The latest techniques for the latest technology. Advances in technology have brought many new installation products and tools to the world of tiling in recent years, including waterproofing membranes, backerboards, grouts, and cutting tools. That’s why DIYers will welcome the thoroughly updated, easy-to-follow directions in Working with Tile.
Introducing two all-new sections. You’ll benefit from new content focusing on grouting (which can make or break any job) and working with porcelain and glass tile (a daily challenge to tile and shower door installers and plumbers). This perennial bestseller, first published in 2005 and now fully updated, also provides expert advice and over 370 photos to guide you through common remodeling projects like adding a backsplash or retiling a powder-room floor.
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About the Authors
Tom Meehan got his start laying tile with his father on weekends and has been installing tile for more than 40 years. Together with his wife, Lane, they own Cape Cod Tileworks in Harwich, Massachusetts. They are both long time contributors to Fine Homebuilding magazine.
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Table Of Contents
Introduction to the Revised Edition
Living in Style
Look to the Future
Translating Ideas into Tile
Materials Are Better, More Versatile
Tiling a Floor
Maintain a Familiar Style
Tiling a Floor_—ä
Installing an Uncoupling Membrane_—ä
Layout Is Next_—ä
Installing Tile Is the Fun Part_—ä
Wainscoting Is a Practical Choice_—ä
Layout Is Key_—ä
Checking for Obstructions_—ä
Now Check the Horizontal_—ä
Installing the Tile_—ä
Tiling a Fireplace_—ä
Design for the Whole Room_—ä
Planning a Hearth and Mantel_—ä
Tiling over the Firebox_—ä
Building a Mantel_—ä
Tiling a Backsplash_—ä
Color, Patterns, and Accents_—ä
Installing a Tumbled Marble Backsplash_—ä
Sealing and Grouting_—ä
Tiling a Countertop_—ä
Keeping It Clean_—ä
Cut the Tiles First_—ä
Adding Edge Trim and Grout_—ä
Tiling a Tub Surround_—ä
Before You Start_—ä
Check for Plumb and Level_—ä
Use a Story Pole for Layout_—ä
Planning the Installation_—ä
Now for the Installation_—ä
Finishing Up Corners and Edges
Reviving a Bathroom with Tile_—ä
Out with the Old_—ä
Installing a Pan and Backer Board_—ä
Story Poles Guide Layout_—ä
Cutting Tiles to Fit_—ä
Installing a Glass-Block Shower Wall_—ä
Installing a Shower Pan_—ä
Getting It Right_—ä
Start with the Subfloor_—ä
Installing the Waterproof Membrane_—ä
Attaching the Drain and Liner_—ä
Installing Backer Board and Tile_—ä
Building a Curbless Shower_—ä
Comparing Installation Methods_—ä
Tiling with Stone_—ä
Choosing the Stone and the Look_—ä
Choosing Thinset and Trowels
Cutting Stone Tile_—ä
Drilling through Porcelain
Installing Stone Tile_—ä
Stone Should Be Sealed
Glass Tile Installation Is Different_—ä
Glass Tile in a Tub Surround_—ä
Getting the Thinset Right_—ä
Have Patience with Cutting and Grouting_—ä
Planning a Repair_—ä
Replacing Tile around a Shower Valve_—ä
Replacing a Large Area of Tub Surround_—ä
Replacing Floor Tile_—ä
Replacing a Shower Pan_—ä
Appendix A: A World of Tile_—ä
Appendix B: Tools and Materials_—ä
Appendix C: Trowels for Tiling_—ä
When Tom worked with his father 30 years ago, installers went to the customer_—Ès home and helped pick the tile. They would show up with 10 or 12 sample boards and walk out an hour later with all the choices made.
Not that it was easy: There were 40 or so possible colors for bathroom tile alone. The lower 4 ft. of the wall was usually tiled, forming a wainscot. There was a trim tile, called a cove base, where the wainscot met the floor, and another trim tile, called a cap or a tile chair rail, that could be used at the top. Customers could pick a matching, contrasting, or complementary color. Most bathrooms also got a full set of ceramic fixtures_—”towel bar, soap dish, and toothbrush and toilet paper holders.
Those relatively simple days are gone. We have a wider variety of tile shapes and sizes today than we did back then. Probably the most popular is 6-in. by 6-in. tile, which gives walls a clean look and a minimum number of grout lines. Rhomboids, or diamond shapes, and 3-in. by 6-in. subway tile have been making a strong impact in the past few years. They_—Ère most popular on backsplashes, but they add a wonderful texture to any wall. New decorative borders and trim pieces make it easy to interrupt the wainscot partway up, and once you do, you can turn the tiles diagonally to create different visual textures.
Ceramic fixtures are on the decline. Today_—Ès toothbrushes just don_—Èt fit into the holders once common over the sink. Standard toilet paper holders don_—Èt accommodate the larger rolls of toilet paper sold today. Old-fashioned tub soap dishes with the handle across the top are a thing of the past, too. They_—Ève been replaced by grab bars. Given the tendency of soap dishes to pop out of the wall when you grab them, it_—Ès probably just as well. Shampoos, conditioners, body washes, and other common beauty products would overwhelm an old-fashioned shower stall. Now, we cut shampoo niches into the wall, sizing them to meet the customer_—Ès needs and tiling them to match the shower.
Floor tiles are becoming larger, too. In the past, a floor tile commonly would have been 8 in. or 10 in. square. Now we tend to use tiles 12 in. by 12 in. or even larger. They reduce the number of grout lines, making the room look bigger and less busy. On the other hand, we are also seeing a great deal of small stone mosaic patterns. Mosaic patterns can make a big impression in a small powder room.
In the old days, a high percentage of foyers would have been red, gray, or green slate in one of a number of random block patterns. Today, the possibilities are endless. You can create a formal marble entry or a more rustic entry using tumbled marble. Borders and patterns can be combined to imitate rugs, making wonderful welcome mats, especially inside sliding or French doors. We have even filled entryways with what look like ponds of water made with fish- and shell-shaped tiles surrounded by tumbled stone.
What_—Ès new in the kitchen
When Tom was doing kitchens with his father, the floors were usually either quarry tile, 8-in.-sq. Italian tile, or Mexican terra-cotta tile. Today, the combination of tile technology and our fast-paced lives has changed how we design kitchen floors. The most popular contemporary kitchen floors are ceramic or porcelain 12-in. squares made to look like stone.
The varied texture hides a multitude of sins, such as juice spills, sand, dirt, and pet hair. The matte finish keeps footing reliable even when the surface is wet. Porcelain and ceramic tiles come in many patterns and variations. The trend is to make tile that looks like tumbled marble or limestone, and it_—Ès amazing how the tiles look so much like the real thing. Both porcelain and ceramic tiles are reasonably priced and very durable_—”a great way to update a kitchen without breaking the budget.
Slate also has become increasingly popular for kitchens. Unlike the flat slate of the 1970s, available in three colors, slates today come in a wide variety of tones and textures. Surfaces are more forgiving than the flat, chalkboard finish that showed scratches and was very difficult to maintain. Many slate tiles have a beautiful cleft texture that helps prevent slipping but still lets you move your kitchen chairs across the floor. Slate is usually slightly more expensive than ceramic tile but is a nice compromise if you want all the wonderful colors and textures of real stone without paying for a more expensive material such as tumbled marble or limestone.
Tile still a smart choice
People we meet at our tile store on Cape Cod or through Tom_—Ès tile-setting business often assume we have fantastic tile in our own home. And the fact is that we do. But we also have four active boys in the house, and tile makes a lot of sense for us from both a practical and an aesthetic point of view. Like many other parents, we_—Èd like to keep our house spotlessly clean and well organized, but the reality is that if we_—Ère not working, we're probably racing to a karate class or a baseball game or some other activity. Tile is not only durable and good looking but also hides our housekeeping shortcomings as no other material could do.
A lot has changed since Tom began working with his father a generation ago. It_—Ès not just that there are many more colors, sizes, and types of tile to choose from. There also are better and more varied materials used to install tile_—”
everything from grout and thinset cement to special floor membranes and sealers. All of it helps ensure that the beauty and practicality of tile remains as compelling as it_—Ès ever been.
ISBN 978-1-60085-373-9 Video No Author Tom Meehan Lane Meehan Publication Year 2011 Dimensions 9 3/16 x 10 7/8 Pages 240 Photo 375 Drawings 15 Other Formats 77885 Cover Paperback Format Paperback
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