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Laying terrace tiles - explained step by step


In recent years, terrace coverings made of WPC and wood have been an absolute hit. 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 is finally here, life shifts outside. Where can you finally enjoy the warming sun and the wonderfully fresh air better than outdoors? A very popular place is the terrace, because it is almost an extension of the living space. If you plan and equip your terrace correctly, you can sit and relax comfortably here as in the living room.

Speaking of patio furnishings, what use are the most beautiful lounge furniture and plants when an unsightly patio floor negates the cozy ambience again? You should also have a reasonable surface on a terrace. While WPC decking boards and decking boards or tiles made of wood have been absolutely trendy in recent years, it is currently terrace tiles in a wide variety of designs that are conquering German gardens. No wonder, because terrace tiles (also called outdoor tiles) are not only visually a feast for the eyes, they are also very robust and easy to install. We'll show you how easy here.

Choose the right tiles

Before you start laying the tiles, you first have to choose the right tile for your terrace. There is one thing to keep in mind: the tiles must definitely

  • frost and weather resistant
  • stable in shape and color
  • sure-footed and non-slip
    (important information on Hornbach.de)

his. Corresponding tile series with such robust outdoor tiles are available from well-known manufacturers such as Ariostea, Agrob Buchtal and Emil Ceramica.

If you just want to get an idea of ​​these or of course other tiles yourself, you have the choice between the standard range of the local hardware store or you can have a look at a specialist dealer. Some of them now even operate online and send their goods across Germany or first sample tiles. These are then even sent in the original size so that you can get the best impression of the tile (tip: Fliesenrabatte.de).

Otherwise, it is only important that you adapt the tiles to the design or style of your garden. As always: Anything you like is allowed!

➤ A little tip: How many tiles you ultimately need for your terrace can be calculated as follows:

Tile area in m² + 5 percent waste + 5 percent reserve = required amount of tiles in m²

What you need to lay the tiles:

❍ Painter's crepe
❍ Sealing tape & terrace sealing (see e.g. products on Ceresit.de)
❍ tile adhesive
❍ tile mortar
❍ construction silicone
❍ Tile crosses
❍ Painter role
❍ pen
❍ notched trowel
❍ rubber wiper
❍ sponge board

Instructions for laying terrace tiles

➜ Step 1:

Before you lay the tiles, it is important that you first check the surface for damage. If you discover bumps, cracks or holes, it is important to repair them first.

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

2 Step 2:

So that the tiles do not lie crooked afterwards, 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 with masking tape.

3 Step 3:

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

4 Step 4:

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

5 Step 5:

Now lay the first row of tiles along the resulting line. To do this, take the tile, align it with the aid of tile crosses and then best place it in the tile adhesive with a slight twist. Then only press gently into the adhesive.

This is how you proceed with the next rows: pour tile adhesive, spread with a notched trowel and lay the tiles. When you are done, you have to let the glue dry (you can find the drying time on the packaging).

6 Step 6:

Once the tile adhesive has dried, you need to mix the tile mortar. Then pour onto the terrace tiles and rub diagonally over the joints with a rubber wiper until they are filled. It is best to then immediately wipe off excess tile mortar with a clean rubber wiper. Then let the mortar tighten a little (see manufacturer's instructions).

7 Step 7:

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

8 Step 8:

As such, you are already done with the actual work. The only thing you have to do now is to seal the connection and corner joints with construction silicone. It is best to tape the edges of the joint and then fill with the silicone. After about 10 minutes, peel off the excess silicone with a smoothing knife and remove the masking tape.