A well-thought out, detailed tile installation is much easier than you may think. With proper planning, and proper preparation, you could probably do it all on your own! Keep in mind that it is the tile professional that will take the time to ensure the tiles are laid properly to get the best results. Without proper planning and preparation, a quality tile installation could prove to be a long and difficult task.
First, check the doors to see if any moldings or trimmings could interfere with the tile installation. You should also remove any existing trim or moldings that could interfere with proper tile installation. The best time for a professional to install a tile floor is right after finishing the rest of the flooring. This will give the professional enough time to clean up any excess dirt, grout, and grout lines that would show while the tiles are being installed. In addition, a professional is familiar with the types of tiles you have chosen. He can tell if you need to get different tiles for different parts of your floor. Also, he is more likely to know what type of tile is most suitable for a specific application since different types have different benefits and uses.
An example of a common use for tiles is a wall-to-wall carpet installation in a home, such as the kitchen, living room, bathroom, or hallway. When wall-to-wall carpeting is installed, the tiles are not only installed in rows along the walls, but also along the rims of the carpet. Tiles can also be used to create a pattern along the rims of a carpeted area, similar to rugs. Tile installation for this purpose requires a certain amount of skill and care in the installation process.
Tile installation professionals often include steps in the installation process that will help you avoid accidents during the installation process. For example, the professional may suggest placing the tiles at an angle, rather than directly on top of each other. This will allow the tiles to slide over one another without damaging each other. If possible, the tiles should be installed on the back and sides of each other so that they will not bump into each other while being installed.
Once the tiles have been installed, they need to be maintained. A professional will offer tips and advice about how to properly care for your tile. Tile cleaners should be used on a regular basis to prevent fading and staining of the tiles.
With these few tips, you should be able to plan and complete a well-done tile installation without having to hire a good tile expert. This should give you and your family a safe, comfortable, and beautiful home with beautiful tiles.