The Fundamentals of Tile Setting
How to Choose the Right Contractor For Your Home Remodeling Project
Tile is an essential item in any home remodeling project. A home remodeling investment, such as a decorative floor or custom tile shower design, can boost a home’s resale value, or reinvent an outdated room. Here are some items to keep in mind when planning a bathroom or kitchen renovations.
Ask Questions About How Tiling Will Be Done
Professional tile contractors should be able to describe how they will start every room from the center and to work their way outwards. This ensures that the tiling is even and symmetrical throughout the space. Asking a potential contractor about their tiling process will help you assess their skill level.
Tiles for Interior Home Remodeling Projects: Natural Stone, Marble Tiles and Ceramic Tiles
Most manufacturers create tiles for a specific use. Of course, each manufacturer has different rules when it comes to sealing the grout joints and using sealant enhancers, so it’s important to follow the directions carefully. Also most tiles designed for a floor can also be mounted to a wall.
With natural stone and marble tiles, the pieces are never perfect so it takes a skilled hand to properly lay the tile flooring. Find a tile setter who’s had at least five years experience with natural stone or marble; they will be able to successfully finish the project quickly and efficiently.
Certain ceramic tiles will include artistic and intricate designs. In general, ceramic tiles are meant for indoor use only and will crack under stresses such as water or freezing temperatures.
Tiles for Outdoor Home Remodeling Projects: Porcelain Tiles
Backyard landscaping often requires tile work for a patio or a porch. Porcelain tiles are a good option for these outdoor projects. Just keep in mind the surface finishing on the tiles, as a glossy finish may turn slippery in cold weather. Remember: all tiles are rated for slip resistances so check the coefficient of friction rating before you make any purchases.
New Bathroom Remodeling Trends for the Future
Custom-made tile showers are in demand, and they are being built to protect your home as well. Showers can now be fully waterproof from the ceilings down by utilizing one of the newest ceilings to floor waterproof membranes. Unlike traditional showers where only the shower pan on the floor is waterproof, the latest ceiling to floor waterproof membrane prevents mold from developing behind shower walls, which is an extremely common problem in bathrooms. Although this kind of waterproofing is currently more costly it may save you money in the long run and it will protect your health.
Home renovations or kitchen and bathroom remodeling can appear to be a huge project that requires many decisions. It is essential that when tiling on floors or walls you hire an experienced, professional tile setter that will create the look you want that will last well into the future.
About the Author - Brooks Suttle of Beautiful Home
Brooks Suttle is the founder of Beautiful Home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Beautiful Home specializes in helping homeowners, real estate agents, commercial property managers and homebuilders in Asheville, NC and the surrounding areas find quality, licensed contractors. The Beautiful Home database features painting contractors, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, home remodeling professionals, carpenters and more located throughout Western North Carolina. Customers receive referrals for licensed contractors that have been investigated and reviewed by Beautiful Home staff at no charge.