Laying Ceramic Tiles
Laying ceramic tiles on your own can be a true challenge particularly if you have no help at all. Several dilemmas will require all your attention and immediate solutions. First of all you'll be at the loss when you go to the store to buy the tiles; cheap products will usually make the installation process pretty painstaking, not to mention the fact that tile decay may occur a lot sooner than you may expect it.
Do not check the materials only before laying the ceramic tiles, take this precaution measure when you are at the store. Thus, you'll know for sure whether the corners of the tiles are well cut and if the size of the tiles is all the same. The slightest difference in sizing can compromise the entire process of laying ceramic tiles.
Laying ceramic tiles over some older ones can also be problematic. There are two conditions for such a process to be possible: that the old tiles should not have a sealant and that they be clean. One other thing to keep in mind is that the floor thickness will increase accordingly, which can be a problem for doors and windows. Therefore, the best advice you can get is to remove the old tiles before installing a new flooring pattern.
Grout choice is one other issue when laying ceramic tiles on your own. First of all, the entire installation is very difficult as it consumes both time and money; consequently it is of an utmost importance that the grout be correctly selected so that you don't end up spoiling your work. If the colors of tiles and grout are contrasting, you'll most certainly achieve a grid highlight. Depending on the size of the tiles and the intensity of the contrast you can have either a very pleasant look or a busy one.
Laying ceramic tiles is a good way of creating a durable and very attractive floor in kitchens, hallways and bathrooms. In case you intend to tile the walls too, the vertical surface should be the first to begin with. All the considerations here apply to a variety of materials: marble, granite, slate, not just ceramics.
Moreover, make sure that you have all the tools necessary for the operation, and that you don't start work without planning and measuring everything in advance. Purchasing enough material can be very important given the fact that it would be quite unpleasant to run out of tiles, since consistency in color and shape is essential for the good looks of the entire work.