I recently did a Porcelain Plank tile floor in Wesley Chapel, Florida which is just a little North East of Tampa. The homeowner wanted a harder floor then real wood and also didn’t want the noisy cheap floating laminate floor look and loud sound when walked on with shoes. I showed them a rectified porcelain tile plank from one of my tile distributors in Tampa and they loved it. The planks were 4 1/2″ x 18″ and had a realistic wood grain pattern look to them, nice shading & coloring too. There are also a bunch of different sized porcelain plank tile from different tile manufacturers like 4″x24″, 5″x24″, 6″x18″, 6″x24″, 12″x24″ and even 4″, 6″ and 5″x36″. Here is a newer blog with a job we did in Tampa with 6×24 porcelain plank tile.
Porcelain tile excels in the area of being resistant to all kinds of wear, acid, and everyday abrasions caused by foot traffic. With a slip resistant surface, wood porcelain plank tile also has safety as well as beauty and longevity. Most of the plank tile is PEI 4 rated, acid resistant, abrasion resistant, slip resistant, can have a slightly textured, matte or slightly embossed surface, tile thicknesses are from 3/8″ to 1/2″ and is a Green Building Material. Each porcelain plank manufacturer has a different look and style and plank tile can be installed in different sized rows to achieve a realistic vintage wood look. This makes porcelain plank tile flooring an excellent design choice for homeowners wanting a warm, rustic wood look with durability and beauty.
Once we delivered the tile to the job we started ripping up the carpet and tack strip. The homeowner had already moved all furniture out of that room prior to us getting there. After prepping the floor and applying a liquid crack membrane over some small cracks we measured the room and did our layout. With these types of porcelain plank tile you need to make sure you don’t have a repetitive pattern so close attention should be paid when starting each row. On this project we used Laticrete 252 Silver modified gray thinset to set the porcelain planks. We went around prior and undercut the door jambs and made sure the tile slid under to wood baseboard. This would allow a perimeter moment joint that is not grouted and would stop possible later tenting. The concrete substrate was nice and flat which helped. We used a chalk line and snapped all of our control lines and started setting plank tile with intermittent sized tile at each row.
Once we set the entire floor it dried for the time required by the thinset manufacturer which is usually 24hrs. We then washed any thinset or job dust on the tile and cleaned any thinset in the grout joints prior to grouting. On this job we used Laticrete PermaColor #43 Chocolate Truffle sanded grout since it offers the maximum performance available in a cement-based grout, provides a consistent color and has Microban to resist stain causing mold and mildew. This grout is also ideal for floors and walls with grout joint widths of 1/16″ to 1/2″. The grout joints we had installed were an 1/8″ due to the sides of the plank tile that had 1/8″ lugs that helped with the spacing on the side of the plank. After we washed and cleaned the grout from the tile with a sponge we let the grout do it’s initial set which is when it firms up. We then did a towel drag of the full floor with clean water to remove any grout dust residual and also stops an ugly grout haze from showing when dried.
here are some pictures of the install……
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