wood look tile installation

How to Install Wood-look Tiles

Wood plank tile floors have gained a good amount of popularity in the last couple of years.

For good reason: they don’t have ugly wear patterns after a couple of years, they don’t need to be refinished, and they don’t dent and ding like real wood floors do. But when it comes to installing wood look tile there are some unique challenges.

A wooden floor has a delightful provincial intrigue in inside structure; notwithstanding, it needs explicit support and cleaning. This is the reason wood look or wood-style earthenware tiles are beginning to turn into a favored new component in flooring. It’s single direction to get the delightful wooden tasteful with the toughness of tile particularly appreciated on kitchen floors.

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wood tile floor installation

In case you’re looking for the correct method to introduce those artistic wood-style tiles, we have you secured. In these areas underneath, we’ve delineated the things you’ll have to begin, essential bits to set-up and obviously, how to get those tiles introduced appropriately.

Tools and Materials

Tools Materials
  • Drill/Driver with Bitses
  • Saw
  • Cutter
  • Hammer
  • Belt Sander
  • Scraper
  • Adhesive remover
  • Float
  • Rubber float
  • Cutter
  • Wet saw
  • Trowel
  • Leveling compound
  • Chalk
  • Hairspray
  • Wood-like Tile
  • 1/8” Tile 
  • Oscillating tool with blad
  • Spacers
  • Screws
  • Uncoupling membrane or cement backer board
  • Latex Portland cement
  • Unmodified thin-set mortar (for large-format tiles)
  • Tile sealer
  • Grout mortar (should be the same color as the tile)
  • Sponge
  • Haze remover
  • Silicon sealant
  • Grout sealer
  • Waterproofing band
  • Tile spacers
  • Chalk line

Guide and Preparation

​Having an arrangement and understanding the layering procedure guarantees advancement of your materials and exertion. Introducing wood-look tiles doesn’t mean essentially heaping them unto the floor like bits of Lego. Along these lines, here are a couple of things to audit before you begin.


A basic tile establishment requires a couple of layers that guarantee legitimate attachment and backing:

  1. First is the subfloor, the base layer that bolsters your flooring’s dampness, thickness and solidness. When clearing the subfloor additionally check for your Vinyl’s production date. In the event that it’s more seasoned 1986, at that point it’s ideal to get an expert to test it for asbestos and expel it.
  2. Next is a layer of meager set mortar, which goes about as a cement between layers.
  3. A layer of substrate follows this, which guarantees the surface for establishment is level and even. For this task, the best choice is either an uncoupling film or a concrete backerboard.
  4. Another layer of mortar follows as glue
  5. Your layer of tiles at that point follows, lined and spread out as indicated by your floor zone.
  6. At that point a layer of grout covers the tiles to occupy in pores and spaces engrossing and shielding base layers from dampness.
  7. At that point at last, a sealer covers the laid flooring as a last layer of security.
wood look tile installation
wood look tile installation


After you get the estimation of the floor to be secured, add 10% more to this estimation. This would then be your reason for the complete tiles in square feet you would need to get ready. This additional sum represents any potential incidents or harms just as tiles to compromise and finishes.

Tile Patterns

In case you’re utilizing numerous clumps of tiles, you may see slight contrasts in themes and shading. To ensure designs finish neatly, it’s ideal to blend tiles between boxes as you lay them down.

In case you’re utilizing board tiles, you might need to think about laying their length to the length of the room. The examples will in general fit better along these lines with the length of the board’s example going through the long piece of the room.

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Installation Products

Every item/blend comes in with explicit guidance for readiness, blending, application and drying. You’ll discover this specifically to sealants, chemicals and mortar blends.

Installation Plan and Work Area Preparation

  • Devise an arrangement that permits you to follow an establishment way permitting space for strolling space outside restoring regions. This implies you don’t contact or stroll on the territories you’re holding on to dry or fix while you chip away at the rest.
  • Incorporate freedom and toe kick estimations in you establishment plan. You’ll need to guarantee you have leeway enough space for machines like your ice chest, waste compactor, and slide-in go. what’s more, dishwasher.
  • As you plan on the movement of through and through of the design, ensure you progress in the direction of – entryways. This helps make you’re never stuck in a spot or corner
  • Get out your working space start to finish. This implies moving out apparatuses and machines just as peeling misguided trim.
  • Get out the subfloor. You can do this by cutting the old vinyl in little pieces and lifting it from the subfloor. Utilizing a scrubber and cement remover causes make it simpler to expel the old vinyl cement.

Subfloor Preparation

  1. Examine the subfloor space from above and underneath (storm cellar) and ensure it’s in acceptable condition. A decent condition subfloor ought to be even in legitimate thickness and leveled. It ought to likewise be dry and away from stains or soil. In the mean time, wooden subfloors need to have very much shocked boards to the flooring.
  2. Observe and resolve any harms, stains, and plumbing worries that influencing the subfloor’s condition.
  3. Mind your substrate conditions for its particular necessity for thickness and contrast this with your subfloor. In spite of the fact that for the most part, a 5/8 inch thick subfloor is sufficiently thick to help 16″ separated floor joists. You can check your subfloor’s present thickness by boring a little opening or utilizing the floor register for the profundity estimation.
  4. Contingent upon your current subfloor’s thickness versus the prerequisite, you can build thickness by layering another plywood or OSB (Oriented Standard Board).
  5. Check for leveling, the subfloor must be equitably surfaced. This implies ensuring the entire surface is level without any protuberances or knocks however not really totally level. The floor territory might be inclined with one zone higher than the other may.
  6. Utilizing a long soul level, check for the errors in level and right these to the correct level. You can utilize a leveling compound to build tallness and you can sand down regions that might be excessively low.
  7. Tidy up the subfloor with a mop and vacuum at that point let it dry.
wood tile installation
wood tile installation

Substrate Installation

  1. Ensure your doorjamb and entryway leeway suits the stature of your flooring. Just stack a tile on a bit of substrate and imprint its stature on the frame and your entryway.
  2. Cut the pillar 1/16 inch over the frame mark utilizing a saw. At that point cut 1/8 inch over your imprint for the entryway.
  3. Spread out a move of uncoupling film on your subfloor (as per your work plan). Try to quantify in a 1/4 inch border hole for the development as you slice to your floor length. Put this in a safe spot.
  4. Check your substrate prerequisite for the trowel to be utilized, and set up your device. This task utilized a 1/4 inch by 3/16 crept indented trowel.
  5. Adhering to item guidelines, set up a blend of latex Portland concrete and mortar. With the level finish of a trowel, spread the mortar blend on your work territory at that point look around it to shape straight lines.
  6. Lay the film on the mortared zone and utilize a buoy to squeeze it for grip. Remember to keep a 1/4 inch development hole.
  7. Following similar advances (1-6) and your establishment plan, fill in the rest of the region with layer in like manner.
  8. When working with a kitchen zone, make a point to waterproof wrinkles and creases. Along these lines, utilize a blend of unmodified thinset mortar adhering to item guidelines. At that point spread this over creases.
  9. Take and cut waterproofing groups and press it against the mortar.
  10. Cut out any territory with floor registers for vents or warming.
  11. Let the thinset and mortar dry and fix adhering to item directions.

Guidelines and Reminders When Laying out Tiles

  • Work towards the entryway
  • Continuously keep the ¼ inch extension hole you will characterize along the floor edge
  • Continuously check the tiles bond to the mortar and guarantee you have full and secure contact
  • Back spread your tiles appropriately for a compelling attachment
  • Try not to amaze the joints for in excess of 33% of the tile’s length. Anything more extensive can wind up in lippage or lopsided tallness between tiles.
  • Note that more drawn out board tiles will in general have delegated midriff.
  • Utilize a wet saw when cutting tiles
  • Utilize a wet wipe to clear out overabundance mortar as you press tiles. This helps ensure you have a perfect completion.
  • Work with several lines at time to give you space to alter arrangement and guarantee legitimate attachment.

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Installing the Tiles

Remembering the above focuses you would now be able to begin setting down tiles

  1. Recognize the focal point of each contradicting divider and attract a line to associate them utilizing a chalk line, making a square cross on the territory. This causes you mark the focal point of the room just as separation the work region into four territories. The equivalent is appropriate to different regions of the live with contradicting dividers.
  2. Utilize a hairspray to keep the chalk mark from focusing on or being overwhelmed.
  3. Imprint your beginning line by estimating the focal point of the cross up to beginning divider and deduct the ¼ inch from this estimation. At that point deduct the width size of two tiles and two tile spacers.
  4. Utilizing similar estimations, mark the opposite finish of the beginning divider and interface the closures with a line. Ensure the lines are straight and utilize a triangular ruler to check if the corners are square.
  5. Design your tiles and spacers on the floor without cement (dry format). This will assist you with perceiving how tiles line up over your beginning line and your border. You may require smaller tiles in the edge zone or change the format as per what looks best.
  6. Modify the design and your beginning line varying for the best completion and format of your tiles.
  7. Secure your beginning line utilizing a straightedge held down with the heaviness of substantial packs of mortar and grout. Thusly, you can make a point to hold a straight edge as you design tiles along this column.
  8. Then, adhering to item directions, set up a blend of unmodified thinset mortar explicit for huge arrangement tiles. A decent blend will render a nutty spread consistency.
  9. Start with a little territory first along the length of the straightedge. Spread a first layer of mortar making a point to squeeze it in the film’s holes.
  10. Include another layer of mortar. At that point, holding an indented trowel at a 450 edge, begin brushing a 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch edges. Ensure edges are straight and not twirled.
  11. Spread a back margarine of mortar on the rear of your tile and spread it out on the mortar. Appropriately applying back spread on your tile is significant for acceptable and even bond.
  12. As you apply the tile, press it while bending it down into the mortar adjusted to the straightedge. The weight ought to smooth the mortar edges you made with the trowel.
  13. Keep spreading out columns of tiles and 1/8 inch tile spacers. Complete two or three columns before taking a shot at the opposite side of the straightedge.
  14. You can likewise begin spreading out tiles against the contrary side of the straight edge towards the divider.
  15. Imprint at that point cut tiles for push closes utilizing a wet saw. Make a point to quantify in the 1/8 inch tile spacer and the1/4 inch development hole
  16. Introduce the tile edge trim or advances to the entryways. Try to do this while over a wet thinset.
  17. Let the mortar fix adhering to the item directions.
  18. Wrap up by applying a layer of tile sealer as per item guidelines.

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The Finish – Grouting Tile Joints

  1. Set up your grout blend adhering to the item directions. In a perfect world, it ought to have a pastey consistency.
  2. Apply the grout into the joints squeezing it with an elastic buoy. Pull the buoy in an askew movement over the joints evacuating any abundance grout as you go. Recollect not to go over the extension holes.
  3. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Utilize a fog remover to tidy up buildups.
  4. Leave the floor to dry and fix further for at any rate 24 hours and permit the grout to dry. Try not to contact or stroll over the finished tile territory.
  5. Clear the edge’s extension hole off tile spacers and fill this with silicon sealant.
  6. Rub on grout sealer on the grout lines. This will help maintain a strategic distance from stains.
  7. Reinstall forming and different subtleties at first cleared from your room.

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