Are you looking to choose the right tile for your shower? There are so many different tiles to choose from and it can be overwhelming at times. But guess what, our experts at Plumbtile are here to guide and help you with choosing the proper tile. The tiles that are best to use in the shower are ceramic and porcelain. You do not want to use materials such as wood or linoleum. These most likely will get wet and create a moisture which could cause the lifting of hazardous molds. Continue reading →
Unfortunately, sometimes porcelain tiles can break over time, and then there is a need to replace them. But you may not want to replace your entire floor. You can just replace the tiles that are broken. First what you will want to do is to remove the grout. To do that you will need a handheld grout saw, and carbide-tipped cutting knife, a triangular grout saw, and an oscillating multi-tool with grout. Continue reading →
When setting and creating a beautiful room with gorgeous tiles you will need to do a lot of preparation and planning. Choosing your beautiful tile is just the first step in making sure your remodeling has been done correctly.
Some things you might want to keep in mind before you start placing your tiles. Do you know what type of tiles you want to use? Knowing what tile, you will want to place down whether it is glass, porcelain, or wood tiles will determine the rest of the materials used.
Once that is set you will want to choose the type of mortar. You will also want to get a piece of flat wood or metal board, so you can level the mortar before it dries. You will also want to get grout, a square to lay the tile, and something to cut the tiles.
Once you have all of your materials lined up you can begin by creating a layout design of your room, so you know where you will be making cuts. If you don’t go in prepared you may end up
Making a lot of mistakes and wasting many tiles. If you are using patterned tile you will want to make sure that when you cut it, you line up the patterns.
You will want to make sure you transition any tiles that are on the ends or against the wall. If you don’t transition them properly it will look unfinished and unpolished. Figuring out how you will handle these transitions is part of the planning process because you will need to order these pieces with your tile.
One more tip you want to keep in mind is the thickness of your tile. Tile can become heavy and you will want to make sure your floor joists can handle the weight and put down ¾-inch plywood with ½-inch cement board on top. Check that your walls and floors are flat with a long straight edge. You will want to make sure your floor is level if you are going to use a baseboard-style trim piece. Also, keep in mind that glass tile expands and contracts at a higher rate than other tiles and is more prone to stress fractures. If you have any questions or are unsure you can contact one of our specialists at Plumbtile.