Buying and installing flooring tiles
Tile flooring is seen in homes of all shapes and sizes, from bungalows to mansions. Flooring tiles are a very popular option because of their long life and low maintenance requirements. They have a clean look and offer excellent moisture resistance, making them ideal for bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens.
Types of Flooring Tiles
Ceramic tile flooring. Valued for its versatility, ceramic tile flooring is one of the most popular types of tile flooring available. It is less expensive than most other types, but still looks elegant and clean.
Stone tile flooring. Like ceramic, stone tile flooring is 100 percent natural and completely resistant to water and stains of all sorts. With a rugged, natural appearance, these tiles make an ideal interior complement to houses with stone facades. Granite tile flooring and slate tile flooring are similar alternatives to stone.
Marble tile. Marble tile flooring is relatively expensive, but you get what you pay for. Not only is marble one of the most exclusive and elegant flooring choices on the market, it is also surprisingly easy to care for and very hardy.
Porcelain tile. Usually used on walls rather than floors, porcelain is, essentially, a more expensive (and slightly nicer-looking) version of ceramic tile. It is commonly used for shower walls and kitchen backsplashes.
Installing Tile Flooring
As with any other type of flooring installation, your first step before placing flooring tiles is to ensure the subfloor is level and undamaged. Then, you'll draw layout lines and spread mortar along the floor using a trowel. Make sure it is spread evenly, and avoid covering up your layout lines.
Place the tiles, starting in a corner. You may find that you need to apply some pressure to each tile to get it to set in the mortar the way you want it. Lay tiles in a vertical line, using your layout lines as a guide. Take your time – once the mortar dries, you'll have a hard time correcting any mistakes you've made. Once you're finished, you'll have a beautiful floor that will withstand a great deal of wear and tear without losing its classic appeal.