Home owners have several projects that they would like to have done, but don’t always know how to go about them. Not every person feels capable to do little jobs, but they also don’t want to pay the high prices that are charged to have someone else do them. One job that should be easy for anyone to do is to tile the kitchen floor.
While you might worry about botching things, tiling is not very difficult to do. One thing beyond doubt is that doing it yourself is going to save a lot of money. You’ll have a straightforward time making a decision as soon as you understand what you should do and should not do. If you decide to go for doing this, the first thing you need to consider is selecting the tile. Chances are you’ll even be astonished at the options you will be confronted with. You’ll find that there are many different types of tiles based on colors, sizes, textures, finishes and materials. There are businesses that produce tiles in odd sizes so that you’re going to need to buy more tiles from them.
Any time you select a tile, it is usually based on your own personal aesthetics. But don’t forget, the moment it is done, it isn’t really something that is easy to change. Before you get too far, you have to quantify the area to be tiled, figuring out the best way to run the tile, and how it will work out for waste. From time to time a different size tile will have more or less waste, for example, depending on the measurements, 6 x 6 inch tile might work out better than 4 x 4 tiles. You want to make sure that you perform this correctly so that you won’t waste money. Since you are almost certainly going around kitchen cabinets, you must diagram your floor to scale to know exactly how many tiles you will need. It’s also advisable to tile the area beneath the refrigerator even though it is not seen.
By doing a bit of simple math, you can easily find out how you can lay out your floor and know where to start. You need to get started right, because if you get going crooked, your floor will not look too good. If you’re able to draw a pair of lines that are perpendicular and parallel to the walls, then you should be good. It is important to have a point in the center to ensure the cut pieces on the outside walls will have the same measurement. It will not look good when you have a complete tile against one wall and cut tile against the other wall. As soon as you have the logistics determined, you can begin tiling.
The adhesive that is called for can be determined by the type of floor you have, whether it is concrete or wooden sub floor. If you are placing tile over wood, a flexible mastic is best. Once the tiles are positioned and the adhesive has dried, then you can apply the grout, get rid of the excess and let it dry and now you have a new floor.