Archives for April 2016

The Best Techniques for Installing Tiles

Take your tiling skills to the next level. Learn pro tricks for dealing with complicated diagonal layouts, extra-large tiles, uneven walls, dried mortar cleanup and other tiling problems.

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Layout Tip

If you’re planning a wall niche, lay out the tile and take some measurements to determine the size of the niche. If you custom-size the niche to fit between full tiles, you’ll get a better-looking installation and avoid some cutting. With a diagonal tile layout like the one shown here, you’ll get full tiles and half tiles. If trim will frame the niche, be sure to factor it into the layout. Read more…

How to Lay a Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Floor

Laying the foundation. An unpleasant question to be faced is “What is your floor made up of?” Plywood is good. But, if you have the typical 1/2″ to 5/8″ particle board on top of a deck made of 2x8s, you have some work to do. After removal of the base trim, the particle board should be pulled up (this is easiest if you first cut it into about 16″ squares)and replaced by plywood. You will need a Skil saw, and if you’re doing the kitchen, you’ll need a “toe-kick saw.” Replace the particle board up to where the tile will stop. While you have the particle board off, you can inspect the deck to make sure it is firmly attached to the floor joists. Now you’re ready for leveling compound (if needed). Read more…

Tile Design Principles & Ideas: Color, Patterns & Texture

For many homeowners ’tile’ also means a material that requires installation by a professional, someone with years of practice and on-the-job experience. Although that may have been true in the past, new materials and techniques make tile installation well within the reach of any homeowner with moderate skills. Installing any kind of tile does take patience, but armed with the right information, most homeowners can install a professional-looking project they will be proud of. Read more…

The Best Technique for Installing Mosaic Tiles on a Floor

Mosaic tiles have been used on floors for centuries. They can be made of any material, including glass, stone or ceramic, and can be plain or come in intricate patterns. Mosaic tiles technically are any tile measuring 2 inches or smaller in the largest dimension. They typically come mounted in sheets to make installation easier, but they still have many special needs during installation. Adjusting for these needs helps to make the installation a success. Read more…

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Glass Tiles

Glass TilesAs with most things in life, glass tiles have their advantages, as well as disadvantages. However, when it comes to these types of tiles, it may be a new topic for those who want to own homes, or build with tiles for the first time. It’s important to consider all of the factors involved in choosing to work with, or forgo, glass tiles.

Firstly, glass tiles come in different types, patterns, and colours, which mean consumers, have many options to choose from when it comes to aesthetics. Homeowners and designers can easily express their creativity and find the tile that best suits their taste and preference.

Another advantage glass tiles have is that they are water tight. Permeation by water, as in the case of ceramic tiles, is very marginal in the case of glass tiles. This means that they will retain their glossy appearance for a long period of time, and that you homeowners can worry less about mould and mildew, which may be the cause of respiratory problems. It also means that glass tiles are suitable for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, where water is usually in abundance.

Durability is another advantage to consider with glass tiles. Due to the fact that they are extremely watertight, they usually have a long lifespan compared to their ceramic counterparts. They also do not decay; this means that you get the value of the money you paid by having minimal repair or replacement costs. They are also very resistant to cracks, which mean that they stay attractive for a longer period of time, adding to the value of your home.

Glass tiles also use less energy to manufacture, when compared to their ceramic counterparts. For instance, a glass tile takes roughly half of the amount of energy needed to create a ceramic tile. There is also an option of recycled glass tiles, for any consumers interested in environmentally friendly products. They are also very easily cleaned. However, though very resistant to stains, it does not mean that they cannot get dirty, but on the plus side, they can be easily cleaned, further adding peace of mind to the homeowners, knowing that they won’t have to replace the tiles often.

Though glass tiles have many advantages, it is also important to note that they also have disadvantages. The first of them is their cost, as they are expensive, especially compared to ceramic tiles. For instance, having repeated patterns may cost up to $100 per square meter, meaning homeowners would have to invest a substantial amount of money for a good-looking pattern.

Another drawback is the difficulty of installation. Installing glass tiles requires specialized labour, which also contributes to the cost, as homeowners will require more money for the installation. They can also be very slippery, due to their smooth surface, which can make them unsuitable for floor surfaces that are prone to spills, especially in bathrooms or kitchens.

As you can see, when debating the option of glass tiles, it is important to consider the pros and cons. Take note of your situation and surroundings to help determine if they would be a good purchase. Considering each factor carefully before choosing any tiles is crucial, specifically when considering glass ones.