a tape measure to assess the situation before starting the project.
Choose the Right Type of Grout
You may not have considered this before, but ceramic tiles are not just about the tiles. If you choose the wrong type of grout, you can face several different problems. First of all, make sure that you know where you want your stair tiles installed. Some grout works great under stress, while other types work better in wetter conditions like an entryway.
Choose the Appropriate Materials/Adhesive
You should choose the appropriate adhesives for the type of tile that you are installing on to your staircase. A great option is TA-101 Ceramic Tile Adhesive, which is specially designed for interior installations. You also need to know how to properly mix tile adhesive, as the adhesive gets dry quickly, and is a serious problem to remove if you make any mistakes. If you are installing stair tiles outdoors, you can use products like the Euro Tile Outdoor System, which makes the process simpler.
Get Stair Tiles and Supplies from Centura Tile
If you’re looking for unique and beautiful tiles for your staircase, it might be helpful to speak to the experts. Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933 and this is reflected in the large selection of tile patterns, textures and designs we offer. At all of our North American locations, our product range includes high-quality flooring sheet vinyl, laminate, tile, porcelain, and carpet, among a vast array of additional products. We also supply the installation tools and products you need to get the job done yourself. We work closely with architects, designers, contractors, floor covering dealers, and home centres to give you the best customer service. To learn more about our wall and floor tile options for your home, contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.