When starting a home project, like creating the perfect outdoor area for your home, preparation is key! Many times people become disillusioned with projects because of the amount of prep work required. Travertine Mart makes installing your travertine tiles easier than ever as a result of our patio designer and our easy step by step instruction guide located on our website. Travertine tiles provide your patio, driveway, or backyard a simple and beautiful option for a variety of projects.
Installing travertine tiles can be easy no matter what surface you are trying to cover. Whether it is on top of dirt or concrete, it can be a fairly simple task to create a foundation and prepare the area for installation. To prepare a dirt or ground area you will need to lay down a base of rock or gravel and then a layer of sand on top. This will ensure that your tiles are laid down with a strong base as well as being even. Additionally, this prevents shifting under varying weights or rain. Once you have a strong and sturdy base you will want to lay the tiles down and fill in the cracks with any remaining sand that you have left. Travertine is not only easy to install on dirt but it is especially easy to install when your base layer is concrete.
Adding a layer of travertine tiles to your driveway, sidewalk or patio will not only make your home look better but will also increase the value of your home. Installing the tiles on top of concrete is very simple and doesn’t take a lot of materials. Installation would be a perfect weekend project for you and your family. The first step when preparing the concrete for tile installation is to clean the concrete. This prevents dirt and rocks from getting underneath your tiles. This will not only prevent an uneven surface but could also prevent the tiles from cracking under pressure. It is ideal to sweep the concrete of any debris and then go over it with a pressure washer. It would also be a good idea to mix some soap and water with your pressure wash mix.
Once the concrete has been cleaned your next step is to lay down the layer of mortar. The mortar is what holds the tiles in place. As a result, you want to make sure to add a generous amount to help fill in any gaps. Additionally, you want to have the tiles ready to place before you lay the mortar down. This will ensure that it will not dry before you are done. Once the mortar has been laid down evenly, you are ready to start putting the tiles in place. It is important to start at the corners and begin filling them in. You can use a string to line your tiles up straight and make sure you are not wavering to one side or another. Once the tiles are in place, make sure to press down on them and wiggle them a bit to help them sit in the mortar. Additionally, use any extra mortar mix to fill in the gaps.
Congratulations! You just completed your travertine tiles project! You should let the tiles sit for a day or two to make sure the mortar is completely dry before walking or driving on it. Travertine can really add beauty to any part of your home and here at Travertine Mart we want to make your remodeling project is easy and affordable as possible.
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