Laying terrace tiles - explained step by step

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In recent years, decking of WPC and wood were the absolute bestseller. Now, the trend is towards terrace tiles, because these are not only robust and modern, but also easy to install.

Terrace tiles - beautiful and durable!

When spring finally arrives, life shifts outside. Where can the warming sun and wonderfully fresh air be better enjoyed than outdoors? A very popular place is the terrace, because this is almost an extension of the living space. If you plan and furnish your terrace properly, you can sit and relax in the same way as in the living room.

Where we are on the topic of terrace equipment: what good are the most beautiful lounge furniture and plants if an unsightly terrace floor destroys the cozy ambience? On a terrace belongs just a reasonable surface. While WPC decking and wooden decking has been very much in vogue in recent years, there are currently patio tiles in a variety of designs conquering German gardens. No wonder, because patio tiles (also called outdoor tiles) are not just a visual eye-catcher, they are also very robust and easy to lay. How easy, we show you here.

Choose the right tiles

Of course, before you can lay the tiles, you first have to choose the right tiling for your terrace. There is one thing to keep in mind above all else: the tiles must be in any case

  • frost and weather resistant
  • stable in shape and color
  • sure-footed and slip-resistant
    (important information on

be. Corresponding tile series with such robust outdoor tiles are offered for example by well-known manufacturers such as Ariostea, Agrob Buchtal and Emil Ceramica.

If you would like to get an idea of ​​these or of course other tiles, you have the choice between the standard assortment of the local construction market or you can look around at a specialist dealer. In the meantime, some even operate online and send their goods throughout Germany or once sample tiles. These are then even shipped in the original size, so you can get the best impression of the tile (Tip:

Otherwise, it is only important that you adapt the tiles to the design or style of your garden. As always: Allowed is anything that pleases!

➀ Little tip: How many tiles you will ultimately need for your patio is calculated as follows:

Tile area in mΒ² + 5 percent waste + 5 percent reserve = required amount of tiles in mΒ²

You need this to lay the tiles:

❍ Painters crepe
❍ sealing tape & terrace sealing (see for example products on
❍ tile adhesive
❍ tile mortar
❍ construction silicone
❍ Tile crosses
❍ painter role
❍ pen
❍ notched trowel
❍ Rubber wiper
❍ sponge board

Instructions for laying patio tiles

➜ Step 1:

Before laying the tiles, it is important that you first check the surface for damage. If you discover any bumps, cracks or holes, you need to correct them first.

Then paint the substrate twice with a terrace seal. Where the floor and wall meet, it is best to lay a sealing tape and work in the second coat of paint. So the water can not penetrate into the corners and edges.

➜ Step 2:

So that the tiles do not go wrong afterward, it is best to first determine the arrangement of the tiles and measure the course of the first row. Then mark this course and mask off with Malerkrepp.

➜ Step 3:

Now pour the tile adhesive into a bucket (preferably with spout opening) and mix with water according to the manufacturer's instructions.

➜ Step 4:

Then pour out some of the tile adhesive in the first row of tiles and immediately spread with a notched trowel. Important: Remove the adhesive tape before drying.

➜ Step 5:

Lay the first row of tiles along the resulting line. To do this, take the tile, align it with the help of tile crosses and then place it in the tile adhesive with a slight twist. Then just gently press in the glue.

This is how to proceed with the next rows: pour out the tile adhesive, pass it with the notched trowel and lay the tiles. When you have finished, you need to let the glue dry (you will find the drying time on the packaging).

➜ Step 6:

Once the tile adhesive has dried, you must mix the tile mortar. Then pour on the terrace tiles and with a squeegee diagonally over the joints until they are filled. It is best to remove excess tile mortar immediately with a clean rubber squeegee. Then let the mortar tighten a little (see manufacturer's instructions).

➜ Step 7:

If the tile mortar has dried (you can tell by the dulling color), you have to wash the excess material off the terrace tiles with a damp sponge board. Again, it is best to wipe again diagonally to the tiling. Only when the joint is completely cured, then polish something with a cloth.

➜ Step 8:

In itself, you are now finished with the actual work. The only thing you have to do now is to close the connection and corner joints with construction silicone. To do this, mask off the edges of the joints and then fill with the silicone. After approx. 10 minutes use a joint straightener to remove the excess silicone and remove the masking.

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