Do you want a perfectly tiled floor? Tiling a floor is not as easy as it looks. It takes precision and patience to make sure that the tiles are level with each other.
If you don’t have the time or patience to do this, then using a laser level can help! This blog post will discuss 7 steps that will show you how to use a laser level for tiling your floors in minutes!
Why Do You Need a Laser Level?
A laser level is a tool for lining up tiles in an even pattern. It uses the light beam to make sure that tile rows are all spaced evenly and straight, giving you a professional look if finished correctly.
Since flooring can be expensive and time-consuming, it’s important to take your time measuring and getting it right to avoid extra costs and headaches later.
How to Use a Laser Level for Tiling?
Here are the 7 steps you’ll need to take when using your laser level for tiling:
Step 1: Mark the Floor
Before you can begin tiling using a laser level, you’ll first need to mark out the area that you want tiled. You can do this by using a pencil and string or simply using chalk as an alternative.
Step 2: Set up your Laser Level
After marking out the flooring with either a pen or chalk, you will need to set up your laser level so that it is perfectly horizontal on both ends where you plan to put down tiles.
With some levels, such as those used for construction purposes (which we recommend if possible), there should be adjustable feet at each end which allow you to properly place them without having too much difficulty. If not, however, don’t worry, most tile leveling systems come equipped with their own feet that are easy enough to attach and adjust.
Step 3: Make sure the Laser Level is on Point!
Now that your laser level is set up, it’s time to make sure everything is perfectly horizontal before beginning tiling. This means going from one end of the room and measuring about every five feet or so until you come back to where you first started, making sure each measurement along the way matches. If not, don’t worry. Simply adjust accordingly until both ends are completely even with one another horizontally.
However, doing this will require a bit more work as opposed to using adjustable feet at either end of your tile leveling system. In most cases, though, if done properly, there should be no issues whatsoever in aligning them vertically, which is half the battle when trying to lay down tiles.
Step 4: Placing the Tiles!
Now that you’ve got your leveling system set up and everything is nice and horizontal, it’s time to put those pretty new tiles onto the flooring. To do this, all you’ll need to do is place them in the right order while making sure they are flat against one another; no gaps or overlaps should be present between each tile for a perfect look when finished (you may use spacers if needed).
Like with other tiling methods, however, make sure not to press too hard on any of your tiles. There’s always a chance something could happen that results in cracking or breaking – especially considering how fragile most ceramic tiles can be at times. Once you’re satisfied with your tile placement, you’re ready for the next step.
Step 5: Secure Your Tiles!
Now that you’ve got all of your tiles situated nicely and everything is looking perfect, it’s time to make sure they don’t move around on us during the process, which can be easily done using a little adhesive caulk along both sides of where each one meets up with another (or wherever else necessary).
Just like traditional tiling methods, however, be careful not to apply too much, or this may result in them sticking out from the surface as well as making an unsightly mess when finished.
If desired, clear silicone sealant could also work fine if applied far enough back so that excess amounts aren’t pressed against the tiles. Just make sure to wait for it to dry beforehand before continuing on the process.
Step 6: Clean Up!
Once you’ve finished applying your adhesive caulk or clear silicone sealant, all that’s left is cleaning up any excess materials which may have ended up anywhere they shouldn’t be during this time, such as along tile lines where grout will later go (which should come off easily with a little water).
Then simply let everything sit and dry overnight while giving yourself plenty of room in between each tile so that no messes are made when finishing tiling our next day.
Step 7: Grouting Time!
Now that everything else has been cleaned up, including any gaps or overlaps between tiles if using spacers, you’ve now reached the final step of tiling.
The first thing to remember at this point is that grout will never dry if it gets on tile surfaces so take extra care when applying and wiping off excess amounts to avoid any mistakes from happening, which can be done using a rubber float as well as ensuring no gaps or overlaps remain between tiles (again using spacers).
Once finished though, leave things alone for about an hour before going back over everything with clean water. Then wait another day or two before walking across your beautiful new flooring again since excessive foot traffic could end up causing cracks in your hard work otherwise. And voila! You’re finally finished! If you follow these steps on how to use a laser level for tiling, your floor will look like a pro did it!
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