Bettye Calderon. Floor. August 25th , 2017.
A floor plan is about space deployment, or more specifically, the space you want (or need) for family members, guests, pets, entertaining and basic household operations (i.e. cooking, dining, laundry, storage, etc.). Furthermore, it is easy to overlook space requirements for many things we take for granted such as hobbies, displaying collections and other family activities. Try to anticipate as many of your family’s needs as possible and expand your floor plan to accommodate your desires.
Installing ceramic tile floors is not as hard as it looks. With a little knowledge and an easy step-by-step guide on how to do it, you can already be tiling your way to your dream floor. Here are some basic ceramic tiling tips you can chew on when you plan on installing ceramic tile floors at your home. Knowing the kind of subfloor you’ll be installing ceramic tile flooring over is important. There are three main types of subfloors you might encounter: Vinyl, plywood, and concrete floors. Installing ceramic tile flooring directly to your vinyl or linoleum subfloor surfaces is greatly discouraged. One, it may contain asbestos fibers; and two, vinyl flooring is not a solid as good ol’ concrete flooring. When installing ceramic tile on vinyl, experts would recommend rough-sanding, or scarifying, the vinyl floor surface first so your tiling mortar has good grip to set on.
Tile flooring is very easy upkeep. In most cases all you simply do for clean up is, mop it. In today’s choices, you will no longer have to wax the tiles to keep them shiny. The newer tiles have a protective shiny coat to them already so there is no need for waxing. You can get tile choices to match just about any decor look you are after. You can find marble looking tiles with agate inlay added to them or you can find a rock look tile or brick look tile that looks authentic. Tile flooring has come a long way, and you will find that the tiles come in many different sizes. You can get smaller looking tiles to larger ten to twelve inch tiles or even larger if you like. You can special order just about any tile flooring to be cut the size you would like if it doesn’t already come in the cut size you would like.
You next need to consider how you will cut the tiles for corners, edges, or other special situations. Many hardware stores have tile cutters that you can use or rent for a day. Make sure you have proper training for safety purposes. Another consideration is the type of tiles you want to use. Read about the pluses and minuses of each type of material, and bring home samples to see if you like how they look and feel. Think about the size, pattern, and color of the tile(s) you will use. Make sure the tile is easy to maintain and clean and will fit well is the chosen space. With so many options, the hardest part may be narrowing your choices!
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