TIPS FOR TILE FLOOR INSTALLATION
A fresh new floor is one of the most effective ways to refresh your home space especially the bathroom. Laying the tile on the new floor allows you to have the best chance to remodel your bathroom while factoring in new aspects like floor heating. It can be a DIY project or you get the right professional to do it for you. To make this important decision you will need to have an idea of the whole process and decide the best way to move forward. Here are some tips on laying new tiles to start you off.
WHAT THE PROJECT INVOLVES
The whole process largely involves four steps. You will need to strip the floor until the substrate layer, install an underlayment, set up the tile to the floor and grout it. You may also have to use a sealer to protect the material from being damaged and staining as well as proofing it against water.
If you can lift a 50 pounds load of the material, put up with the dirt around, and patiently follow the laying instructions then you can undertake this task. You may also need to have good skills in plumbing and wiring. Some installation like floor heating systems come with guiding manuals but still require a good hand and sound knowledge with electrical installations. At the very least, get a professional to give you guidance. You may find it a rewarding experience.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
The patterns you want to use when laying the tiles are very important. Simple patterns like running tiles or linear ones do not demand a lot of effort. On the other hand if you are going for creative designs say angles and curves or mixing different patterns, it may require a lot of skill. You need to be dexterous and pay attention to a number of factors if you are going to be satisfied with the results. Irregular grout lines and off-kilter not only disappoint you but also bring down the functional and aesthetic value of the installation.
Another thing you have to consider is the condition of the substrate floor. The floors you are going to lay the tiles on have to be level and in great condition. Issues like spider web cracks need to be sorted out and the sub floor made level, cleaned and well prepped for installation.
The nature of the tile is also important. In this regard, you have to consider tile size, natural or artificial tiles and the options they provide. Larger tiles pose bigger challenges when it comes to achieving a levelled look and tighter grout lines. They are more likely to cause imperfections than the smaller ones. Natural tiles like glass and marble will cost more for installation largely because they have to be cleaned and sealed before they are laid.
In terms of wearing out, porcelain tiles can last longer even in places of high traffic. On the other hand, limestone is more delicate and wears out easily so use it in light traffic areas. The nature of the tiles also determines the efficiency of underfloor heating. Pick tiles that will offer your warm floors with no extra effort or cost.