Tile is one of the best ways to beautify your home. Tiles are wonderful due to the variety of colors, designs and styles you can choose from. Furthermore, tiles are affordable and great for those who do not want to spend a lot of money to beautify their homes.
When you are planning to install tiles in your home, there are several things that you should consider. Determine where you want them, the style and size you want and find out its wear ratings. After you have made your decision, you can now proceed to installing them. You can opt to hire a contractor or do it on your own. If you want to do it yourself, make sure that you have all the necessary tools ready. The following are steps on installing tiles in your home.
First thing that you have to do is to measure the floor area in order to purchase the right amount of material. Make sure to double-check your measurements and sums in order to save time and money. Measure the depth and width of the room and multiply from one figure to another to calculate the whole area. This way, you can get the number of square meters.
With bigger and more expensive tiles, calculate if off-cuts can be used to prevent waste and ask your supplier if you could return unused materials and get a refund. Naturally, you want to give allowance to your estimate to avoid ordering more tiles or making numerous trips to your supplier.
Before you being work, clean and clear the whole floor area and remove objects and furniture. Remove old flooring as well. Make sure the floor does not wobble and if it shakes, use screws or nails to secure it.
Start tile installation at the center of the floor. You can find the floor center by using the wall center to determine the center of the floor. Loosely lay tiles on the floor and make necessary adjustments. Measure tiles found on the edges and cut them into the correct sizes using a wet saw. Make the necessary adjustments before you begin installing them and make sure that they are properly aligned.
When everything is ready, start your installation. After installing, apply the right color of grout, clean the floor and wait for everything to dry before returning all items in the house.
While most homeowners would not think of installing tiles on their own, the steps are easy and the tools you need are minimal, including the wet saw and tile cutter. The same as other home projects, it is necessary to spend time on preparing and planning things before you begin work. Tiles should not extend beyond the square area so they will fit together.
Tiles are a very practical choice in beautifying a home due to its wide range of designs, textures, colors and the ease of cleaning. The process of installation varies slightly depending on the style and shape of the room. Installing tiles in your home makes it more beautiful and add to its value.
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