Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tiling Project Ideas: Bathroom Remodeling Made Easy

One of the better ideas for a tiling projects is to remodel your bathroom. Doing the project right is important, however, and one way to start is to pick the right tools.
A Beautiful Tile Project Depends
on Good Quality Tile Tools

How Can the Right Tile Tools Help?

Can the right tile tools truly make a difference in the success or failure of a remodeling project, or any other tile project? In a word, yes. If you have contractor grade tile tools, it will give you the flexibility to make other decisions considering your remodeling project. Bathroom tiles come in a delightfully wide array of options that are almost limitless. With a very extensive range of colors, sizes, and designs they can make up the best-fitting patterns to match your taste. For your bathroom remodeling project, tiles are made from various materials you can choose from including ceramic, linoleum, natural stone, glass and porcelain. But whichever material you choose for your bathroom tiles, consider the pros and cons carefully.

Natural stone is beautiful, but you want to make sure that it is sealed and textured to avoid being slippery, particularly in a bathroom. You also don't want to use any u- glazed tiles such as terracotta in a bathroom as these tiles will need to be cleaned frequently to avoid stains. All you need to install them? A bit of know-how and the right tile tools for the job. First off you're probably going to need a tile saw or a tile cutter.

With bathroom remodeling, it is important to already have a pattern in mind before selecting and buying bathroom tiles. It is the pattern of your choice that will bring out your own individuality in your finished project. When it comes to tile ideas, you will never be at a loss as there are more than enough resources in the internet alone. To help you out in this home improvement, here are several general tips and ideas to create a stunning new look for your bathroom.

Tile Tips and Designing Your Dream Bathroom With Contractor Grade Tile Tools

One good idea is to install contrasting colors for your walls and floor. Make the bottom layer the same color as the floor, or a complementary color. Then to add some variety, maybe put a dividing line of a darker or lighter color with maybe a vibrant tile thrown in here or there to draw the eye. And don't forget the borders. Adding borders are great for trimming your project and giving it a sharp clean look. However, it's not just the tools you want to think about. We live in an age with grout color seal that can bring out the color in your tile.

Plain white grout lines are classic, however, why not get some in a mocha color to go with the earth tones of your master bathroom, or maybe a nice spruce color grout to go with the blues and greens of your tile color scheme?

It all depends on you and your imagination.  Start with professional grade tile tools.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tile Installation Tips: Install your Tile Flat

Here is an important tile installation tip. Make sure that your tile is flat. Why? Trip hazards for one, as well as tile that is too high or too low will look dilapidated.

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Here is a supporting tile installation tip from the Floor Elf: "I constantly reiterate the need for a tile installation to be flat. Not necessarily level, but always flat. This is the mark of a true professional and the thing that turns an ‘okay’ installation into a spectacular installation. (Did I just type ‘spectacular? Jesus…) Anyway, the method I use on floor tile to get it flat is fairly simple and ensures that each tile is the exact same height as the tiles surrounding it. Before I show you that you need to understand, as always, that the substrate preparation is the most important aspect of this. If your tile substrate looks like a skate park you’re never going to get a flat tile installation over the top of it. Your substrate needs to be as flat as you can possibly get it. Take time with your preparation – it makes the rest of the installation run smoothly and gives you a solid foundation. Start by getting a few tiles set and make sure they are all flat with your straight-edge, just place the straight-edge on top of the set tiles and ensure that there are no open spaces beneath it and that every tile is the same height. You can push down on tiles that may be a bit high or take a tile up and place a little more thinset beneath it to raise it some. Once you have that correct the rest is cake, baby! (You ever seen a cake baby? They’re messy…) All these photos are of a travertine tile bathroom floor. I used travertine photos because it happens to be one of the least dense stones and usually have quite a few pits and open spaces in the stone itself. If the tile is ‘filled’ travertine, as this is, it is normally only filled from the front so that, once installed, it has no open areas or pits on the face of the tile. [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]

The next thing you want to realize is that while the tile type you're working with is important, so are your tile tools.  Only buy contractor tile tools.  But where can you get such things?

Where Can I Buy Contractor Grade Tile Tools?

Where can you buy contractor grade tile tools? While you may be able to find a tool supplier in your town, unless you live in a major metropolitan area, you might run into some difficulties. A great place to buy tile tools is online.

A good online supplier will have both tile tools as well as grout.  So remember, start with your tiles.  Only get professional grade tile tools.

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