By Jean Baptiste Prost. Ceramic Tile. Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 08:49:30 AM.
Bathroom – Bathrooms are the most expected place, where people use tiles. Ceramic tiles are best for watery areas, as bathrooms, where water is overly used and spilled. It can be installed for the flooring and walls, both. It is the floor and walls near the bathing area that face hundreds or thousands of water droplets every day. Ceramic tiles show a great water resistant characteristic, and obviate the chances of water leakage due to excess use of water. They provide a shield to walls and floors of bathrooms against water and moisture. Kitchens – Kitchens are the second room in houses, where water is largely used. Considering the qualities of ceramic tiles, a lot of people use them for the flooring of their kitchen. Ceramic backsplashes, above sinks, are also quite popular these days.
It's also important to get the right equipment and tools for the project. You can buy most of the tools and materials you'll need at you neighborhood hardware store, or home center. For equipment that might over your budget like tile cutters, try asking your local home center or tool rental yard if they have the tools you need for rental. Basic ceramic tiling tools include A pair of safety glasses, heavy leather gloves, tile spacers, notched trowel, a handheld tile cutter, and a pair of tile nippers. Have some sandpaper handy for smoothing out cut edges. Sponges and clean dry rags will come in handy for cleaning and wiping off excess mortar material and grout lining from your newly-finished ceramic tiling floor. Of course, you can always consult a professional if you are hesitant over how to start installing ceramic tile on your floor. From choosing the right tiles and color, to tearing out existing ceramic tile floors without damaging the subfloor, to installing ceramic tile that will last you a lifetime, a home improvement professional will be able to help you with information, at the very least, or assist you when you start installing ceramic tile.
Install the Ceramic Tiles – Start with the center and move outwards with each ceramic tile. Use thin set mortar or tile adhesive to set the tiles, make sure that the bond between the tile and the sub-floor sets by applying pressure on each tile. After the tiles have set, complete the process by applying the grout. Remember that the grout must be of the same color as the tiles you have chosen. Remember that each step requires twenty-four hours to set and dry before allowing yourself to proceed to the next step of your ceramic tile flooring installation.
Flooring presents other challenges, and opportunities. Clearly floor tiles must be durable so high fire stoneware is the best choice. Any kind of relief is not advised as uneven surfaces can be difficult to walk on, especially for the aged. An additional consideration with flooring tiles is slickness. A glossy glaze on a floor is not recommended. A heavily textured glaze or a matte glaze is best. Outdoor use in cold climates demands high fired tiles and dependable glazes, especially if on horizontal surfaces. Low fire and even porous tiles can be used outdoors in cold climates if on or in a vertical surface. But you are still better off with a frost proof tile in cold climates.
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