How to install tile around door jamb

Mr. HowToSpecialist January 10, 2012 Comments Off
How to install tile around door jamb

This article is about how to install tile around door jamb. Cutting tile around door jamb is easy if you take the right measurement and you use the right tools. When installing tile flooring, in most of the cases you will face the issue of installing ceramic tiles around door jamb, as to get a nice appearance. In this article, we will show you step by step how to measure properly, how to cut the tile and install it around doorway in a professional manner.


 

If you really want to get the job done in a professional manner, we strongly recommend you to cut the door jamb and to fit the tiles under. In this manner, you will get a continuous tile surface and the end result will be stunning. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to cut the door jamb or it is not possible, you can still get the job done and install the tiles in a professional manner.

From our experience, we strongly recommend you to use a good wet saw when cutting out the tile, as to fit into place. In most of the case you need to make notches in the tiles, which is not possible to do with a regular score-and-snap cutter. If you don’t have a wet saw, you can rent a small one for the nearest diy store. Even if this will increase the total costs of the project, the investment will really pay off on the long run. See more step by step tile projects HERE.

In order to install tile around door jamb, you need the following:

Materials:

  • Thinset mortar / premixed mastic
  • Ceramic tile

Tools:

  • Safety gloves, eye protection
  • Drill machinery with mixing palette
  • Bucket, Rubber hammer
  • Wet saw

Tips:

  • It is better to cut the door jamb, as to fit the tile under it

Time

  • 30 minutes

 

How to cut tile around door jamb

tile-under-door-jamb

tile-under-door-jamb

Generally speaking, there are two main techniques related to installing tile around door jambs. On one hand, you can mark the tile and cut it out as to fit around the wooden jambs. On the other hand, you can choose to cut the door jamb, as to lay the tile under it.

If you prefer the second technique, you have to use a pull saw. Place a large piece of underlay (it should have the same thickness as the layer of thin-set) on the sub-floor and the tile on top of it. Next, use a pull saw to cut the door jambs, by holding it perfectly level.

Marking tile around door jamb

Marking tile around door jamb

If you prefer the second technique, you have to draw marks on the tile, as to fit around the door jamb. Consequently, you have to lay the tile on position and draw the cut lines, by using a pencil. Make sure you take accurate measurements, otherwise you will have to repeat the process until you make the marks properly.

Smart tip: As you can notice in the image, we will install the tile an inch under the door jamb, but if in your case there is no room, you should draw the mark outside the door jamb.

Making marks on tile

Making marks on tile

Next, we have to draw another mark on the tile, as to fit inside the transition. Align the tile properly before drawing the marks, otherwise it won’t fit into location. Once you take the accurate measurements and mark the cut lines, almost 50% of the project is done. Installing the tile into place is relatively easy, as compared to the preliminary stages.

Make sure you take the right measurements, otherwise you will have to cut another tile. Remember that when marking the tile, you have to leave space for the grout between the tiles.

Measuring tile around door

Measuring tile around door

 

Last but not least, we have to make the final mark on the tile, as to fit alongside the wall. It might look a complex operation, but it is straightforward and very easy if you work with great care.

Make sure you make accurate marks, otherwise you will have to redo the whole process.

 

Marking cut lines on tile

Marking cut lines on tile

After you have drawn all the marks on the ceramic tile, you have to use a level or an l-square to draw the cut lines. Consequently, make sure the line is drawn properly, otherwise the tile won’t fit in the location.

Smart tip: Use a marker or a pencil, but make sure they are not permanent, otherwise you won’t be able to wipe off the marks. In addition, the marks shouldn’t be too thick, otherwise it might me misleading when making the actual cuts with the wet saw.

Cut lines on tile

Cut lines on tile

 

After you have drawn the cut lines, it is better to hatch the area which will be cut out from the tile.

Remember that this operation is not necessary, but it should help you visualize better the area you have to cut out from the tile.

 

 

Cutting tile with a wet saw

Cutting tile with a wet saw

In order to make a complex cut, you have have to use a wet saw. Although these wet saws come at a high price, they make the most accurate cuts, so you could at least rent one for a day. Place the tile on the support and adjust the guidance fence, making sure the blade goes exactly over the cut line. Don’t force the tile, otherwise you might break it or get poor cut edges.

Smart tip: In order to make the cut around the door jamb, you should fill the water tank and cut along the cut lines.

 

How to install tile around door jamb

Cut tile for door jamb

Cut tile for door jamb

 

In this image you can see the cut tile, that we will install around the door jamb. Before fitting it into location, we recommend you to wash it thoroughly, as afterwards it will be hard to have access to it.

Before installing the tile around the door jamb, you should check it attentively, as to make sure it is not scratched or damaged.

 

Installing tile around door jamb

Installing tile around door jamb

Before installing the tile around the door jamb, you should mix tile adhesive and to spread it on the area, by using a notched float. Make sure you spread the thinset evenly on the whole surface, otherwise you will have to adjust the tile to be level with the rest of the floor.

Smart tip: Fit the tile inside the transition strip and around the door jamb and twist is lightly, to secure it properly in the thin-set. Make sure the tile is at the same level with the rest of the surface, by looking at the corner.

Installing tile spacers

Installing tile spacers

Last but not least, you have to install tile spacer, as to make sure you do the job in a professional manner. In addition, you will have to tap gently the tile with a mallet, as to make it level with the rest of the floor. Use a spirit level to ensure it is horizontal and aligned with the rest of the floor.

Smart tip: After about an hour you have to use a sponge and a bowl with clean water, to remove the adhesive off the tiles. After the thin-set has dried out, you have to grout the gaps between the tiles. .

 

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