COMMON MISTAKES WHEN LAYING FLOOR TILES

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So, you want to tile a bathroom floor by yourself? Floor tiles are easy to install, so they are perfect for DIY installation options. However, here are some common mistakes homeowners make when laying floor tiles. Let’s get started.

1.     Cracking The Tiles

Floor tiles are often made from ceramic, so they easily crack when mishandled. This can be expensive, time-consuming, and wasteful as you have to replace the cracked pieces. To avoid cracking, you could use a diamond wet saw to cut the tiles. Ensure you mark the tile with a pencil to achieve the desired cut and apply slow even pressure when cutting to avoid cracking. Alternatively, you could seek professional kitchen floor tiling services. We have the right materials needed to lay tile floor, so you do not have to worry about cracked tiles.

2.     Failing to Prepare the Surface

The key to a satisfactory finish is properly preparing the floor surface you want the tiles installed. Before tiling, you should clean and prime the floor to allow the adhesives to take to the floor. You could start by wiping grease and oils on the surfaces then vacuuming the area to get rid of loose dirt and debris. Next, ensure that the floor surface is even. To do this, you should fill in any cracks and dents or apply a self-leveling screed on the floors. That said, it is worth noting that different floor surfaces require distinct preparation before tiling. For instance, wooden surfaces should be primed using polyurethane-based paint before laying tiles. Our tiles & flooring experts can help prepare your floor surfaces for tiling for guaranteed satisfactory results.

3.     Uneven or Quick Grouting

Grouting helps seal the gaps between tiles to prevent dirt and moisture from settling in, ensuring durability. Although you want to take the shortest time possible when laying floor tiles, rushing the grouting process results in uneven finish and voids between tiles. So you should take your time when grouting and use a grout float to apply the mixture evenly between the tile joints. You should further allow the grout to dry for 3-5 hours before cleaning the tiles. If you clean the tiles when the grout is still wet, you may remove it and have to repeat the process. Ensure that you mix the grout properly before application for clean and even lines.

4.     Using the Wrong Adhesives

Adhesives allow easy adjustments of tiles within a specific period. They help give tile flooring Lacey, WA, the final aesthetic appeal. There are different types of adhesives, and using the wrong one can significantly increase the floor tiling cost to correct the mistakes. Some of the commonly used adhesives include;

  • Heat-Resistant adhesives. These adhesives are made to withstand high temperatures without cracking. For example, you could use heat-resistant adhesives to tile the floor around fireplaces or behind wood-burning stoves.
  • Water-proof adhesives. Designed to withstand exposure to moisture, water-proof adhesives are perfect for tiling kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor spaces with direct contact with water.
  • Rapid-set adhesives. The rapid-set adhesive is excellent when installing large format tiles or natural stones as it is slip-resistant.

Not sure which tile adhesive to use for your floors? We can help.

5.     Not Purchasing Enough Tiles

Wondering where to start when learning how to tile a floor DIY? The first step to successfully installing ceramic tile in Lacey is to measure exactly how many materials you need. To do this, you should measure the length and width of the area you want to lay floor tiles, then multiply the measurements by each other. For instance, if you are tiling a kitchen that is 6 meters by 8 meters, you will need 48 meters of tiles to cover the area. You should always purchase 10% extra tiles to allow for breakages and cuts. Not purchasing enough tiles can be expensive and time-consuming, not to mention that you may not get the exact match to your initial batch since there are varying floor tiling designs.

Final Thoughts

Whether you want to lay floor tiles on concrete or wooden surfaces in your kitchen or bathrooms, we got you covered. We will help prepare the surfaces, use proper grout and adhesives, purchase enough pieces and avoid cracking tiles, to save on cost. At Portland Tiling, we have the necessary technical know-how, installation equipment, and experience to help improve your home’s aesthetic appeal within the shortest time possible and at pocket-friendly prices.

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