Expert Tips for Installing Engraved Tiles with Elegance

tips to install engraved tiles professionally


Apr 16

Expert Tips for Installing Engraved Tiles with Elegance

By Patrick Calman

How to Install Custom Engraved Tiles?

Although a professional tile installation is recommended for your engraved tile fundraising project, many organizations decide to do a DIY engraved tile installation. If you will be installing your custom engraved tiles yourself, it is a good idea to consult with your local home improvement store tile expert to receive the necessary guidance to achieve a professional-looking installation. Engraved tiles are typically pretty easy to work with, and you can find some interesting patterns to add some dimension and style to your fundraiser projects.

We recommend in addition to following the directions for installing tiles that special care should be taken to protect your personalized engraved tiles during installation.

Maintain Right Temperature Based on Tile Manufacturer’s Instructions

The best temperature to install tiles is between 50 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, although the manufacturer’s instructions may vary due to the chemical makeup and additives used by different brands of mastic, thin-set, mortar and grout.

Choose the Right Materials for Your Memorial Tile Installation

Depending on where you will be installing your engraved ceramic tiles or engraved granite tiles, you will want to use either mastic or thin-set

Prepare Tiles Surface for Clean Installations

You always want to start with a clean, dry surface. Make sure that the surface is also level so the tiles can line up properly once installed.

Use Masking Tape to Get Beautiful Finish in Your Tile Installations

To avoid getting mortar and grout into the engraving on your engraved ceramic tiles and engraved granite tiles, use a few layers of masking tape to cover the engraved area. This will prevent the adhesive or grout from getting into the engraved portion of the tile.

Learn the Art and Science of Installing Etched Tiles

Follow directions as usual for a tile installation. There are many helpful sites online such as DIY Network and WikiHow. These resources are free and packed with great, useful tips.

Avoid Acid Washes on Engravings to Save its Natural Color

After the tiles have been set, you can remove the masking tape and begin cleaning up. You should avoid using acid washes on the engraving, as this may strip the color from the engraved portion of your tiles.

Regular Maintenance Keeps All Your Engraved Products Shine Forever

Just like engraved bricks, tiles need to undergo regular maintenance and cleaning to look their best. Cleaning the tiles is very easy, they can be cleaned with a sponge and soap with warm water and no acidic cleaning solutions. You may also want to seal your tiles from time to time with a porcelain or granite tile sealer. Always follow the product directions and recommendations. You can get more details on cleaning and maintaining your laser engraved tiles at Polar University, in the fundraising tool kit.

Author: Patrick Calman

patrick calman

CEO of Polar Engraving, a family-owned business, founded in 1998, specializing in successful fundraising brick campaigns and Veterans Memorials.

The Only Brick engraving company in the USA, OFFICIALLY LICENSED, by the US Military to engrave all military emblems.

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