Intricate, delicate, yet functional – what’s not to love about mosaic tiles? If you’re struggling with a plain room, having a mosaic tile installation can add visual interest and luxurious touch to any space. Installing them wouldn’t be a problem either, as today’s mosaic tiles are conveniently grouped into sheets of pre-attached panels, such as those from Mosaic Tiles Australia. These versions are easier to install than their traditional counterparts.
If you’re ready to get started with your first mosaic work, here are 12 easy steps to do so:
1. Preparing the surface
Mosaic tiles should be perfectly smooth and flat, with the underlayment usually cement board laid on top of a plywood subfloor or directly against wall studs. To start, secure the cement boards with studs, with the rough side facing out and leaving a gap of around 1/8 inch in between panels.
2. Planning the tile layout
Usually, the pros at mosaic tile installation start at the very center, using all full sheets at first then cutting overlapping tiles along borders and obstacles.
3. Attaching the first tile sheet
Spread a layer of thin-set adhesive to each of the layout quadrants using a trowel, working every section of 2 to 3 square feet. Then, firmly press each mosaic tile sheet to embed it into the adhesive.
4. Working with the first quadrant
Work your way to the first quadrant by installing adjacent mosaic sheets in the same manner. Just make sure to use tile spacers to ensure that each sheet is evenly spaced.
5. Setting the tiles
Compared to the usual, single large tiles, mosaic tile sheets can wave or ripple on the surface when neglected. To prevent this, further tap down the sheets to the adhesive by using a piece of plywood and a rubber mallet. Doing so flattens the sheets, giving the surface a smooth and nice finish.
Upon installing all of your mosaic tile sheets, just make sure to finish them off with grout and by carefully cleaning the entire surface.