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Helpful Tips for Tile Installation

  • Carefully measure tiles to be cut and mark with a pencil or felt-tip pen. Make straight or diagonal cuts with a wet tile cutter (dry cutting is not recommended - see FAQs), curved cuts with a nipper and full-length curved cuts with a rod saw.
  • When installing countertop tiles, begin with counter trim, then set full tiles from the first row working back – thus all cut tiles will be placed on the back row against wall.
  • It is critical that large format tile be installed on a level substrate. Additionally, there must be at least 90% mortar contact and a minimum grout joint of 3/16" depending on the tile.


Step-by-Step Instructions Make Installation Easy

Whether you’re installing floor tiles, wall & countertop tiles or large format tiles, our helpful instructions will guide you through each process.

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How-To Install Floor Tile

Good planning is the key to successful installation. Simply prepare your surface, plan the layout and start cutting and setting your new tiles.

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How-To Install Wall & Countertop Tile

Maintain the beauty of your large format tile for years to come with the proper installation methods.

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How-To Install Large Format Tile

Our do-it-yourself installation tips will help guide you, from planning to installation to the satisfaction of a job well done.

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