Another part of the entry project is replacing the old broken tile. The old floor showed signs of excessive flexing as tiles would regularly work loose and have to be returned to their place with more adhesive. Also the aluminum threshold of the door had failed and water had worked under the tile and had rotted the sub-floor which had to be replaced in the door area. Another source of flexing was the particle board used under the slate. This was removed and I used 1/2 inch concrete board to help stiffen the floor.
This gallery includes before and after shots while the one below shows just the slate installation.
Plastic crosses used to help align tiles.
All the uncut slate tiles first.
Then the cut tiles added.
All tiles in place.
More cutting required for around the stairs.
Tiles cleaned and ready for sealer
Slate sealed to prevent grout from sticking.
The grout leaves quite a film on the slate.
Removing grout film.
Still wet, the slate looks really clean…
Grout film polished off.
The joint filled with mortar color caulk for flexibility.
The final treatment of the floor was more sealer to treat both slate and grout.
Mitered, coped corner.
This extension added a finish look and covered a gap at the threshold.
Another kind of inside corner.
This was a way to end the 1/4 round at the stairs.