So you’ve decided that it is time to get that big tile project underway. You’ve gathered a bunch of information, began to review tile options, and consulted with significant others on project aspects. Since we’ve been a part of so many projects over the years, we want to share with you some basic things to address when planning your tile project.
Tile Project Prep, The Simplified Version
First things first: choose your tile.
This is an area we can certainly help with. Choosing tile depends on a few aspects. What look are you trying to achieve? What area is the tile going to be in? Depending on the space, you may choose one tile over another based on durability and traffic. Visit showrooms and look at tile up close. Many of our customers come in with an idea, but find other choices from scheduling a visit. Be open-minded but clearly communicate a vision you’d want to achieve. We can help with the rest!
After the tile has been chosen, ordered and is awaiting your next move, it’s time to prep the room. Ensure that people are aware of the project at hand. While stone tile can be installed over existing vinyl flooring or tile, we suggest removing all old flooring to ensure the subfloor is in good condition for an install. A note to the wise: having some fans handy to blow the tile demo dust out and away from your lungs is a really good idea. Hammer and chisel the old tile, and use a floor scraper to remove and of the final remnants of old thinset. Thinset is the adhesive that is a mixture of cement, fine sand, and water. Start your project with a clean palette – it makes a world of difference!
Remember, determine your subfloor type in order to optimize your choice of materials you will require. Subfloor can be concrete, wood, or mortar. Knowing what you are working with will ensure you make the right choice in moving forward with laying down your new tile and getting your project underway. You are now ready to get into the dirty work – so roll up those sleeves and get to tiling, or consult us for contractor suggestions in the NY/NJ area. We know some very experienced tile professionals who would love to help!