- 1 Tile Installation
- 2 Types of tiles
- 3 Travertine
- 4 Ceramic
- 5 Marble
- 6 Slate
- 7 Faux wood
- 8 Granite
- 9 Onyx
- 10 Quartzite
- 11 Tile installation process
- 12 Surface preparation
- 13 Area sketching
- 14 Tiles cutting
- 15 Adhesive application and tile pasting
- 16 Joints grouting
- 17 Tile cleaning and maintenance
- 18 General cleaning suggestions
- 19 Particular cleaning care advice
- 20 Final advices for tiles flooring
In the world of flooring the tiles are one of the most popular choices among many homeowners. The wide numbers of advantages they offer make them a good investment in flooring restoration projects. Some of the many advantages tiles offer are:
A good relation cost – effective
Easy to maintain
Neat and luxurious look
If you are thinking about making flooring refurbishing at home, tiles are a good choice. And the people of American Loss Consultant can provide you with a complete set of experts who will assess, get and install the tile flooring of your dreams. We are an experienced advisor company in the field of home restoration and with our experience, our allies, and your ideas; you can get exactly what you have been looking for.
We can give you right now some advices to have in mind at the time of starting your tile project.
Types of tiles
In the world of tiles, you can find a really varied type of tiles, each for each customer. Each has particular features that will please even the most exquisite clients.
This natural stone has particular characteristics molded by nature. Travertine is a limestone found in caves and it has a rough texture which makes it slip resistant; due to this property, travertine is preferred to cover walkways, pool decks, bathrooms and other areas that are exposed to water presence. Highly resistant, you will get what you pay.
Tiles made of ceramic are a classic. They are made of molded and processed clay. They can be porcelain type or non-porcelain type. Porcelain type usually has fewer impurities in their composition and is less porous; they are considered more durable and resistant. Non-porcelain type is more affordable and during installation, they are easier to handle. If a homeowner wants ceramic flooring and the pocket is a little bit short, then this type is a clever decision.
The durability, multiple finishes, and the endless color gamut make this type of ceramic very appealing to anyone. Marble is suitable for any room. Its natural appearance prints a touch of elegance and value to every home. The not so good part is the cost and the natural tendency of being prone to stains, which makes marble a bad choice for exterior areas.
It is a rock that has being used for many years as flooring. It wide variety of colors as well as the colored veins that crosses, make them unique and unrepeatable. As advantages, we can mention its slip-resistant property, durability and easy to clean issue. Thanks to these qualities, slates are appropriated for kitchens, bathrooms and pools; for high traffic areas; and at the end of the day just a mop with water makes them look good.
Considered the most fashionable tile in the market, this ceramic tile combines the natural beauty of wooden appearance with the durability of tiles. Faux wood looks like hardwood but it is more resistant than it. It requires little maintenance, which is always good for any homeowner.
Highly pondered for its high resistance, granite is a very commercial rock, very dense and hard. Its durability and resistance makes it a good choice for high transit areas like kitchen.
Even though onyx is a rock, it is not really resistant. To improve its durability, the back tile is made of mesh, resin or fiberglass. It is usually employed in countertops and light-traffic areas.
Being a hard and resistant rock, quartzite has become one of the most valuable types of tile using for covering pools surrounds, driveways and paths. In the kitchen is used as part of decoration, similar to marble.
Tile installation process
Tile installation always demands major works and a huge patience from homeowners. But the assistance of real experts makes the task more bearable as well as successful. At the time of tile installation, the experts’ advice we can provide you will never be set apart. American Loss Consultant shows you the follow up tile installation procedure.
Before starting tile installation, experts must repair, patch and level any uneven or damaged area. The surface must be clean and free of any substance that can mess a proper installation (like wax, soap or grease). Appliances and moldings that may interfere with tile installation must be set apart to a proper procedural success.
The typical strategy in tile installation is the identification of the center point of each wall in the room as well as pinpoints the center of the room. Right installed tiles would trace an imaginary perfect square.
The tiles will be layout, traced and cut to assure a perfect fit in each space. Certified personnel will count with enough experience and tools to give a fine finishing to your tile flooring, no matter the area.
Adhesive application and tile pasting
The adhesive compound must be applied step by step and in small areas because it dries very quickly. As long as adhesive is spread, cut tiles will be posed in the right position and firmly pushed to be sealed on place.
This step involves a delicate task. The tile expert will spread a grout compound to seal joints. This procedure protects the tiles of been unglued as well as giving them a final stylist touch. After the grout you have to wait 24 hours to clean tiles. Caring experts would include a final cleaning step after tile installation.
Tile cleaning and maintenance
Two of the main benefits tiles offers are easy to do cleaning and simple maintenance. Every day use can stain them or worn them out, but if you follow some tips, you can have a wonderful tile flooring at home, with a neat and wonderful look.
General cleaning suggestions
Despite not every tile require the same type of cleaning procedure, there are some general instructions that you must follow to keep your tile flooring neat.
- Sweep or vacuum floor every day. AS long as you walk, friction combined with dust, grit and soil may damage the shine and the texture of tiles. In case of using vacuum, do not use the bar because it can also damage tiles.
- Mop the floor with water at least once a week. Simple moping using clear water will clean your tile floor. Be aware of sweep or vacuum before moping.
- Use only mild soap. If you want to mop with not only water, try mild soaps. Abrasive chemicals damage tile shine, color or texture.
Particular cleaning care advice
Differences in material and characteristics of tiles require particular care. Some special care instructions for tiles are:
Glazed tiles must be cleaned regularly using an all-purpose cleaner; for bathroom tiles, try spray cleaner for removing mildew, hard water deposits and soap scum. Never use oily products.
Unglazed tiles are nice at concentrated tile cleaners with neutral pH. Those cleaners remove grease, oils and spills.
Ceramic tiles should be swept and not beaten because they can be easily dulled and scratched.
Slate tiles can be washed with a mild detergent and then rinsed with clear water. Never use cleaners that contain lemon or vinegar.
Final advices for tiles flooring
Tile flooring can last for long if you are careful about care and cleaning, then:
*Set a mat at the entrance
*Never use abrasive product with acid for cleaning.
*Avoid wax-based cleaners.
*Never use pads made of metal to clean
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