How to Install a Quartzite Floor

Made from a form of sandstone and accessible in hues of white, gray, tan and pink, quartzite flooring shares several properties with conventional slate. While this pure material may not be as well known as other floor finishes, it comes in tiles which are installed in the exact same manner as other stone flooring products. Knowing the fundamentals of quartzite floor installation can help you get the best possible benefits, whether you opt to install this stuff yourself or hire a professional to help.

Prepare the Subfloor

Grind away any bumps or raised areas on concrete subfloors. Use a trowel to apply concrete leveling compound to any low areas or voids. Sweep the floor clean to remove all debris and dirt.

Cover wood subfloors with 3/4-inch cement board and fasten the planks in place with screws placed every 6 inches along every edge.

Add an uncoupling membrane over wood subfloors after installing cement board. Cover the cement board with thinset, then unroll the membrane to cover the Landscaping design Littleton, CO. Butt seams together without overlapping, and cut the stuff with a utility knife. This membrane will help reduce the potential of splitting or loose tiles in the long run.

Install Quartzite Tile

Spread multipurpose or polymer-modified “thinset” glue mortar over the Landscaping design Boise using a notched trowel.

Score the mesh backing on the back of the tile with a utility blender or knife, then press on the tile firmly to the brick. Harness each tile in place with a rubber mallet as you work to ensure it is secure and flat.

Cut tiles as required using a wet saw with a diamond blade. Wear your safety glasses when operating your wet saw.

Use tile spacers to maintain grout lines between each tile. Grout joints must be 1/8 narrower or inch.

Apply stone tile sealer after you have finished laying the tiles. Use a mop or rags to rub the sealer into the quartzite. Wait for the sealer to dry completely based on the instructions on the package before proceeding.

Pour non-sanded grout over the tiles, and use a grout float to push it in the joints between each tile. Wipe away excess grout with a wet sponge, ensuring the tiles are clean prior to proceeding.

Permit the floor to dry for 24 hours before walking or moving furniture to the room.