Tilling a Kitchen
Tiling the kitchen is an excellent decision. Tiles are durable and sturdy, standing firm against a lot of foot activity. There are many choices for tile, including:
If you're DIYing your tiles, tiling your countertop, backsplash, and floors all share similar techniques. If you're not familiar with tiling we'd recommend hiring a professional to do it for you - while it can seem expensive, the convenience is well worth it for many people. Tiling can be difficult, tedious, and take a really long time for anyone who hasn't done it before. However, if you'd like to try your hand at it, here are some tips.
Apply a Good Substrate
The typical substrate for counters or floors is three quarter inch plywood. While it's possible to apply tiles around laminate countertops or vinyl flooring, we strongly recommend changing these out. In particular, if your existing substrate is old plywood that has suffered water damage or the like, it's essential to replace this with new, undamaged plywood for the best base. Make sure your plywood is clean and undamaged before beginning tilework.
Backerboard is a cement sheet imbued with fibers for quality. It can get screwed on the substrate. The benefit of backerboard is that it's practically impenetrable to moisture, and it lies flat. Moisture resistance is crucial in kitchen remodels, for either counter or the floor. A flat surface makes sure substrate flaws don't readily crack in the future.
Whether you're tiling a floor or a counter, you should locate the middle part of the area before laying tiles. Estimate the width and length of the region and mark the midpoint of the intersection of the measurements. Arranging tiles from the center outward results in a pattern that is appealing, with fewer trimmed tiles in telltale places. Mark lines with chalk to ensure any lines of the layout are simple to see.
Dry then fit the tiles before squeezing them in place permanently. A dry fit offers the chance to install and test tiles before selecting a specific design. Remember, keep your chalk layout lines in view; don't cover them up. Put plastic spacers between the tiles to make sure they are separate and at the correct distance.
Lay tiles before cutting them. Use saws specifically designed for cutting stone or tile. We recommend a diamond-bladed wet saw for many items, especially difficult-to-cut and dense porcelain.
When the tiles have fully cured for twenty four hours, use grout between the joints. As the grout solidifies, clean the surfaces of the tiles with a clean sponge and water to get rid of the excess. The application of sealant is vital when the grout has entirely dried up. The drying process usually takes three or four days, depending on moisture conditions and type of grout.