Ceramic Tiles are one of the oldest; almost permanent forms of surfacing, for floors and walls. Ancient Roman tiles still cover the floors of many buildings throughout Europe.
What should you be considering when selecting the tiles for floors and walls? Are there any other important factors to be considered other than the decorative factors of color, shape, size of the tiles?
Yes! The choice becomes difficult because there is a wide variety of file types and great variations in even the material used to make the tiles. Ceramic Tiles are one very popular and practical option as these tiles are highly versatile, and are available with an almost endless range of options. Be advised by your tile merchant and be sure to ask for referrals from others who have used both the particular tiles you are looking at and the services of the tile merchant.
Take your time with the task of choosing because tiles are not easy to change and will be with you for a lifetime.
Once you have successfully selected the tiles, the next challenge is their proper installation. Once again ask for referrals and do some research, talk to people who are experienced in the installation of ceramic tiles on the correct procedure. Although there is no experience required to install ceramic tiles, consulting a professional surely helps. For those who want to avoid hiring someone for the installation and undertake the job themselves just remember that any task can be accomplished by having an understanding of some basic guidelines for the installation procedure.
The installation of Ceramic Tiles on the floor begins with the preparation of the subfloor. This is a very important step. First a waterproof backboard should be installed over a timber floor and then both timber and concrete floors should be smoothed over with a preparatory coating. Doing this will ensure good adhesion and that the ceramic tiles are evenly laid onto the floor. Any fall (slope) required to provide drainage should be incorporated into this preparatory coating.
Then beginning at the entrance of the room you should lay out the pattern. Determination of the floor pattern before the tiles are laid makes the task easier to manage.
Make sure that you identify where the first row of tiles would be laid. Maybe with a chalk, mark lines at right angle to the entrance and ensure that they are precisely at a 90-degree mark. This would serve as a guideline for laying the initial row of tiles. Use the same line and extend it to the other end of the room.
Laying and Completing the Installation of Ceramic Tiles
The first row should be adjacent to the line marking created. Use spacers to ensure that the space between each tile is uniform. Once the installation of full ceramic tiles is completed, it would be useful to place a temporary board there.
Now, installing tiles along the board that is at 90-degrees to the first row will ensure that the rows of tiles are aligned properly. Once this is done, take the measurement of space at both ends of the row. This measurement will help with the distance the center row be shifted, to create borders equidistant from the walls.
After all this, the final step would be to get to the actual installation. If all the initial phase work is complete, it is time for the ceramic tiles to be laid onto the floor. The task would be much easier and opportunity of an error would be less due to the preliminary work done. As each row of the tile is laid, the quality of the work and the ease with which it would get done will make you feel like a professional!