Mosaic tiles in Brooklyn, NY can enhance many aspects of your home, porch, yard and more. Wall tiles in Brooklyn, NY are the perfect choice for your kitchen backsplash, shower enclosure or bathroom walls. They come in a variety of colors, textures and patterns that you can arrange to create a truly unique and one-of-a-kind design in your home. If you choose to install your own mosaic tiles, read on to learn more about the installation process.
Preparing the wall or surface
Before you start installing your wall tiles in Brooklyn, NY, you’ll have to prepare the wall or surface that you plan to cover with mosaic tiles. Mosaic tiles are very sturdy and durable and resistant to cracking. However, the grout between the tiles can crack if the subsurface is not firm enough. That means you’ll want to ensure the surface for your tiles is flexible. If you’re installing on the floor, you can jump on the floor to see if there’s any bounce. You may want to call a professional with knowledge of in mosaic tiles in Brooklyn, NY if you’re not sure if your surface is sufficiently firm.
Next, remove anything that may be in the way of your mosaic tile installation, such as plumbing, molding or other obstructions. Fill in large low spots and small indentations to create a smooth, even surface. In an effort to ensure the tiles are parallel with any visible abutting walls, make sure you account for any oddly angled walls to prevent the non-parallel joints from being overly obvious.
Installing the tile
Now it’s time to install your tile. Consult with a professional to choose the right size of notched trowel, though most jobs will call for a square-notched half-inch trowel. Use epoxy mortar or another high-quality, latex-reinforced mortar. You’ll then spread the mortar with the flat side of the trowel and then comb it with the notched side. Then, carefully set the mosaic sheets into the mortar without sliding them more than a quarter inch. You can put a piece of plywood on top of the tiles to gently press the sheets into the mortar. To ensure that your tiles are sticking to the mortar, pick up a sheet every so often. If the tiles don’t stick, you’ll need to use wetter mortar and press more firmly into it. As you go, remove globs of mortar that have been squeezed up, as it will be more difficult to remove later.
After the mortar has completely dried, you’ll need to apply grout with a laminated grout float. Hold the float flat, then press the grout into the joints. You can then tilt the float up and squeegee away the excess. You can use a damp sponge to wipe away the remaining grout from the tiles. The next day, after it’s dry, buff the surface with a dry cloth.
If you have questions about your tile options, Euro House Tile & Marble would be happy to provide professional assistance with selecting mosaic tiles in Brooklyn, NY for your project. We offer a unique selection of artisan glass and mosaic tiles. Give us a call today to learn more!