Having a lovely tile floor, wall or outdoor area is a great choice for a home of any style. However, there are a few things that you should avoid as you install the tile or have it installed. Read on to learn about the biggest mistakes you can avoid, then contact Mission Tile West at 626-799-4595 to see a line of extraordinary tiles just for you.
Choosing the Wrong Adhesive
One of the most common mistakes a homeowner will make is to choose the wrong adhesive for their tiles. This is most often an issue when the tile is being installed in a kitchen or bathroom because these rooms require waterproof adhesive. If another type is chosen, eventually water and/or humidity is likely to make the adhesive no longer stick.
Not Buying Enough Tiles
It is always smart to buy more tiles than you think you will likely need. Remember that as you are installing them, tiles might break. As time goes on, though tiles are very resistant they can also crack. One of the great things about choosing tiles for your home is if a small portion becomes damaged, you can simply replace that without disrupting the overall feel of the room. This is not an option when your carpet gets marred.
Taking Shortcuts That Are Not Worth It
You might not like installing tile but remember that once it is done, you will be enjoying your tile surfaces for years or even decades to come. Do not take shortcuts such as not thoroughly cleaning the surface before you install the tiles. If you are installing them on a wall, get rid of any wallpaper, if you are installing them on wood then you need to sand that wood, or if you are adding tiles to tiles you need to scour the bottom layer. Skipping any of these steps could have a hugely negative impact.
Adding Adhesive on the Corners of the Tiles
Many people purposely or accidentally add a touch of extra adhesive to the corners of the tiles they are installing. While this might seem like a good idea, it can actually create unnecessary pressure and can cause shrinking. The result? Unsightly cracks and damage.
Making Grout Mistakes
You do not want to grout too quickly, nor do you want to grout unevenly. You should wait at least 24 hours after you have set your tiles before your grout them. Spread the grout with a squeegee and focus on grouting only small areas at a time.
Not Sealing Your Tiles
If you do not seal the tiles you install, they will not last as long. A simple sealant coat can protect them from becoming dirty as easily and help them maintain their luster for longer. If you have additional questions about tiles, contact your local tile experts by calling Mission Tile West at 626-799-4595.