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The Basics of Tiling Your Home

By Malcolm Rivers

Basic Definitions

Tiles are ceramics that you can lay in a pattern, or patterns, in areas that you prefer to keep clean and that are consistently interacting with water or other fluids. Tiles are easier to clean and dry which makes them useful for bathrooms and kitchens. The reason that tiles are important to install, repair and manage carefully is because of the materials they're made of and what can occur when they're not handled properly. Ceramics can become dislodged or crack into smaller pieces and cause a slight security hazard due to the shards or tiles falling out. So pay attention to these basic thoughts on how to handle ceramics in each stage.

Planning

When planning to install tile in an area the first step is to measure very carefully. Tiles have to be placed carefully because the tiles all need to fit in the correct arrangement, with proper spacing between them. So measure the area carefully because the measurements can help determine which types of tiles you can use and which styles or organization make sense or influence other factors. Once you've got an idea, a plan can ensure that the tiles will all fit or help you reconsider the type of tiles and pattern you'd like to use.

The next step when planning to install tiles is to choose the types of tiles that would work for the style you want in the area in which you're installing the tiles. The characteristics of the space in which you're installing tile will determine which sizes, shapes, colors and styles of tiles would be best used. With correct and accurate measurements and a well planned idea of what kind of decor and style you're aiming for, you'll be all set to being installation.

Installation

You'll need tiles, straightedges, tile spacers and a tape measure. The first stage of installation is dry layout. Use the tiles themselves and tile spacers with the tape measure to arrange the tiles in the ways you'd like to see them installed. The second step is to spread to the thin-set mortar on the floor where the tiles will lie after establishing that the tiles fit during the dry layout. Use this process in 2 by 3 foot sections of the floor that you're installing the tile in. Use a snap cutter, nibblers or wet saw to make final cuts on tiles that don't quite fit after having set the majority of the tiles. Then let it dry and don't walk on it for 24 hours while the thin-set cures.

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In 2005, Malcolm attended Harvard University where he received his Bachelors of Arts...

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