Tile on a bathroom floor brings unique elegance and character to the home, so it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing it as minor remodeling option. But it’s an intricate art that requires care and precision. If you choose you’d like help in the process, contact the contractors at Unique Home Building and we’ll walk you through it all. However, if you’d like to do it yourself, here are some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid
Choose the Right Adhesive
Use a waterproof adhesive for any tiles that are around a bathtub or shower. Even the best-fitted tiles can let some water leak through to the adhesive, and non-waterproof adhesive will decay and crumble, eventually causing your tiles to crack and break. Don’t forget that water can get to the adhesive in the form of condensation.
Buy the Right Amount Tiles
You should always buy more tiles than you think you need. It’s always wise to go beyond your need by getting 15 to 20% more than you expect to use. This protects against breakages, miscalculations, and difficulties in cutting to size. You can keep spare tiles in reserve in case any tiles become cracked in the future. Alternatively, some retailers may allow you to return unused tiles for a refund.
Don’t Skip Preparation
You must thoroughly clean and smooth the surface on which you are laying the tiles, whether it’s a floor or shower wall. Otherwise, you increase the difficulty of laying them evenly. If you’re tiling on a wall, remove any wallpaper. Use a light sander on the surface. An exception to this is if you are laying new tiles on top of existing tiles or. This can be done, but you should clean the old tiles and dry them first, and then scour them lightly to give a better grip. (Thanks to DoItYourself.com)
For anyone ready to upgrade the look and feel of your bathroom, tile is a great option. You are fully able to do it yourself but if the task is just too daunting, please contact us at Unique Home Building today!