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How to Lay Tile onto a Screened Porch

Tile can dress up a porch and add value to a house, but it requires planning and planning to tile an porch. It must be rated for exterior use, although It is possible to use either tile; its porcelain and clay or ceramic are better. You can lay tile onto a concrete or timber porch flooring, but wood needs preparation, starting with ensuring the framing is sturdy enough to handle the burden of tile. You probably won’t need a building permit to put in a tile floor, but always check first.


Lay a long two-by-four with a flat on it or an 8-foot flat across the floor to locate any high or low spots in the cement. Grind off any high spots with a belt sander and paper that is demanding; flat stains with cement with patching cement, and fill any cracks or holes. Roughen the ground with a belt sander if the finish is glass-smooth or has been coated with a sealer that is concrete.

Mark the porch center with perpendicular lines. Measure side to side with a tape measure both across and along the porch, mark each edge with the center point and snap a chalk line between the points to make a center cross. Lay tiles out in 1 quadrant to determine grout spacing and find places where tiles will need to be trimmed to match. Blend fundamental floor or field tiles with edge or border tiles to help with spacing.

Mix starting in 1 corner of a quadrant in your center lines and spread a thin layer on a small area with a mason’s trowel, thinset mortar in a big container with water. Mortar over an area as far as you can easily achieve; do not spread wide a mortar or section will dry out. Set tiles from the mortar, starting in the center and working to the edges.

Place plastic spacers in the corners of tiles to keep up a difference and use a level. Set tiles by tapping on them with a rubber mallet and a”beating block,” a piece of thick wood big enough to cover more than 1 tile.

Work into the quadrant’s edges. Install border tiles when you get within one full tile of this edge, where the display wall attaches, then cut full tiles to match the gap with a mason’s wet saw; do not try to fold and snap or use a tile-cutting device if you would like a clean look. Put the cut edges inside. Different quadrants the manner.


Inspect a timber porch flooring for any spots or loose planks. Make sure the flooring is solid and not or substitute any boards that are bad and nail down with a hammer in almost any spots; a wood floor that flexes ruin the bond holding it into the ground or will break tile. Examine the floor for flat and adjust any high or low areas by filling low areas and trimming points that are high off.

When it is solid cover the timber flooring with cement backetboard. Cut cement board with a circular saw to match the space in order that they do not line up throughout the porch, and stagger the joints of sections. Fasten the backerboard with galvanized screws and a screw gun, framing under the floor or forcing screws to the joists. Countersink screw heads slightly below the surface and fill the holes.

Mark the center of the porch floor with perpendicular lines, just as you would a flooring. Snap chalk lines to split the porch . Where tiles will need to be trimmed to match, lay loose tile in 1 quadrant to determine spacing and note places.

Mix spread a thin layer with a mason’s trowel and thinset mortar at a large container, starting at one corner of the center mark. Set tiles set up, space them for grout lines with plastic spacers and tap them with a rubber mallet and big”beating” plank to place them at the mortar. Use a flat as you work to maintain tile surfaces degree.

Lay tiles to within one tile of each edge of this quadrant install border tiles. Cut tiles to match the gap with a mason saw and place the cut lines. Avoid trying to lower on tiles by scoring and snapping, either by hand or with a tile-cutter. Until the porch is tiled, fill quadrants the manner.


Grout openings between tiles after the flooring is coated and mortar has put, at least overnight. Remove the spacers between tiles, checking as you would like to guarantee that the tiles are secure; pause to allow mortar place longer if any tiles change because you pull spacers.

Mix grout to about the consistency of a milkshake at a container or bucket. Spread it with a sponge on the tiles . Hold the grout sponge about a 45-degree angle and induce down grout . Maintain a moment, clean sponge and clean water beside you and wash off excess grout in the tile faces. Rinse the sponge to keep it clean.

Grout the porch. Let the grout place until any on the tile face develops a haze, then sponge it off . Rinse the cleanup sponge regularly and operate until all grout that is visible is away from the surface. After grout has dried Return over the porch and use a wire brush to clean any dried grout off.

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