In our last article within this floor tiling renovation project series, we had completed preparing the sub floors in both the front foyer and the adjoining laundry room.
Now we are ready to install the metal screen which will help support the new large floor tiles.
We haven’t really talked about the actual floor tiles we have chosen for our front foyer and adjoining laundry room, have we?
Well, we chose porcelain over ceramic for the additional strength which porcelain is supposed to have over ceramic. It is maintenance free which I personally really like.
And the tiles are large. How large?
Would you believe 24 inches by 24 inches.
Yes, 2 feet by 2 feet.
Very large, at least larger than any floor tiles I have had in any of our previous homes.
Tiles that large need solid support not just during the laying task but also thereafter when they are walked on.
So, it was no surprise when Brian, the lead contractor performing the installation for us, started to pull out the metal screens to lay them on top of the sub floor.
Depending on where you live, metal screens may be required by the building code or they may not.
However, with tiles as large as these Brian doesn’t even hesitate to use them for the above noted reasons.
So, the first step was obviously to bring them into the house and lay them loose on the front hall floor.
To shape them around the curve at the one end of the stairs’ banister, Brian used a simple wire cutter just like the one I used many years ago to cut metal 2 X 4 studs when I was finishing a basement.
To hold the metal screens in place Brian simply used an industrial stapler as shown in the above picture. You can see he came prepared with a lot of staples!
Laying and stapling the metal tile support screen did not take that long at all to do.
And in the end, we can see the finished sub floor of the front hall all fully prepare
Of course, the metal floor tile screen was also laid in the adjacent laundry room
This included both closets as well, like the above picture of the laundry room closet; really any and every floor area that was to be tiled.
Select this link to continue to the next task in our floor tile home renovation project, that being applying the thin-set concrete to the metal floor tile support screen.
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