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www.alfrescotiles.co.ukinfo@alfrescotiles.co.uk | Al Fresco Premium Porcelain | Indoor & Outdoor | Leeds

Installation Advice

With the right materials and preparation, you can easily install your own Al Fresco tiles. Follow these simple steps to create your own seamless indoor & outdoor space!

How to cut outdoor porcelain tiles

​Our outdoor 20mm tiles are super strong and cannot be cut using traditional hand tools. Here’s a quick guide on how to cut your tiles to size.

  1. In order to minimise breakage and spoiled cuts, we recommend using a water fed cutter with a diamond blade. This will also help to minimise dust.

  2. Measure and mark a line where you would like to cut the tile.

  3. Cut from the top surface with the blade running at half-revs. Bring the blade into contact with the tile.

  4. As the blade bites the tile, increase the revs if necessary and progress along the marked line.

  5. Ensure the blade is water fed throughout and remains evenly balanced.

How to lay single tiles

 Create pathways and patterns by loose laying Al Fresco tiles on to grass or gravel.

  1. Place the tiles on the ground in the desired pattern. Measure around the tile and mark the area with posts and string.

  2. Remove the tile from the ground and dig down 150mm.

  3. Compact the bottom and walls of the well and line with a water proof membrane.

  4. Fill the well with gravel until it is 20mm from the top. This will allow for drainage.

  5. Ensure the gravel is sturdy and level then place your tile on top. 

How to lay a patio

Al Fresco tiles are a great alternative to traditional stone, paving or decking. See our easy guide below for how to install a

traditional patio.

  1. Mark out the area with posts and string.

  2. Measure the length and width and multiply these values together to calculate the square meterage and how

    many tiles you will need.

  3. Dig down 150-200mm to allow for foundations. The ground should have a slight slope to allow for drainage. Fill with hardcore (gravel and crushed hard rock) to a depth of 100-150mm and use a rake to distribute the mixture. Compress the hardcore using a whacker power plate, building up in layers.

  4. Add a layer of mortar on top of the compressed hardcore. We recommend 4 parts sand to 1 part cement.

  5. Apply a layer of priming slurry on top of the mortar.

  6. Coat the underside of the first tile with priming slurry.

  7. Place the tile into position using a corner as a starting point, eg. next to a wall or house

  8. Press into place and use a rubber mallet to secure and adjust the level.

  9. Continue to lay tiles in this way leaving a 2-3mm joint gap. Use a bucket and sponge to clean up any mortar or slurry as you go.

  10. Once complete, leave to dry for at least 24 hours. If wet weather is forecast, cover the area with a plastic sheet.

  11. If you wish to infill any joint gaps, use the same mix of mortar as before and use a brush to mix over the joints, gradually and evenly filling them all in.

  12. Once the joints are filled, use a pointing trowel to firm the mortar into place. Add more mortar mix if needed to create a clean and level area.

  13. Alternatively, instead of mortar mix you can use kiln-dried sand. Spread the mix on the area and brush it into the joints. You may need to repeat this process a few days later once the sand has settled.

How to create a raised patio with pedestals

Small Pedestal

Medium Pedestal

Large Pedestal

Front Support

Edge Disc

Pedestals are a great way to create a patio without the need for lots of equipment. They also allow for drainage

and you can hide cables and equipment underneath. As the tiles are not attached with adhesive, you can easily move them around if you change your mind. The pedestal system can be laid over any solid surface such as patios, concrete or balconies - If you don’t already have a solid surface, you’ll need to create one.

  1. Use a corner as a starting point, eg. next to a wall or house, and place the first pedestal. Place three more pedestals in a grid layout at the same distance to the corners of your tile.

  2. Use the edge disc near walls and edges so that the tile sits on top of the whole pedestal surface and flush to the wall.

  3. Place the tile on top of the pedestals ensuring that the corners sit flush into the tabs where applicable.

  4. For larger tiles, we recommend placing an additional pedestal without tabs in the centre of the tile for extra support.

  5. Twist the pedestals to increase or decrease the height to create a level surface.

  6. Continue to lay pedestals in a grid shape and adjusting the levels as you place each tile.

  7. If you are not laying your tiles in a stack bond pattern, place pedestals at even intervals, removing any tabs that are not needed.

  8. If an area is slightly sloped, the pedestals will self-level. The angle is based on the gradient of the slope. You can adjust the level in the same way as before by twisting to increase or decrease the height.

  9. Use the edge disc and the front support pieces together to hide any exposed edges of the patio area and to create a clean step front. Attach the edge disc and align the pedestal with the edge of the last tile.

  10. Measure from the ground to the top of the pedestal fixing. Cut your tile to the correct height using the instructions above and place into the front support piece to create a clean step front.

How to cut indoor porcelain tiles

Indoor spaces often pose many more obstacles than outdoor spaces. Here’s a quick guide on how to cut indoor tiles to different shapes and sizes.

  1. Measure where the tile needs to be cut

  2. If you have a manual tile cutter, place the tile in the cutter and square up to the plate.

  3. Press down hard on the cutter and push forwards to score a line.

  4. Some cutters will automatically snap the tile as you push down to score it. If your cutter doesn’t, apply pressure to both sides of the tile to snap it into two pieces.

  5. Use a file to smooth the edges if needed.

  6. If you need to cut a curve or a shape, use tile nippers to nibble the tile away until you achieve the desired shape.

  7. You can also use an electric cutter in a similar technique as described for our outdoor Al Fresco tiles.

How to fit tiles indoors

Al Fresco 10mm tiles are ideal for indoor floors and walls. Here’s our easy guide to creating your own unique space.

  1. Plan your layout and the starting point of the first tile. We recommend tiling from the centre of the floor or wall for an even finish.

  2. Plan ahead to ensure you can easily exit the room once finished. As you fix your tiles, you should avoid knocking or stepping on them.

  3. Mix the tile adhesive as per the manufacturer’s instructions and begin to spread it evenly on the floor or wall around 1 square metre at a time. Use a notched trowel at a 45° angle ensuring the notches face the same direction.

  4. Apply a thin layer of adhesive to the back of the tile then place onto the wall or floor adhesive – press and twist to secure. Use a spirit level to check it is straight and flat.

  5. Continue to repeat steps 3 & 4. Space the tiles 2-3mm apart using tile spacers.

  6. Clean any mess on the tiles and joints as you work using a sponge and clean water.

  7. Allow the tiles to fully set – check the advice on the adhesive bag for setting times.

  8. Mix water and grout powder in a bucket as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

  9. Hold a grout float at a 45° angle and apply the grout to all joints ensuring they are filled.

  10. Allow the grout to dry for 10-15 minutes then wipe the tile surface with a damp sponge.

  11. Leave the tiles for a further 60 minutes to allow the grout to harden. Us a grout profiler at a 45° angle and drag it along the joints to smooth the surface and remove any excess.

  12. Use a clean cloth and polish the tiles until they are completely clean.