Last updated on: February 7th, 2020
If your home has an unfinished basement, you may be looking to renovate to turn it into space for you to entertain, relax, or house guests. Unfortunately, finishing an unfinished basement that’s covered in concrete on the floors and walls can seem pretty daunting.
Drywall is difficult to install and laying carpet may not be in your design plan.
So, what can you do?
The solution is pretty easy: use large format tile.
Installing large format tile gives you plenty design opportunities when finishing your basement—or any other concrete-based application—that drywall or plaster just can’t provide. The biggest advantage is that it’s harder to damage tile wall than it is plaster or drywall, and it’s incredibly easy to clean and maintain.
Here are some tips and tricks for when you decide to tile your unfinished basement walls or floors:
The modern trend is leaning toward tiling the concrete substrate of a basement floor in a one-third offset design or a hopscotch pattern (also known as a pinwheel pattern). Using a dark, large format tile on the floor, then a light-colored stone veneer wall tile will create a sleek and modern design in your basement.
When picking a design for the wall—to better match the sleek look of the floor—choose a light color that has variation across the tiles for a contrast between the floor and the wall. Some people will even opt for an accent tile wall of stone veneer then drywall or plaster throughout the rest of the basement.
Application & Installation
When you decide the design, shape, and size of the tile, it’s time to start installing the tile on the concrete substrate. When deciding on an adhesive to use to bond your tiles to the concrete walls, an epoxy adhesive is the best choice for application in both time and reliability.
For example, the Latapoxy 310 Epoxy Adhesive—like most epoxy adhesives—not only creates a high-strength bond between the concrete and the tile, but it also allows for adjustment of spacing between the tile and the wall to account for variations in both. You can pull or push on the corners of the tile to make adjustments, just make sure that you use a level to ensure that the tiles are plumb.
It’s recommended to check the diameter of the adhesive when you apply the first tile to the wall to ensure that you are using the correct amount. Once you have the right amount of epoxy adhesive applied to the tile, you have a standard that you can use to finish tiling the rest of the concrete substrate.
It’s important to note that before applying the tile to the concrete walls, the substrate and the tiles must be properly cleaned and dried to ensure the proper high-strength bond that you need for a clean and effective tile installation. For the Latapoxy 310 Epoxy Adhesive specifically, once it is set, it is permanent and will not deteriorate or break down and is designed for the vertical application.