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5 Tips to Successfully Installing Metallic Tile


Tiles that have some metal on them or all on their surface need to be installed and taken care of somewhat differently than other tiles.


Metallic tiles I am referring to in this post almost always are in mosaic form, and have some form of porcelain/ceramic base behind the metallic surface. Vinyl-based metallic looking tiles are installed differently than what will be explained here.


In this post, I'll quickly go over some tips and tricks on how to ensure the metallic tiles you have can last and look great for a long time.


1. Carefully lay out your metallic tiles to ensure you get the least amount of waste with as little cuts as possible. To do this measure the area you'd like the tiles to be installed in width and height. Allow 10 percent waste for any miscuts or damaged pieces.


2. Use a diamond blade with a wet tile saw to accurately cut the tiles. Do not use hand-held or hand-powered cutters, as this can easily damage the metallic surface.


3. Install the tiles using a modified thin-set mortar or SimpleMat on vertical surfaces and countertops. Be sure the mortar is rated to hold tiles for vertical surfaces (walls).


4. Only use non-sanded grout on metallic tiles, as sanded grout can scratch and possibly damage the metallic surface.


5. Use thick foam grout floats and never use metal tile tools (except to cut it) to reduce any damage on them.

Following these tips and tricks can get your tiles to be installed properly. Let us know if you have any further questions regarding metallic tiles.
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Posted 2015-06-20T17:21:16+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL