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April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 207

You can make your home more appealing with the right flooring. One of the most popular today is floor tiles. Most homeowners today use this type of flooring because it provides a feeling of luxury and comfort. It can create a formal or informal mood, depending on the type of stone you choose. In general, ceramic floors are the most formal while flagstone floors are more casual. The good thing about floor tiles is you can customize the colors and patterns. They are also more durable compared to wood.

Tips on proper tiling for homes

Style and pattern

When choosing floor tiles, you should always start with the basics. Don't get excited too much and always look for more options. The first thing you should know is the style and concept. It is easier to get the right product if you know what you want. Is there a certain style for your home? Do you want it to look more contemporary or just plain squeaky clean? From this, you can easily choose the color and pattern for your flooring.

Getting the measurement

The best way to estimate how many tiles you need is to measure the floor area in one direction. How big is your kitchen? Are you considering tiling the entire house? Count half tiles as full ones as well. Do the same for the other areas of the floor. Check the width of the tile then multiply the numbers. This will determine the number of tiles needed for the floor area. You should also consider buying extra tiles. Always buy them in one batch and work from several boxes to achieve a good blend of shading.

Choosing the right materials

When using a large scale tile (tiles larger than 300x300mm), combine BAL PTB with a BAL Large format Trowel. The materials will depend on the type of tile you will use. Check the area and the environment. If in any doubt, contact your homebuilder to make sure you'll get the right products.

Different types of floor tiles

Mosaic tiles

Ceramic, porcelain, and glass are ingredients that make up mosaic tiles. This square tiles is usually less than 2 inches, or 2.5 cm. You can rearrange these squares to form a new image or pattern. Many people use mosaic tiles for their kitchen. They combine these tiles with vinyl to come up with more unique flooring. Mosaic tiles are also easy to install. You just need to get the measurement of each box to attach them properly.

Ceramic tiles

Most people use these tiles for their garage to provide more comfort and to cool off the area. Ceramic tiles can be slippery so make sure to use the right abrasive if you plan to use them indoors. There are also quarry tiles available. These stain easily so make sure to seal each one before using it as flooring. You should also check the floor tolerances using a straight edge. Check at various points around the floor. Ideally, there should be no more than 4mm gap 2.5 m straight edge. The maximum for ceramic tiles should be 6mm. Uneven surfaces can affect the quality and appearance of your flooring.

Adelie Bailey is a home developer familiar with various types of floor tiles like mosaic tiles.

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