Lizzie Ryan. Floor. June 24th , 2017.
Final cost estimates of the pre-drawn house floor plans are more likely to be precise because the particulars have been figured out. This means a list of materials has already been made out, for example. The chances of suddenly discovering that the building is beyond the budget after all are fairly small. Sensible buyers would happily save on architect’s fees for designing floor plans. House floor plans that are already in stock are as good as their custom-made counterparts, as they, too, were once custom-made by capable engineers and architects. Moreover, the construction papers will come to hand in a matter of days rather than months.
Travertine is a natural stone tile that has increased in popularity. Travertine is a sedimentary rock that began as sandstone and has been used for years. In fact, the exterior of the Colosseum in Rome is built out of travertine. This type of tile comes in a variety of colors and patterns, so it can fit with any decor or design style. More recently, ceramic and porcelain tiles have been manufactured and used. Such tiles are often used in kitchens and bathrooms and can be used on walls as well as floors. Such tiles are specially designed and glazed to look good and last a long time. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are also easy to clean. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to meet any need.
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.
For plywood subfloors, be sure that the wood is at least 1 and 1/8 inches thick and is supported by an equally strong underlayment. Otherwise, your ceramic tiles will dislodge easily, or worse, break and need replacing. Concrete floors are the most ideal subfloor surface to work with. But before you can start installing ceramic tile flooring over it, it must be cleaned thoroughly. For dust and other debris, sweep and then mop your concrete subfloor surface, and allow it to dry completely. Smooth concrete surfaces must be rough sanded just like vinyl floors to allow the tiling mortar some grip.
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