Residential tile flooring installation is a fun, challenging, and rewarding undertaking. It does, however, require some skill, preparation, and know-how. Here are some tips for installing your floor in the most efficient manner possible:
- Substrate A slab base is used for tile floor installation because it makes the installation process much easier. This type of base can be found in various forms, shapes, and sizes, which are designed to meet different requirements of flooring installation. The most common type of subsoil for tile installation is Portland cement, which is available at home-improvement stores and can also be purchased online. Mud-set or mud-bed are terms generally used for a 3-inch Portland cement and masonry sand sub-base for porcelain, ceramic & natural stone tile flooring installation. Mud-setting is used when the sub-base is wet to allow easier movement of grout lines and for easier clean-up afterwards.
- Grout Lines should be planned prior to laying the tile. If the grout lines are not properly planned, they may cause problems when laying the tile on top of them and may not be able to be laid flatly. When planning grout lines, use a pencil to mark out the places where the grout lines will connect. Then make sure that grout lines reach directly from where you will be laying your tile.
- Wording Tile flooring installation instructions should be precise because there is no room to make mistakes, as the tiles are laid onto the grout lines. Mistakes can cause unsightly gaps between the tiles. Using precise words and terminology are essential for accurate tile installation. For example, “begin with the border first”, “start at the wall point”make sure to leave the middle of the border intact” are some basic tile installation words and terminology to keep in mind.
- Floor Tile If your plan calls for a specific tile, be sure that the floor is able to support the tile before laying the first tile. A floor that will not support tiles is not a suitable floor for tile installation. When using a plan for floor tile installation, it is important to follow the same steps above for each tile individually. This ensures a well-built floor, which will be easy to clean and maintain.
It is important to take your time when installing a floor tile. Laying tile is a laborious task and you want the floor to look perfect the first time and it is best to leave a couple of days between laying and re-installation.
It is easy to learn the basic tile installation basics when working with the material yourself. However, if you decide to hire a tile installation company, you can still make the entire flooring project yourself. There are many DIY guides available online to help you get started, but you will need to be diligent and methodical in your planning and execution.