You have purchased the most beautiful floor tiles and are ready to begin construction on the floor of your dreams. Take a deep breath and count to 10. It is just as vital to have the floor tiles placed properly as it is to choose the perfect tile since a sloppy job might detract from the beauty of your really costly tiles. Premium-quality tiles, along with proper application procedures and high-quality craftsmanship, result in flooring that is built to endure. It is critical to choose a reputable tile contractor to guarantee that the installation is completed easily and expertly. Here are some suggestions for things to keep an eye out for.
Look at the tiles.
Before beginning the tile installation process, thoroughly inspect the floor tiles for any signs of breakage, discoloration, or hue variation. Replace the damaged tiles as soon as possible. Make certain that the contractor handles the tiles with care in order to prevent any type of harm to the surface.
It is important to note that there is a waste when cutting floor tiles for the perimeter of the floor during the tile installation process. It is possible that there is not enough room for a complete tile, in which case the tiles must be chopped to fit. It is essential to order at least 10% more tiles than necessary to account for this waste.
Additionally, when the flooring has been installed, have one or two boxes of extra tiles on hand in case there is any damage in the future. This way, if there is any damage, you will have the precise tiles for repair.
Make certain that the surface is properly prepared.
- Have the floor fixed and leveled in order to produce a flat surface for adhering the tiles.
- Make certain that the surface is clean, dry, and dust-free before beginning the installation. There should be no loose debris (such as hardened cement grains) in the immediate vicinity.
- In order to install the skirting floor tiles, the walls should be chipped up to a height of 4-6 inches (or more, depending on the situation) above the floor.
Select a design for the floor pattern.
- If you want to mix and match two or three different kinds of floor tiles, as seen in this figure, it is critical to arrange your tiling scheme on paper beforehand. It is important to have the tiling contractor arrange the placement of these tiles ahead of time in order to prevent problems during the final tile installation.
- Make certain that the contractor installs the tiles in such a manner that the least number of floor tiles is cut and wasted when putting tiles of a consistent pattern – for example, while installing the same kind of vitrified tiles throughout the residence.
- If you want to mix and match two or three different kinds of tiles, as seen in this figure, it is critical to arrange your tiling scheme on paper beforehand. It is important to have the tiling contractor arrange the placement of these floor tiles ahead of time in order to prevent problems during the final tile installation.
Inspect the tile installation procedure
- Check to see that the floor tiles have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes before installing them. If glue is placed directly to dry tile, the tile may absorb all of the moisture contained in the adhesive, resulting in poor tile adhesion and adhesion failure.
- Verify that the contractor only combines a little amount of glue with water, just as much as will be needed within 30 minutes, in order to minimize loss of materials.
- A gap of 1-2 millimetres between the tiles should be maintained for grouting, or spacers between the tiles should be used to ensure that each tile has an equal spacing between it.
- Make certain that the skirting is installed immediately after the floor tiles have been installed in order to be able to cover any gaps that may exist between the floor tiles and the wall.
Allow for sufficient setting time.
- The grout should only be applied by the contractor after the tile adhesive has been allowed to cure for at least 24 hours.
- Also, during the first 24 hours, no one should be allowed to walk on the newly installed floor tiles.
Finish the grouting process.
Before the grout is applied by the contractor, be sure that the color of the grout matches the color of the tile being used. Visit http://sydneypropertyinvestors.com/four-uncommon-lessons-about-floor-tiles/ to read about Four Uncommon Lessons about Floor Tiles.
Wipe down the tiles.
If any haze or residue is left behind by the grout after it has dried, ensure that the contractor cleans the floor tiles with a damp cloth or a sponge soaked in a diluted soap solution or water after the grout has dried.
It is important to note that the contractor should avoid using any kind of acid cleansers or strong soap-based cleaners since they may spoil the floor tiles.
Last but not least, inspect the tile installation.
This may be determined by tapping the tiles – a hollow sound indicates that the tile has come loose from the foundation floor or tile adhesive, and vice versa. If you discover any such flaw, notify the contractor and request that the tiles be replaced as soon as possible.
Floor tiles vs. wall tiles: Which is better?
Floor tiles must be durable enough to withstand walking on them as well as the odd dropped object. Did you know that the strength of a tile can be measured? It’s referred to as a PEI rating.
A PEI of 1 is optimal for use on walls. Bathrooms and kitchens benefit the most at a PEI of 2. Furthermore, a PEI of 3 is suitable for all residential applications. For commercial and heavy commercial applications, PEIs 4 and 5 are appropriate. When looking for tiles, it is possible that they will not have the PEI rating shown, but there should be a note indicating whether or not they are suitable for use on floors and walls. If you don’t see a note, ask a salesperson or contact the manufacturer to confirm the information.
Is it possible to use marble and natural stone tiles as flooring?
Oh, the splendor of genuine marble! Even though marble is one of my favorite materials, would it be a decent option for your floor? This is dependent on a number of things. The first of them is the usage of the space. Marble and stone materials that are quickly worn or stained should not be used in a kitchen or other area that receives a lot of traffic and has the potential for spillage. You may, of course, seal your tiles, but the care will be much more than with porcelain or ceramic tile. However, if you are comfortable with your floors displaying signs of natural wear and patina, go ahead and do it.