Whether you’re installing new floor tiles in your bathroom or just replacing an old shabby floor tile, you could easily beat natural stone or ceramic tile for both look and durability. As long as you lay it properly, it’s virtually a permanent floor covering that takes no extra care and upkeep. And you no longer have to worry about floor tiling cost, which can be prohibitive.
The most important tip for installing floor tiling is to make sure you prepare the floor. Most good floor tiling kits come with basic floor tiling ingredients such as grout and base shoe. Make sure you follow instructions carefully and thoroughly before applying grout to your floor. Also, make sure you clean your floor and its adhesive thoroughly before you begin. This is critical to the proper adhesion of your floor tiling.
Then lay your floor tile directly on the prepared grout. Use a rubber or silicone damp sponge to spread the grout around the floor, making sure there are no gaps between the tiles. Use an appropriate sealant to help keep moisture from the adhesive and water out. (silicone sealants are recommended over other sealants because they are more flexible.) Then smooth your damp sponge over the grout, making sure there are no large areas that will mould or grow, and then let it dry.
Another floor tiling tip is to choose the right flooring for your room. For example, stone tile is great in a bathroom where the floor is often wet since the moisture helps seal the tiles. But vinyl flooring can be a poor choice for a basement, where moisture may build up. It is also a good idea to avoid using the same tile texture in different rooms, as the tile textural variation can change the overall look of your room, depending on the room.
If you want to minimize your tile floor’s impact on your home’s heating and cooling costs, you should select the floor type that is best suited for the area. A high-efficiency ceramic tile floor may be the best choice for an area with high temperatures during the summer months. Similarly, an acrylic tile floor would be a better choice for a floor in a basement that experiences extreme temperatures during the winter. Laying tile flooring over a concrete floor is another option that can save you money, but it is a much longer installation process.
After you have selected the floor type and texture you want, then you’ll need to decide what you are going to do about the wall and ceiling joint that may remain after you complete the floor. One way to address this issue is to install a backer floor at the joints. With a vinyl backer board, you simply overlap the vinyl flooring that runs above and below the joint. Another approach to this problem is to install a sheet metal frame around the joints, which also overlaps the vinyl tile that you are using.
Cleaning and Sealing
The final step in tile project preparation involves the cleaning and sealing of the floor and the grout. To prepare the floor, you will need to thoroughly vacuum the floor and remove any loose dirt or another contaminant from the fibreglass. The next step is to wipe down the floor and its jamb joints using a damp sponge. Make sure that the floor is completely free of dirt and grime, as grout can accumulate even small amounts of grit.
Sealing the grout is the final step in floor tiling. You can either purchase a ready-sealed grout or make your own. For a beautiful finish, choose porcelain or stainless steel grout. Seal the grout and then let it dry for the best possible finish.