shutterstock_135668507Congratulations on choosing tile for your home project, but now what should you do? You may have questions, such as what will installers do and why, about the installation process before work actually begins on your floors.

First, remain calm. At Floor Coverings International of Brookfield and Waukesha, we aim to offer superior service from the beginning of your design process through the end of your installation.

While this guide pertains to the installation of tiles, some steps may be similar for other flooring types. Please contact your Project Coordinator if you have specific questions on your project.

Preparation

1.     One of the most crucial steps is to prepare the floors. Once any old flooring is removed and any unnecessary furniture moved, the subfloor will be prepped. This will help to seal against moisture especially if you are installing tile into the bathroom. In addition, priming the subfloor for installation helps tiles firmly adhere to the floor.

2.     Once the floors are primed, our installers will plan the flooring out particularly if your floor will have any particular patterns. This step helps installation occur as smoothly as possible, without surprise hiccups.

Installation

3.     We are now ready to install. Our team will follow the layout and cut the necessary pieces of tile. A mortar will be spread along the floor, and then a tile will be placed firmly in the allotted space.

4.     This will continue until your flooring is complete. To produce quality results, our installers will regularly check to see if the tile is aligned to neighboring pieces and is level.

5.     Once tiles are in place and set, it will be time to grout and/or seal. This is one difference in the installation of natural and manufactured tile. Natural stone tiles should first be sealed before grouting. Natural stone tiles need to be sealed due to the porous nature of the stone so moisture does not reduce the life of the floor. It also helps with stain resistance.

Grouting will then occur. For ceramic or porcelain tiles, sealing generally is not needed as glazed tiles are treated to help prevent stains and increase durability. It is recommended to seal grout lines to prevent stains or water damage. Grouting is necessary to help keep the tiles stuck together and in place.

 Clean-Up

6.     After grouting and sealing any excess product will be sponged away with a little bit of water. This will also help to remove any dirt particles that may have settled on to the tile’s surface.

Voila! You now have a beautiful tiled floor that is sure to last a lifetime. For natural tile, you will need to reseal them every three to five years to retain the unique aspect of the stone.

We hope this helped you in what to expect during the installation process for tiles. Proper installation will make renovation as easy as possible for you and give you piece of mind that you are getting a beautiful floor for life.

 

Photo: Natali Glado