Ok, so. You’ve decided it is time to pull the trigger and tile that area you wanted to tile. Now or never. However, before you roll up your sleeves and start to get dirty – you should consider if you are going to make this easy or difficult. What do we mean? Consider the tile project and ask yourself a few pertinent questions.
Am I Doing This Myself or Am I Hiring Someone?
We always suggest leaving it to the pros. Your time is likely better spent somewhere other than YouTube to study tile cutting, laying, and installation. The job can get loud and messy. However, if you are planning on handling the installation yourself you’ll need to think of the following.
- Tools (level, Carpenter’s Square, tile cutter, spreader or trowel, etc.)
- Kneepads (also a tool, however, it’s a priority when laying floor tile and being on your knees all day!)
- Plastic (to cover everything in vicinity of the project to protect it from all the dust)
- Location of the tile and how big the project will be
- The layout of the tile – how will the borders look? What color grout?
- Appliance choice
For more things to consider, visit this extremely helpful article from DIY Network.
I Have Kids, Pets, or I’m Planning a Family
Think about the traffic that your tile will be seeing. If your big, furry puppy will be running back and forth, or your kids and their toys will grace it with their constant battering, go for tougher tile. Ceramic tile will hold up best against these types of battles. It will last long after the toys aren’t wreaking havoc as they’d used to.
Do Seasons Matter With a Tile Project?
Well, if you are going to be doing the project yourself, then yes. It likely would not be fun to work the tile cutter outside in the dead of winter. However, a good idea to consider is that summer and early fall are typically dryest. Utilizing that tile floor when the elements kick in will be your best idea – so getting a solo project underway during the dryer months is a good call.
Good luck with your tile project! We’re not that worried, now that you’re prepared!