How to Install a Penny Tile Floor

posted on 22.06.2017 by Ted Vargas

Creating a penny tile floor has become more affordable and easier nowadays. Using pennies on the floor creates an unusual theme in the area. Besides, you are free to choose from a great variety of pennies such as shiny, bright, pennies with an old patina, new copper pennies, or an individually chosen combination to your tastes. You can apply pennies heads up or tails up or both at a time. As you can see, a penny floor design is purely dependent on your personal taste. The process of installing a penny tile floor requires much intensive work, however, it can be done on one's own. To complete this task successfully you'll need to follow the next instructions.

1 Door and base moldings have to be removed from the room.

2 It there're any damages on the subflooring they should be immediately repaired. High spots should be sanded down with medium-grit sandpaper. The masonry surfaces can be treated with a power drill on which a wire-brush bit is placed. Any holes or depressions have to be thoroughly filled in on the subfloor. Wooden floor requires joint compounds, while a concrete one - hydraulic cement.

3 The floor can be cleaned with a mild detergent to take off any oils and dirt. The floor should be finally rinsed well. Let it dry completely.

4 Squares of fiberglass mesh should be cut into the necessary size with a utility knife or shears. Sizes may range from 6x6 inch to 12x12 inch and depend on your choice mainly. The lines on the squares will be completely straight if you use a metal edge. Measure the area to determine the footage and cut enough squares for it.

5 Apply the adhesive on the fiberglass mesh squares, then put the pennies on them row by row in straight lines. Pennies should touch each other. Continue applying these items until they cover all the squares.

6 Measure the longer walls in the room and mark the floor at the ends. Create the line between both points with a chalk. Move toward the middle of the room at a distance the size of one square, take the measurements of the ends and write the line. Continue drawing lines until the floor is lined at intervals which are equal to the size of the squares.

7 Now the width of the room has to be measured at both sides. Leave marks on the floor and draw a line with a chalk. Move the distance of one mesh square, mark the floor and draw the line. Repeat the process until a pattern covers the floor.

8 Apply a epoxy-based clear adhesive on a square with the help of a paintbrush. Start from the center of your room. Put the penny tile where necessary and press it down to ensure it is adhered. Move in any direction and apply adhesive on the floor, place the tile and press as in the previous step. Continue the process until the floor is covered with penny tiles completely. Use shears or a utility knife to make cuts on the tiles as required around the pennies. Avoid cutting the pennies.

9 Let the adhesive dry for 4-6 hours.

10 Make a mixture of grout and water in a large trough or bucket. Apply it to the penny tiles and wipe excess with a damp soft sponge.

11 Let the grout set for 48-72 hours.

12 Make a mixture of a clear two-part epoxy sealer as describes in the manufacturer's instructions. Choose the sealer that is UV blocking. Pour it onto the floor 1 inch thick. Spread evenly the substance with a long-handled squeegee. Let the epoxy sealer set for 48-72 hours.

Creating a penny tile floor you're advised to consider a few tips and warnings. The room you're working in must be well-ventilated. And safety glasses and gloves should be worn when tiling a floor.


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