The diagonal method of laying tiles creates a beautiful pattern on the floor, allows you to hide the non-parallelism and non-perpendicularity of existing walls, and visually expands the room.
There are a lot of options for laying tiles on the floor: traditional, offset (like brickwork), offset, modules, herringbone and diagonally. Consider the features and examples of the last option for laying tiles on the floor.
How to lay tiles diagonally
Why is it even worth using diagonal laying of tiles, why complicate the repair process for yourself, because it is more difficult, there are much more scraps, respectively, and the cost of material that costs money? Because diagonal tiling has undeniable advantages:
- Such a floor covering looks very original, beautiful, impressive, immediately attracts attention;
- Visually expands the room, “pushes” the walls;
- Perfectly hides all the nervousness of the floor and opposite walls, which will definitely be visible in the case of classic styling.
First, you need to prepare the base for the tiles: level the floor, perhaps using a self-leveling mixture, and then, when it hardens, prime it. Choose a high-quality tile, because the flooring will be exposed to serious stress. We choose the adhesive composition depending on the type of tile. Today, epoxy and polyurethane compounds are often used, elastic and easy to work with.
Important! Do not forget that diagonal laying is exactly the case when tiles need to be taken with a margin! You will have a lot of cuttings, so add at least 10% to the required amount.
From the tools you will need: notched spatulas for the adhesive, one ordinary small one for grouting (you will need it later), a container if you need to knead the glue (it is often sold ready-to-use), a tile cutter, a mallet, a level, a rope, a marker and a ruler , spacers and crosses that fit between the tiles.
Important! Most often, square tiles are laid diagonally. They are easier to cut as needed than rectangular ones.
Before you start laying, you need to markup. Traditionally, all rows of tiles are placed at an angle of 45 degrees in relation to one of the walls. There are two options for starting the layout:
- From the corner. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner of the room using chalk or a marker, as well as a rope or laser level. And we start with the first corner tile cut diagonally. This is the most important point, then the installation proceeds from this first tile, which should ideally lie in relation to the walls. Choose the corner that is most visible from the side of the door;
- From the center of the room. It is determined by drawing two lines from the corners, the intersection is indicated with chalk or a marker. This part of the room can be the most noticeable if it is not cluttered with furniture, so we start laying from here, using whole tiles turned at the right angle. It turns out that your tile will diverge in different directions and the need for trimming will appear only when you reach the walls.
Important! Diagonal installation can be carried out in any room. But most often this method is used in small rooms – on loggias and balconies, in bathrooms and toilets, as well as corridors and hallways. As we wrote above, diagonal laying will visually expand these cramped spaces.
If you have rectangular tiles, you can use them well. If the tile is square, then when cut you get triangles that should be laid with the hypotenuse down.
In general, the installation process itself does not differ from the usual one: the adhesive is applied with a notched trowel, the tiles are put in place and pressed down with light blows from a mallet. Do not forget to check the evenness of the coating with a level and insert crosses between the tiles.
After the end of the work, you will have to grout the tile joints and clean. But with this you will definitely cope without any problems! published by econet.ru
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