One way to spruce up your houses
entrance way is to install a ceramic tile floor. A ceramic tile floor provides
both beauty and functionality to a house entrance way. A ceramic tile floor is
also extremely durable and relatively impervious to water and dirt that are
commonly tracked into a house entranceway. In addition, ceramic tile is
available in many different shapes, sizes and patterns. Consequently there are
endless ceramic tile entrance ways that can be designed.
Installing a ceramic tile entranceway
is an easy do-it-yourself project that most homeowners can undertake. Ideally it
is best to install a ceramic tile entranceway prior to the installation of the
When installing a ceramic tile
entranceway it is important to have a stable subfloor. Ideally the subfloor
should consist of ¾ tongue and groove plywood that is then covered with a layer
of ½ CDX exterior grade plywood. The ¾ tongue and groove subfloor should be
screwed and glued to the floor joists and the 1/2 CDX exterior plywood should
be screwed down to the tongue and grooved subfloor with 1-1/4 deck screws on 6
When installing ceramic tile use a
high quality latex modified thin set mortar for best results. In addition, use a
grout sealer after grouting the ceramic tile to reduce the risk of grout stains.
Photos by Mark Donovan
When installing a ceramic tile entrance way, consider buying or renting a tile
wet saw. A tile wet saw will save you both time and money on wasted ceramic
tiles. In addition, you will achieve a much more professional finish. Ceramic
tile wet saws are not too expensive, so if you are planning multiple ceramic
tile projects you may seriously want to take a look at buying one. I have owned
one for the past 10 years and have used it many times. I know I have personally
saved a small fortune in rental costs and improperly cut ceramic tiles.
Likewise, my neighbors have saved a bundle when loaning it out to them.
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