If you are interested in upgrading your kitchen flooring tile is a durable waterproof option. The kitchen is full of wet spills so you want to be sure the flooring you install will stand up to the job needed. Not only are spills common most people have an ice maker in their fridge. These water lines are notorious for bursting and the resulting flood will buckle a wooden or vinyl tile floor in minutes if the leak is not caught.
Not every person feels capable to perform little jobs, but they also don’t want to pay the high prices that are charged to have someone else do them. One of those basic tasks that anybody can do is tiling the kitchen floor.
While not very hard to do, you might think that you can make a mistake that would ruin the job. But this really isn’t true. Tiling floor isn’t physically easy but it is very straightforward. You will be able to save a lot of money by doing this yourself. This will be a simple decision, provided that you know the do’s and don’ts. When you’re ready to go, you need to choose the tile you want. You may be blown away at all the different options you have. There are many different types of flooring based on material, sizing, colors textures and finishes. There are firms that produce tiles in odd sizes so that you will need to buy more tiles from them.
When you select a tile, it is usually based on your own personal aesthetics, you have unlimited options to choose from. But bear in mind, the moment it is done, it isn’t really something that is easy to change. Before you begin tiling, you need to meticulously measure the area, how the tile should be run and to determine how it will workout for waste. The dimensions of the tile might have more or less waste, for example, a 6×6 inch tile may be a greater fit than 4×4 tile. In order to save money, figure it out so there is as little waste as is feasible. If you go around kitchen cabinets, make sure that you diagram your floor to scale so you know exactly how many tiles you need. It is best to move the refrigerator out and tile that spot, rather than leaving it because most of it is never seen.
Always figure on 10% waste for cuts, mistakes, and breakage. If you’re able to perform basic math, you should be in a position to figure out where to begin and how you should layout your floor. You’ll want to get started right, because if you get going crooked, your floor will not look too good. If you can draw a pair of lines that are perpendicular and parallel to the walls, then you should be fine. It is important to end up with a point in the center to ensure the cut pieces on the outside walls will have the same measurement. You never want to simply just start with a whole tile against one wall and then head in the other direction, or the piece on the other side won’t match, more than likely. The moment it is all totally setup, you will be able to begin tiling.
The adhesive you will need is based on the type of floor you possess like wooden sub floor or concrete. If you’re laying tile over wood, a flexible mastic is best. Once the tiles are set and the adhesive has dried, then you can apply the grout, wipe the excess and let it dry and now you have a new floor.
Check out this video below for step by step instructions.
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