How To Install E&S Reclaimed Wood Wall Tiles

Installing reclaimed and recycled wood tile has never been easier than with Everitt & Schilling’s industry leading wall tile products.  On this page you will find a step by step installation guide to walk you through the process and cover all the techniques, tools, and materials that you’ll need for a successful installation.  The secret is in our patented backer system, which allows our tiles to be installed using construction adhesive or latex modified thinset for most applications in lieu of mechanical fastening.  So whether you’re an experienced tile setter, millworker or a handy DIY minded homeowner, with the knowledge on this page we’re confident that a beautiful installation is in your future.

For a quick intro and visual representation of what installing wood tiles on walls is all about, our installation video below is a great resource, and if you run into any questions as you’re getting started or along the way, please don’t hesitate to Get Installation Assistance from a Team Member.

The Only Tools You’ll Need

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Tape Measure

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Pencil

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Level

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Chop Saw

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Utility Knife

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Construction Adhesive

Suitable Substrates

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OSB Board

thumbnail showing the corner of three sheets of dry wall

Dry Wall

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Fiber Cement Board

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Concrete Block Wall

Fleur Inspried Wall Tile in light blue and white

Pre-existing Wall Tile

How to install reclaimed wood on a wall.

Installing reclaimed and recycled wood tile has never been easier than with Everitt & Schilling’s industry leading wall tile products.  On this page you will find a step by step installation guide to walk you through the process and cover all the techniques, tools, and materials that you’ll need for a successful installation.  The secret is in our patented backer system, which allows our tiles to be installed using construction adhesive or latex modified thinset for most applications in lieu of mechanical fastening.  So whether you’re an experienced tile setter, millworker or a handy DIY minded homeowner, with the knowledge on this page we’re confident that a beautiful installation is in your future.

For a quick intro and visual representation of what installing wood tiles on walls is all about, our installation video below is a great resource, and if you run into any questions as you’re getting started or along the way, please don’t hesitate to Get Installation Assistance from a Team Member.

The Only Tools You’ll Need

thumbnail image of a tape measure

Tape Measure

thumbnail image of a pencil

Pencil

thumbnail image of a level

Level

thumbnail image of a chop saw

Chop Saw

thumbnail image of a utility knife box cutters

Utility Knife

thumbnail image of a caulk gun

Tube Gun

thumbnail image of two tubes of polyurethane construction adhesive

Construction Adhesive

Suitable Substrates

thumbnail showing the corner of three sheets of plywood and osb

OSB Board

thumbnail showing the corner of three sheets of dry wall

Dry Wall

thumbnail showing the corner of several sheets of fiber cement board

Fiber Cement Board

thumbnail showing a small installation of 4 rows of concrete block cmu

Concrete Block

Fleur Inspried Wall Tile in light blue and white

Fleur Inspried Wall Tile

Step-by-Step Video Guide

Below you will find an installation video showing how to install E&S Step by Step.

STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO GUIDE

Below you will find an installation video showing how to install E&S Step by Step.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTALLATION DETAILS   Downloadable/Printable Installation Instructions (here)

Acclimation 

Open all E&S Tile boxes and let rest on the jobsite, in the same conditions in which they are to be installed, for atleast 72 hours prior to installation.  This is an important step not be skipped with any natural wood product as it allows the wood to adjust to the humidity and temperature conditions of the jobsite.

Ensure you have the right tools for the job
  1.  Chop Saw will be used for short cuts
  2.  Table or Circular Saws can be used for long cuts (only if applicable)
  3.  Level will be required to ensure a level installation
  4.  Two Adhesive Options are available
    •  Construction Adhesive (Fast Method)
    •  Premium Thinset Adhesive (Tile Method). If this method, add v-notched trowel &  sponge to materials list.
  5.  Tape Measure 
  6.  Utility Knife
  7.  Marking Pencil
 Getting Started
  1.  Be sure to allow a 3/16″ expansion joint around the entire installation on all sides.  This gives the product room to move with seasons and different climactic conditions.
  2.  Take a clean level line off of the floor – some floors are not exactly square or level, so you will want to make sure what you are setting on the wall is straight.
Construction Adhesive Method

Using a caulk gun, run a minimum 1/4″ inch wide bead of adhesive along the back of each panel.  “Connect the dots” by covering each one of the perforations in the backer to ensure that each individual piece of tile within the panel will be directly adhered to the wall.

Thinset Method

Mix the thinset to the manufacturer’s recommendation, spread and notch an amount on the wall that can be set in about 15 minutes as to not let the thinset harden up before the tile gets installed.  Lightly back butter each individual sheet with thinset before applying to the wall.

Setting Technique and Details
  1.  Start at the bottom on your level line and work up and out.  Place each sheet directly next to and on top of adjoining sheets.  Stagger set interlocking patterns from course to course.
  2.  Depending on the pattern, you can alternate wood grain from one sheet to the next or stagger where each row starts.  Refer to our Full Installation Guide for specific instruction details by pattern.
  3.  Check throughout the installation process to make sure you are staying level and leave all cuts to the end.  Wipe away adhesive or thinset that gets on the tiles quickly with a wet sponge.
  4.  Cut tiles with a chop or table saw and re-finish exposed edges in the Barnwood and Hardwood Series with the provided touch up kit.
 Outside Corners

Outside corners can be handled in a number of different ways:

  1. Use E&S Pre-Mitered Corner Units available in the Barnwood and Rawhide Series only.
  2. Tiles can be mitered with a chop or table saw to form an outside corner.  Apply wood glue to the mitered joint and allow to dry before installing on the corner to ensure a tight bond.
  3. A manufactured trim piece, such as Schluter Strip or similar, can be used.
  4. Series with finished edges can be overlapped to form the corner.

Please call if you have any questions on outside corners for your specific project.

Other Considerations when Installing E&S Tile
  1. If the tile is to be installed on a ceiling we recommend the construction adhesive method and mechanically fastening each individual piece with a 1.5″ pin nail.
  2. If you are going to hang shelves, artwork or pictures on the completed wall, you must completely anchor them to the wall substrate and / or studs.  Drill completely through the wall tiles into the wall substrate / stud to ensure it is securely anchored.
  3. Do not install in areas near open flames and follow all local building codes when installing near fireplaces and cooktops.
  4. Do not install in areas with heavy water or moisture exposure.
  5. Use only in interior climate controlled areas.
Things That Are Normal & To Be Expected
  1. Some tiles will appear to be cracked.  The wood is old, weathered, and authentic barn wood, so this is normal.  Once the installation is complete, these pieces will be anchored to the wall and will not have any negative effects to the overall look.
  2. Color variation in certain series is expected.  Depending on where the wood was sourced, the color can range from orange to black and everything in between.  This is normal and adds beauty to the wall.  Samples can and should be requested / ordered to get a feel for the current batch of wood.
  3. Tiles may come loose over time.  We recommend using finish nails or a small amount of construction adhesive to secure a loose tile.
Maintenance
  1. For spot cleaning we recommend using a damp cloth with mild soap.  Do not use abrasive cleaners that might damage the finish.
  2. Dust is best removed using a vacuum cleaner with brush attachment or a microfiber duster.
  3. Loose tiles are best replaced using construction adhesive or a finish nail.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTALLATION DETAILS   Downloadable/Printable Installation Instructions (here)

Acclimation 

Open all E&S Tile boxes and let rest on the jobsite, in the same conditions in which they are to be installed, for atleast 72 hours prior to installation.  This is an important step not be skipped with any natural wood product as it allows the wood to adjust to the humidity and temperature conditions of the jobsite.

Ensure you have the right tools for the job
  1.  Chop Saw will be used for short cuts
  2.  Table or Circular Saws can be used for long cuts (only if applicable)
  3.  Level will be required to ensure a level installation
  4.  Two Adhesive Options are available
    •  Construction Adhesive (Fast Method)
    •  Premium Thinset Adhesive (Tile Method). If this method, add v-notched trowel &  sponge to materials list.
  5.  Tape Measure 
  6.  Utility Knife
  7.  Marking Pencil
 Getting Started
  1.  Be sure to allow a 3/16″ expansion joint around the entire installation on all sides.  This gives the production room to move with seasons and different climactic conditions.
  2.  Take a clean level line off of the floor – some floors are not exactly square or level, so you willwant to make sure what you are setting on the wall is straight.
Construction Adhesive Method

Using a caulk gun, run a minimum 1/4″ inch wide bead of adhesive along the back of each panel.  “Connect the dots” by covering each one of the perforations in the backer to ensure that each individual piece of tile within the panel will be directly adhered to the wall.

Thinset Method

Mix the thinset to the manufacturer’s recommendation, spread and notch an amount on the wall that can be set in about 15 minutes as to not let the thinset harden up before the tile gets installed.  Lightly back butter each individual sheet with thinset before applying  to the wall.

Setting Technique and Details
  1.  Start at the bottom on your level line and work up and out.  Place each sheet directly next to and on top of adjoining sheets.  Stagger set interlocking patterns from course to course.
  2.  Depending on the pattern, you can alternate wood grain from one sheet to the next or stagger where each row starts.  Refer to our Full Installation Guide for specific instruction details by pattern.
  3.  Check throughout the installation process to make sure you are staying level and leave all cuts to the end.  Wipe away adhesive or thinset that gets on the tiles quickly with a wet sponge.
  4.  Cut tiles with a chop or table saw and re-finish exposed edges in the Barnwood and Hardwood Series with the provided touch up kit.
 Outside Corners

Outside corners can be handled in a number of different ways:

  1. Use E&S Pre-Mitered Corner Units available in the Barnwood and Rawhide Series only.
  2. Tiles can be mitered with a chop or table saw to form an outside corner.  Apply wood glue to the mitered joint and allow to dry before installing on the corner to ensure a tight bond.
  3. A manufactured trim pieces, such as Schluter Strip or similar, can be used.
  4. Series with finishes edges can be overlapped to form the corner.

Please call if you have any questions on outside corners for your specific project.

Other Considerations when Installing E&S Tile
  1. If the tile is to be installed on a ceiling we recommend the construction adhesive method and mechanically fastening each individual piece with a 1.5″ pin nail.
  2. If you are going to hang shelves, artwork or pictures on the completed wall, you must completely anchor them to the wall substrate and / or studs.  Drill completely through the wall tiles into the wall substrate / stud to ensure it is securely anchored.
  3. Do not install in areas near open flames and follow all local building codes when installating near fireplaces and cooktops.
  4. Do not install in areas with heavy water or moisture exposure.
  5. Use only in interior climate controlled areas.
Things That Are Normal & To Be Expected
  1. Some tiles will appear to be cracked.  The wood is old, weathered, and authentic barn wood, so this is normal.  Once the installation is complete, these pieces will be anchored to the wall and will not have any negative effects to the overall look.
  2. Color variation in certain series is expected.  Depending on where the wood was sourced, the color can range from orange to black and everything in between.  This is normal and adds beauty to the wall.  Samples can and should be requested / ordered to get a feel for the current batch of wood.
  3. Tiles may coome loose over time.  We recommend using finish nails or a small amount of construction adhesive to secure a loose tile.
Maintenance
  1. For spot cleaning we recommend using a damp cloth with mild soap.  Do not use abrasive cleaners that might damage the finish.
  2. Dust is best removed using a vacuum cleaner with brush attachment or a microfiber duster.
  3. Loose tiles are best replaced using construction adhesive or a finish nail.

For Project Specific Installation Info Contact Us