We’re spending more time at home than ever these days.
Because we’re stuck inside, many of us find ourselves twiddling our thumbs. We have also started making notes of all the flawed things in our house we’ve never noticed before.
Our fans look dusty, and the outside lawn chairs could probably use a fresh coat of paint. You’re scared to even look at the carpet because it’s been through so much. Why don’t you work on installing tile instead?
Below is a guide to tile installation to help you pass the time and spruce up your home. You’ve got this!
Pick a Tile
Decide where you’d like to install tile in your home. Not only should you select a tile that fits the room’s design plan, but you’ll also want to pay attention to price, size, and durability.
Before your DIY tile installation, carefully measure the space you’ll be installing the tile. You don’t want to end up short of tiles.
Develop a Design
Once you’ve decided on a tile and ordered it, develop a design for the floor. Play around with the shapes and colors of the tile.
You can create simple grid patterns, work in diagonals, or create a colorful mosaic. If you’re a beginner at laying tile, sticking with a simpler design is the best option.
Gather Your Tools
Double-check that you have all of your tools and products ready. Avoid having to run to the hardware store in the middle of your project.
Grab some buckets, a pair of safety glasses, gloves, measuring tape, a tile cutter, a level, spacers, a pencil, a rubber mallet, mortar, grout, sponges, a utility knife, and something to mix with. You’ll also want some sort of padding for your knees.
Speak with an employee at your local hardware store if you seem to be missing something or need clarification on how to install tile. You’ll also want to check out these products before starting the job.
Place the Tiles
Always start working from the center of the room when placing your tile. Mix up your mortar and carefully lay down the tile, working towards the edges of the room. As you place your tiles with the adhesive, use the rubber mallet to gently tap the tiles into place.
Once your tile is placed down, it’s time to break out the grout. Choose a grout color that best complements the room and tile design. The grout will help smooth things out and hide imperfections.
Lastly, you’ll want to seal the floor. It’s best to reseal the grout each year.
Home Improvements: Tile Installation
Tile installation is a job that takes time and careful consideration, but one that you can learn how to do on your own. Don’t rush the process, and make sure to have all of your needed materials.
Start by selecting a tile that best fits your room, then create a design. Gather all of your tools and start laying down the tile. Make sure to grout the tile and seal it in the last step.
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