How to Install Exterior Wall Tile

Written by lisa east hunter | 13/05/2017
How to Install Exterior Wall Tile
Exterior wall tile helps create outdoor living spaces. (Tiled wall image by Tatiana Belova from

Many homeowners wish for a bigger house. Adding square footage to your home can be complicated and very expensive. As a solution, more and more people are turning to the outside of their homes. Setting up outdoor areas with televisions, lounge chairs and rugs creates an outdoor living room that can add usable space to your home. To truly create an outdoor living space, decorate the outside of your home in the same way you would the inside. Tiling the exterior walls adds definition to a space.

Measure the space where the tile will be set. Create a rough draft of the tile by laying it out on the ground. Cut tile that will need to be trimmed. Make sure that you are pleased with the layout.

Apply thin-set mortar to the wall with a notched trowel. Apply mortar to a six-foot by six-foot section of the wall at a time.

Place the first row of tiles in the mortar. The bottom row of tiles will support the subsequent rows. Set shims against the floor and the tile to prevent the tiles from slipping. Check the first row with a level and adjust the tile to level if necessary.

Repeat the process for the next row of tiles. Continue until you have placed all of the tiles.

Run tape across the front of the tiles to a non-tiled portion of the wall. This will keep the tile from slipping. Allow the mortar to dry overnight.

Peel the tape off and discard. Grout the tiles by spreading the grout with a grout float. Epoxy grout is best for outdoor applications because it resists mildew. Run the grout float across the tiles to work the grout into the spaces.

Wipe grout residue from the front of the tiles with a wet sponge. Rinse the sponge often and continue cleaning the tiles until all of the residue is removed. Allow the grout to dry overnight.

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Chalk
  • Non-sag thinset mortar
  • Trowel
  • Concrete tiles
  • Spacers
  • Tile cutter
  • Screwdriver
  • Grout
  • Grout float
  • Sponge

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