How to Use a Tile Leveling System

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how to use tile leveling system

Whether you’re an experienced DIY enthusiast or a professional contractor, using a tile leveling system is crucial for achieving perfect tile installation. In this article, we will guide you step by step on how to use a tile leveling system.

While each tile leveling system may have its own specific usage, the basic principles are the same, with variations in the mechanisms of the components. Therefore, it’s important to carefully read all the instructions provided by the supplier before using a tile leveling system to avoid any difficulties during the construction process.

How do tile leveling systems work?

The working principle of a tile leveling system is to adjust and secure the position of tiles using clips and wedges, ensuring that the laid tiles are in the same plane and have uniform gaps.

This leveling system works by placing clips underneath the edges of the tiles and then using wedges in conjunction with the clips to push for fine adjustments between tiles, achieving the desired levelness and alignment. This significantly improves the speed and quality of tile installation, avoiding aesthetic issues caused by uneven tile heights and inconsistent gaps.

Should I Use a Tile Leveling System?

Whether to use a tile leveling system depends on several factors, such as the type and size of the tiles, the layout of the installation, the condition of the substrate, etc. For large-format tiles, irregular or natural stone tiles, staggered layouts, uneven substrates, high-traffic areas, and situations requiring ultra-thin grout lines, it is recommended to use a leveling system.

The leveling system ensures the quality and durability of tile installation by keeping the tile surface flat, preventing unevenness along tile edges, and compensating for irregularities in the substrate. However, for small-sized tiles or mosaics, if the installer is skilled and the substrate is sufficiently flat, the use of a leveling system may not be necessary.

How To Use Tile Leveling System?

1. Installing Tiles

Installing tiles

First, apply tile adhesive to the floor or wall using a notched trowel, ensuring that the notches are all facing the same direction. Then, place the first tile into the adhesive, making sure to press it firmly to ensure good adhesion.

2. Installation of Leveling Clip

Installation of Leveling Clip

After laying the first tile, you’ll need to insert the bottom of the leveling base underneath the edge of the tile. Generally, two bases are needed for each side of the tile. 

For smaller tiles, you can use one base in the middle of each side of the tile. This ensures that all corners of the tile are aligned with adjacent tiles.

Important Note: If you need to use tile spacers, please place them at the corners where each tile intersects.

3. Leveling and Fixing

Leveling and Fixing

Place the next tile near the first tile, then slide the wedge into the clip until it tightens. If necessary, use a leveling pliers to apply appropriate pressure to ensure the two tiles are aligned.

If you are using the Spin tile leveling system, simply rotate the cap into the threaded clip until the tiles are leveled.

Before continuing to lay more tiles, check if the installed tiles are level. If needed, adjust the pressure of the wedge/cap to fine-tune the position of the tiles.

4. Remove Wedges/Caps and Clips