Update Your Flooring
Choosing the right type of floor tiles for your bathroom and installing them can be quite a tricky affair. Installing a new floor tile in your bathroom is a relatively inexpensive way to add astonishing beauty and value to your home. It’s actually the perfect strategy for a bathroom renovation. With the right tools and a good plan, installing a bathroom floor tile can be a very easy and smooth process.
Below are simple tips to follow to ensure a stress-free and easy installation process.
1. Determine the type of tile and materials to use
The first step to your journey starts by determining the resources that you will need to install a new floor tile for your bathroom. Determine the time and budget required for a successful project. Make sure you are okay with both.
Floor tiles come in diverse styles, colors, sizes, quality, types, and design among others. Consider using a flooring option that works well with the existing décor.
2. Purchase the materials required for installation
Purchase the type of tile that suits your bathroom, of course, it has to look great and durable. Buy all the other materials required for the process. These may include mortar, measuring tape, hammer, nails, cement board, grout, trowel, and utility knife among others. It’s always important to buy more materials than the required to account for a miscalculated measure.
3. Prepare the floor
For an easy and long-lasting flooring, make sure that the bathroom floor is decent and in the right condition. The floor should be flat, well attached to the sub-floor, and solid. Also, make certain that the floor is clean of any debris.
4. Choose the layout of the tile
Planning the tile layout is actually the most time-consuming process. Consider using the tile spacers to make sure the tiles are a perfect square and evenly spaced. Once you choose the layout, use chalk lines to guide you on the tile positioning. After determining the tile layout, measure and cut the tiles for a complete coverage.
5. Lay the tile
• After choosing the right layout for the tile, start the laying foundation. This will involve mixing of the mortar with water. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions to appropriately make a perfect mixture. Don’t mix the mortar more than 30 minutes prior to using it; it may dry thereby losing efficiency.
• Spread a thin layer of mortar evenly in the sub-floor using a trowel.
• Use the center of the room as the base for the tile layout.
• Place the cut tiles at a time on the floor, you may use spacers to assist hold the position. Allow the mortar to dry, maybe for about 24 hours.
• After the mortar is completely dry, remove the spacers, then mix and use grout to entirely fill the spaces between the tiles.
• Once the grout is applied, use a damp towel or sponge to completely wipe away any excess grout. This will ensure that the tiles are left clean, level, and smooth.
• Apply a grout sealer to protect the grout and avoid or reduce staining.
• After some time, the tile floor should be ready for use.
Great bathroom tile flooring will be achieved only if it’s done right if not, the floor will buckle and crack in no time. Also, ensure that the type of tile used is durable and water-resistant, therefore, you won’t need to regularly worry about the water tarnishing the surface.