So, you'd like to install some ceramic tile at your home and to save money, you're considering the option of installing the tile yourself. This can be a viable option if you have the right tools and experience, but if not, it's recommended that you contact a professional tile flooring installation company.
When taking on a ceramic installation project yourself, there are also some common mistakes you'll want to avoid in order to ensure the best results:
Taking the time the prepare floors before laying tile down is a must. The specific steps needed to prepare a floor for ceramic tile installation will vary depending on the condition of the floors, but there's a good chance you'll need to patch any damage to the sub-floors, make sure that they're completely level, and possibly even apply a primer before installing any ceramic tile.
These preparation steps can be time consuming, which is why so many inexperienced DIY-ers skip past them. However, taking the time to prepare floors will help ensure proper adhesion of the ceramic tile and prevent damage (such as cracking due to a non-level floor) down the road.
Using Wrong Adhesive
Prices for ceramic tile adhesive can vary greatly, but when it comes to quality, you'll get what you pay for. Therefore, it's generally best to spend a little more on a quality adhesive that'll stand up to the test of time. This is especially true if you're going to be installing larger ceramic tiles, which will require a stronger adhesive than smaller ceramic tiles (such as those used on a kitchen back splash) would.
Failure to Protect
Even once your floors are in place, it's important that you take measures to protect the ceramic tiles and the grout, which can become easily stained otherwise. Consider sealing your tile grout, especially if it's a lighter color.
Furthermore, if you're completing any other home improvement projects at the same time as you're installing your new floors, make sure to put down a protective sheet over the floors so that they don't get damaged by debris from your other projects.
Laying your own ceramic tile flooring isn't rocket science, but it does require a certain level of precision and care. By avoiding these common installation mistakes, you'll have a better chance of getting the job done correctly the first time around and ending up with beautiful new tile floors. To learn more, contact a company such as Costen Floors Inc. for help.