Your guide to floor tiling

We've helped many customers tile their floors in the past year.

Planning ahead

Things to know before you get started.
7 Steps to Floor Tiling
  1. 1. Choose the right tiles for the location

    Porcelain tiles are denser and less porous than ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles are easier to cut and work with. Natural granite and slate tiles resist scratching, and are good for kitchens.

  2. 2. Choose a suitable color

    Picking light colors makes rooms feel bigger and brighter. Select a tile grout that complements the color of the tiles.

  3. 3. Choose a practical size

    If it is necessary to cut around fixtures, choose smaller tiles to minimize cutting and give the room a better flow.

  4. 4. Pick the right grout

    Choose pre-mixed grout if you want to get the job done quickly, or powder if you want to minimize waste by mixing only what you need. For bathrooms or kitchens, purchase grout that resists mold.

  5. 5. Order enough tiles

    Accidents happen, so allow for breakages. Your installer may order 10 percent more tiles than necessary, so be sure to budget for this. Discuss the returns policy with your supplier.

  6. 6. Get the right kit

    A flooring contractor should have everything necessary for laying tiles, including trowels, tile spacers, china pencils, a tile cutter, a level, grout tools, sponges and a rubber mallet.

  7. 7. Discuss your starting point

    Usually, tiles start from the center of the room. The contractor locates the midpoints of the two longest walls and draws a line between them, and then repeats the process for the short walls.

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