Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles

Terrace tiles made easy

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: outdoor

Beautiful terrace tiles bring a dreamlike Mediterranean flair home - not only in the domestic four walls, but also in the outdoor area and the garden. What few people know: You can lay terrace tiles with an exact construction manual, the right approach, good tools and a High quality tile adhesive relatively easily do it yourself.

So the ambitious home improvement can fulfill a big dream - because a beautiful terrace is simply a must.

As you transform your terrace with your desired tiles into a small oasis of recreation, we show you in detail and illustrated in twelve steps. This is how you can easily and quickly get an "outdoor room".

Prepare underground

Before you can tiled outside, the ground must have some important criteria fulfill. This includes that the ground is solid and stable. Likewise, it must be ruled out that it can be undermined and sinks or otherwise moves. Ascending wetness must not lead to frost damage. Only a professional construction is the basis for many years of enjoyment of the laid tiles.

Align first row

Since walls are rarely absolutely straight over a longer area, you should not start with the row on the wall, but with the next one. A little trick will help with the alignment of this series. For this purpose, a guideline is used to check the distance from which it is possible to lay a complete row of tiles. This measure is transferred with the addition of the joint width on the pretreated terrace floor. Finally, the Cracked with tape taped. Since paper adhesive tape under tile adhesive quickly softens, it is recommended to use fabric tape or other waterproof tape.

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: adhesive

Mark first row

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: adhesive

Mask off the crack

Apply tile adhesive

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: adhesive

Distribute tile adhesive

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: outdoor

Combine tile adhesive with the notched trowel

If the tile adhesive is mixed according to the manufacturer's instructions, it can be applied with a trowel or poured out on large surfaces. Then it is combed with the joint trowel until a uniform image is obtained and the entire surface in tile size is covered with tile adhesive. The tile adhesive is distributed up to the adhesive tape.

Depending on the tile size, different tooth sizes of the trowel are required. There are recommended guidelines for this.

Edge length of the tile Recommended tooth size up to 50 mm 3 mm 50 mm to 100 mm 4 mm 101 mm to 200 mm 6 mm 201 mm to 250 mm 8 mm 251 mm to 500 mm 10 mm

Since no cavities may remain under the tiles outdoors, it is recommended to use a larger tooth size or to tile using the buttering-floating method. For this purpose, the tile adhesive on the surface to be tiled and in addition to the Tile back applied. This guarantees enough tile adhesive for a full-surface edition, but also a uniform application of the tile adhesive.

Lay tiles

In the next step, the tape is peeled off and leaves a tile adhesive application with an exact finish. At this the first tile is now created and pressed with a slightly rotating movement in the tile adhesive. So continuously the other tiles of the series are laid. It is helpful to attach the tiles exactly to the edge of the previous one and then pull it to the joint distance. As a result, the tile adhesive is distributed to a full-surface application and the joint remains free of tile glue, Joint crosses determine the distance between the tiles and thus the joint size.

The other tile rows are aligned at the first and further marking with tape is not necessary. Even if the individual tiles are aligned with tile crosses, a check with a straight edge makes sense and uneven distances can be taught.

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: outdoor

Remove the adhesive tape

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: adhesive

Laying tiles

Tile grouting

As with tile adhesive, outdoor only occurs flexible grout for use. This is mixed according to the manufacturer and can be spread over a diagonal over the tiles after a short period of maturation with a rubber joint and thus incorporated into the joints.

If the grout has dried on and forms a light veil on the tiles, it can be washed with a damp sponge board. Only excess grout should be removed and the joints should not be washed out. Only after complete dehydration, the tiles are cleaned with plenty of water and with a dry cloth last cement veil could be removed.

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: outdoor

Distribute joint mortar

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: tiles

Wash joints

Apply silicone transitions.

After complete drying of the joints and a final cleaning, all transitions can be sealed with silicone. It is important that all transitions have some leeway to compensate for movements. If this space is not present, tensions arise, which cause tiles to rupture and give water the opportunity to get under the tiles.

The inexperienced should mask the area to be grouted in the width of the desired silicone joint with Malerkrepp. This will later create an exact silicone joint.

With a caulking gun is the grout placed in the joint in a uniform bead. All cavities should be closed. Subsequently, excess silicone is removed with a joint straightener or other aid and the joint is thus brought into the correct shape. After removal of the tape, the silicone can be sprayed and smoothed with a mixture of water and detergent. It is important that the silicone runs flat everywhere on the wall and floor and that there is no attack or collection point for water.

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: outdoor

Apply silicone

Lay outdoor tiles and patio tiles: outdoor

Remove silicone joint

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