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Tile and Stone Flooring Installation

Installation Checklist

Tile and Stone installation is not typically a do-it-yourself job.

Shaw recommends the use of a qualified professional to install tile.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself before considering tile or stone.

What Rooms Will You be Installing Tile in?


  • high ceilings and large rooms look more scale appropriate with large format tile
  • small rooms can feel bigger using large format tile
  • wet or exterior areas should consider the COF (coefficient of friction) of the tile
  • focal areas are great places for accent pieces and borders

What is the Family Size and Lifestyle?


  • dark colors and surface texture hide wear
  • dark grout colors are easier to maintain
  • large format tiles have less grout joints
  • tile offers excellent resistance to spills

Is There a Door to the Outside


  • use walk-off mats, inside and out
  • use rug runners or area rugs in high traffic areas

What is the Substrate the Tile is Being Installed Over?


  • plywood - cement backer board needed, and it may increase the height of your floor
  • concrete - crack isolation products may be needed, possibly increasing installation cost

What's Next?


La Paz Tile Flooring | Color: Dorado

Speak with your retail sales associate about your installation and discuss any and all concerns you may have. Don't be afraid to ask questions before the installation begins. There are no wrong questions when it comes to your installation! Waiting to ask questions after the installation is complete can result in costly repairs and dissatisfaction.

Helpful Installation Rules


  • dark colors and surface texture hide wear
  • mix tile from 3 or more cartons to achieve a random installation
  • 95% of the tile's back must have adhesive transfer
  • pack the grout joints tight and full
  • apply grout sealer to help reduce stains and protect the original color

Helpful Installation Terms


  • thinset adhesive is used for floor tile and wall tile inside and out
  • mastic is used for wall tile or small floor tile (interior only) and is packaged ready-to-use
  • the trowel is a measuring device and the notch size controls the amount of mortar applied
  • grout is cement with pigment colors added

Want to know more about tile and stone installation?


To learn more about tile and stone installation visit the Tile Council of North America Tile Council of North America.


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