Preparation for Tile Installation

Choosing the tiles for the kitchen floor is the smart and reasonable solution. The tile is durable, moisture and temperature resistant, and easy to clean. In addition, now in the hardware stores one can find a vast variety of tile materials. So, it will be of no difficulty to find the right one for your kitchen.

There are several types of the tiles on the market:

  • The glazed tile is characterized by the porous structure; the glaze is applied on its front side. The tile of this type is suitable for the indoors laying only. The walls or the splash back may be tiled with it, but the glazed tile will not be appropriate for the floor.
  • The ceramic tile is more stable and solid. The enameled covering protects the ceramic tile from moisture and improves wear resistance. You can find special ceramics for the floor of the wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns.
  • The ceramic granite tile is very stable, moisture resistant and durable. The covering of this type will serve for a long time. A few disadvantages may be distinguished, A high price and a narrow option of the color palette are among them.

In order to calculate the required number of tiles accurately, you should know the exact footage of the room. Subsequently, dividing the kitchen area by the area of one tile, you will get the necessary number of tile elements. But it is necessary to consider the following details:

  • sometimes the tiles are not laid near the wall, where there will be furniture and household appliances; in this case, you can save some money;
  • prior to the calculations, think over the pattern you want to see on the floor. You may need the tiles of different colors or a set for the panel picture;
  • think about how many tiles there will be in one row and whether they should be cut or not;
  • the exact calculation of the number of tiles will be possible only after you’ll decide on the molding option.

The floor should be prepared for the tile flooring accordingly:

  • evaluate the state of the surface — the presence of gradient and unevenness will require leveling work, for example, different types of screed;
  • repair the underlay — the offsets should be removed, and cracks and holes should be primed and sanded with the grouting;
  • clean up — use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and sand;
  • make waterproofing, if necessary;
  • pour the floor with a suitable screed.

Then you can start laying the tiles. If you are not ready to carry out all these labor-intensive works on your own, Artmax Remodeling will gladly tackle this matter.


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