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Tips For Installing A Long-Lasting Ceramic Tile Floor

by Clinton Stone

When remodeling your house, you may be considering tile flooring in the kitchen or the bathroom. If you've never installed ceramic tile before, you may not understand the important considerations of the floor installation. There are a few important factors that can affect the quality of your flooring installation. Here's a look at the things you need to know before you install a ceramic floor in your home.

Considering the Grout

The grout used in a ceramic tile installation is usually mixed immediately before use. This gives you complete control over its texture. Choose a grout color that will work well with the tile to help ensure a cohesive look. Also, keep in mind that the grout color can be affected by the humidity in the air as well as the ambient temperature.

If you're installing ceramic tile in the kitchen, you'll probably want a darker shade of grout. The traffic that your kitchen is likely to see can discolor light grout, leaving you struggling to keep it looking its best. Also, as grout ages, it can start to darken and discolor naturally. Choosing a darker color will help to hide some of that change. Additionally, you can apply a clear sealant to protect the grout once it's dry.

Supporting the Subfloor

An uneven subfloor can lead to shifting and cracking in the tile, as can attaching your ceramic tile directly to the subfloor. If you want to keep your floor sturdy and level, install a layer of backer board on the subfloor before you place the tile. Backer board is usually made from cement, so it will stand up under heavy foot traffic.

Optimizing the Flaws

Ceramic tile has some natural variations in the colors, lines and marks. When you are installing ceramic tile in a space large enough to require multiple boxes, you'll want to distribute them evenly across the floor. To do this in the most efficient manner, just mix the tile boxes up so that you have some tiles from each box together. If you skip this step, you'll end up with clear marks where one box ends and the next one begins.

Installing your first ceramic floor doesn't have to be as daunting as it might seem. With the information presented here, you'll have the inside tips to ensure that your floor is stable, properly sealed and looks its best. If you're not confident in your ability to install the tile on your own, talk with a ceramic tile installation technician such as All American Stone & Tile Care Inc. to help you.