If you’ve been thinking about doing a bit of remodeling around the house, but you want to go with the kind of projects that can leave a dramatic effect without you hiring a professional, something that you should consider doing is tiling your bathroom and kitchen.
Although initially it might seem like a bit of an overwhelming task, if you’re willing to follow the five tips enclosed, you can have tile floors that are beautiful, durable and evident of the things that you can accomplish when you decide to try some things out on your own.
Do lots of research. Thanks to websites like BHG, This Old House, Bob Villa, DIY Network and even YouTube, you can get all kinds of instructions (via articles and videos) on how to select the right kind of tile for your bathroom and kitchen and also how to install it. When it comes to choosing the best tile for your home improvement projects, visit your local home improvement store. Or you can visit Fresh Home and put “how to choose the right tile for your kitchen” or Today’s Homeowner and put “how to choose the right tile for your bathroom” in the search field.
Be selective with the grout. When it comes to tiling your bathroom or kitchen, something else that you’re going to need is grout. Grout is what helps to hold your tiles together. Although you’re probably used to seeing white grout, it actually comes in all kinds of colors. Plus, you can create thin or wide lines with them too. Apartment Therapy is one website that can assist you in choosing the best grout for your tiling needs. Go to the site and put “tips for choosing grout” in the search field.
Make sure the surfaces are flat. When it comes to tiling your floors, one thing that’s important to do is make sure that the surfaces are as flat as possible. Otherwise, you run into the possibility of the corners of your tile protruding. You can check your flooring by using a 4 ft. straightedge before you begin to put your tiles down. That will help you to know for sure what kind of surface you are working with before you begin.
Use guide boards. Say that you went to a place like Garden State Tile and you asked them for a tip on how to install kitchen and bathroom tile. One of the things that they might recommend is that you use guide boards during the process. Although it’s pretty customary to use chalk lines, the challenge with those is that oftentimes they can be difficult to see. However, being that guide boards are ones that you can literally screw into your flooring, they will help to keep your tiles in even lines.
Be patient as the tile dries. Although it’s not uncommon for professionals to use a fast-setting thin-set product, that’s because they are experienced in tiling bathrooms and kitchens. However, if you are new to doing tiling, it would make more sense to use a setting product that takes significantly longer for it to dry. That way, you can correct any errors as you go along. For information on the kinds of products you should use to tile various rooms of your house, feel free to speak with a customer sales associate at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.