TILE INSTALLATION GUIDE

A ceramic tile will outperform and outlast nearly any other floor covering product created for the same application.

Here at constructionweb, I lead you to the choice of tiles to layout and grouting. 

When it comes the selection of tiles, A lot comes into play this includes; 

SELECTION OF TILES 

  • Material –  Tile materials are porcelain, ceramic, brick, marble, laminate, slate, mosaic and vinyl. All these materials are available in many colours and price ranges.
  • Installation – Rooms such as the living room and kitchen require tough tiles that will last for long. Kids bedroom require tiles that will stand up to abrasion and heavy use as well. 
  •  Durability – While some tiles are resistant to wear and tear, some other options such as granite and marble may be prone to cracks and staining. Before tile selection, carefully consider the foot traffic in the intended area of installation
  • Resistance to water– In areas of installation such as the kitchen and bathroom floors, some of the better options for tiles are materials such as marble, granite, mosaic or ceramic. However, you must also remember that the smooth finish on marble and granite can increase the chances slipping. Slip resistant tiles are the best option. 

Hardwood and laminate are not good choices for the kitchen or bathroom 

Picture: Bathroom designs the USA
  • Resistance to chemicals –  Slates are hardy  tiles and the best choice for areas with chemical handling 
  • Maintenance– The ease of cleaning or maintenance should be put into consideration, Ceramic tile is long-lasting and relatively easy to maintain. Glazed ceramic tile is generally resistant to stains, water, fire and dirt, and can be cleaned up with a damp mop or sponge and common household cleaners.  Unglazed porcelain tile is popular for its natural look and chameleon properties, it is slightly more difficult to maintain and requires extra sweeping and damp mopping to prevent staining.
  • Pricing – Well, the price should be in your budget 
  • Availability – In case of tile breakage long after installation,  A similar tile should be readily available at the local depots 

GROUT 

Grout simply is a sealant used to lock the tiles tight, keeping water out and bonding the tiles together preventing the edges from chipping and cracking. Grout helps in controlling the functionality and durability of tiles and plays a major role in the day-to-day maintenance and the overall longevity of your tiles.

There are three methods when it comes to choosing the most suitable grout :

  • Matching grout
    Matching the grout colour to the tile colour makes the grout lines less noticeable and therefore the tile itself is accented. This is the best option if you have over-the-top beautiful tiles with a basic layout. 
  • Contrasting grout
    Picture: Homesteady

    A conflicting grout colour and tile colour will emphasize both the design and layout of the tiles, rather than the tile itself. Grout is a whole other design decision, therefore, gives it the consideration it deserves.

  • Neutral grout
    A neutral grout produces an appearance somewhere in between matching and contrast. Guess who lacked a clear explanation of this 

    EXTRA TILE TIPS

  • When dealing with mismatched tiling, don't vary the size, shape or colour palette and vice versa — always have a single consistent feature.
  • Though tile is durable and long-lasting, you may need to replace broken floor tiles occasionally. If you didn't save spares from the initial installation, there are a few options.

Thank you for reading, Do have a great day ahead

 

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