Home renovation projects can add both beauty and value to your home, but without the right know-how, you could end up costing more time and money than you planned on. When it comes to ceramic tile floor installation, though the process is easy, a professional can get it done quickly and correctly.
Check the Tool Chest
Installing a ceramic floor will add bring texture and color to your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. These are the most common areas in the house where ceramic flooring is used. There is a wide range of tools used in the installation process, and most homeowners don’t have these items lying around in the garage. While a local hardware store would carry them, having to go out and purchase special tools for one-time use just adds to the cost of the project. Some of the tools required for the job include:
- Tile cutter
- Tile Spacers
- Tile bonding material or adhesive
- Rubber grout float
- Sealant and grout
Some of the other items that you may have on hand include safety clothing like gloves and safety glasses and carpentry tools like a bubble level, measuring tape, and carpenter’s square.
Prep the Surface
Before the ceramic tile floor installation can begin, the sub-floor will need to be prepped. Any cracks in the floor will need to be filled or repaired, and you will need to clean the floor as best as you can from any debris and dust. Large portions of the floor that are warped or damaged should be replaced. If there is a layer of flooring that already exists, this will have to be torn out and removed. This can be time-consuming without a team of workers and the right tools.
Lay the Floor
When it comes to ceramic tile floor installation, you can’t just throw down the tiles in any direction or shape. Because it takes specific measurements, precision cutting, patience, and attention to pattern detail, it is best to leave the laying to the professionals. It can is cost-effective, but it also prevents an extended interruption of your lifestyle while the project is underway.