What You Need to Know Before Installing Tiles

When it comes to home decor, tiles are pretty popular for floors, kitchens and bathrooms. You can even tile the wall of a small space to give it a unique and elegant look. This type of design can be seen all over Europe.
Whether you are thinking about giving a room an entirely new look with tiles, or you just want to get the flooring of the kitchen and bathroom done, there are a few things you should know before the tiles hit the floor.
1. Material
Ceramic, porcelain and stone are the most basic and common options of tile material. These are ideal for installation in bathrooms. Ceramic and porcelain tiles offer colorful application options and are also resistant to staining. Stone, besides being strong, gives a classic look to the tiled space.
There is not a considerable difference between ceramic / porcelain and stone tile costs. On average, a stone tile application project will only cost about $200 more than a ceramic / porcelain application.
Care should be taken when installing ceramic tiles on bathroom floors. The high-gloss ones will be extra slippery, which might cause falls and injuries.
2. Size
Installing smaller tiles or mosaics in a shower will not hinder the slope and flow of water. Thus, water will not accumulate and soil the floor and corners. In small bathrooms, large tiles will help expand the space and make it more visually appealing.
Tiles of size 12″x12″ are the most economic to purchase and install. Any size larger or smaller than this entails more investment. Larger tiles require the subflooring to be perfectly smooth, otherwise they won’t set evenly and will have raised or lowered edges. With a smaller 6″x6″ tile, the total number of tiles and the time required to set them will be quadrupled.
3. Patterns
The patterns you give to your tile installation should go well with the aesthetics of the surrounding decor. Your inspiration could be a specific colour, texture or accent. A creative pattern can make all the difference between a beautiful tile job and a boring one.
It’s important to note here that getting very imaginative with tile patterns can incur heavy costs. For example, getting inserts of a particular shape can cost up to $50 dollars per insert. If used sparingly, it won’t make a difference, but a dense pattern will add a substantial amount to the final expense.
4. Application
Hire only qualified and experienced tile contractors for your tile applications. A job done with cement-based grout can last up to 60 years, if done right with a good sealant. Epoxy grout can last for much longer, but it’s difficult to remove tiles installed with it. Plus, it’s not exactly an environmentally friendly choice.
5. Budget
Consider all your options, make all the decisions and set an appropriate budget accordingly. It can be very easy to let your imagination run wild with tile installation and overdo it, but remember that each new change in design will mean additional costs. Stick to your budget for a smooth and hassle-free job.
Now that you know what you need to know, your tile installation can be an exciting and enhancing change in your home decor. For an extensive range of tile designs, get in touch with Expressions at Home.