Laying Ceramic Floor Tiles

Author: dpinning  //  Category: DIY Tips, Tiles

There has been a huge leap in the popularity of ceramic floor tiles, possibly due to the beauty of some of the bathrooms that we have all encountered when on holiday in places like Spain. As a consequence tiling bathroom and kitchen floors has increased and it is ideal for a DIY person to do his job and see excellent results. The obvious advantages to a tiled ceramic floor, apart from the decorative appearance, is that they provide a clean hygienic surface and any spills can be quickly and easily cleaned up, they are hard wearing, but remember that ceramic floor tiles can be regarded as just about permanent. A good tip when tiling a kitchen or a bathroom is to keep sufficient extra tiles in case the kitchen units, or say the bath, are replaced and are slightly different in size or shape.

The first thing that you must do is to measure the room to see how many ceramic tiles you will need, remember some extra tiles to keep and also allow between ten to fifteen percent extra for cutting and wastage. Floor tiles come in two distinct shapes oblong or square, with square being far more popular and incidentally easier to lay; you can also choose from textured finishes to elaborate designs, this will give your floor a very special look. You will require adhesive and the coverage will normally be shown on the bucket, otherwise ask the DIY supplier.

Laying the tiles onto a concrete floor is ideal, but because there have been big advances in the modern adhesives, this has meant that it is now possible to lay ceramic tiles onto a wooden or suspended floor. Just one point to remember though, once laid you will not be able to access things like water pipes or cables which may run under a suspended floor.

Picture: Alwyn Ladell

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