Installing tiles is a difficult job. It requires precision and most people would not rather learn how to do it in fear that they might make several mistakes during the learning process. However, tiling is actually easy if you know the basics and necessary steps in executing the installation process. You can actually save a lot of money in doing this on your own rather than hiring a professional to do it for you. As long as you stick with dos and don’ts of the tiling task, this activity might actually be rather entertaining than confusing for you.
Choosing which type of floor tile to use and which tiles is appropriate for your kitchen is the first step. There is actually a wide variation of designs and textures to choose from which can be overwhelming for some. Stick with a tile type and texture that will require less maintenance and is durable enough to handle falling pans and plates. Go for the ones that would be easy to clean up. Get a design and color that goes with the design of your window shutters, curtains and other accessories inside your kitchen.
Measuring and estimating materials
Measure the floor area that you will be installing the tiles to. Generally, it would be better to get tiles that go together with your fittings. This is advisable to avoid having to lift your tiles whenever you are about to move appliances in the future. Compute the number of tiles that your floor area will require. Decide on the optimal wall edge to place your cut tiles against as well.
You can now start installing tiles to your floors. Apply an even coverage of adhesive on your floor to avoid lumps and bumps. Rapid setting adhesives are used for concrete floors. Do not spend more than 30 minutes on your mixture because it dries up easily. Mix enough mixture that you can use for tiles that you can install within 30 minutes to avoid too much wastage. Flexible adhesives on the other hand are used for wooden floors.
Allow time to dry after installing all your tiles on the floor. You can now start grouting afterwards. Some tiles like natural tiles, marble, slate, limestone, granite and porcelain should be sealed first before grouting. You can also use a specialized sealer to waterproof your tiles and make them more resistant to dirt and staining.
Installing tiles may require precision but it can be achieved through careful planning and execution. You can save a lot by opting to install tiles by yourself rather than asking a professional to them for you.