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Tile flooring installation
There’s nothing more satisfying than remodeling a room in your home and installing tile flooring in your bathroom is no exception. A tile floor improves the overall look of your bathroom while also adding value to your home. Flooring Source of Texas has a vast selection of tile flooring you can choose from along with affordable installation costs.
Tile flooring installation process
If you purchased tile flooring from Flooring Source of Texas and are wondering what to expect during the installation, here is a brief overview of the process. The first step is of course to remove the current flooring. Once the old flooring is removed and the floor has been prepped, it’s time to begin the tile flooring installation. Before we proceed, it’s important to note that tile installation is a two-step process, typically done over the course of two days. Also, your floor will be about ½” higher after the tile has been installed. So, your door trim may need to be undercut accordingly to accommodate your new tile. Whether you have elected to go with ceramic or stone tile, the installation process will be virtually the same.
Before we start laying down tile, we will need to find the midway point of each wall and use a chalk line tool to snap a chalk line on to the floor. After that, we start placing a row of tiles across the room, using tile spacers to ensure congruent tile spacing.
Mixing the mortar
The mortar will act as an adhesive for the tile; in a large bucket the mortar and a latex additive are mixed together and set aside for 10 minutes. Then we spread a thin layer of the mixture on to the floor with a trowel, using a good amount of pressure along with broad strokes. After the first few rows of tile are installed, we use a leveling tool to ensure that the tiles are aligned correctly. The mortar then takes two hours to fully harden.
Once your tile is installed, you will have to wait 24 hours before the grout is installed, which is the final step in the process. The grout will be used to fill the joints in between each piece of tile. In a bucket, a small amount of grout is mixed with water, forming a semi-thick consistency. Then, the grout is spread on to your tiled floor and with a rubber float to guide the grout into the joints. Allow the grout to dry for about 30 minutes, and you’re ready to enjoy your new tile floor.