Flooring Installation

June 24, 2011, Comments Off on How to Grout Tile like a Professional

How to Grout Tile like a Professional


by Raymond Alexander Kukkee After that bright, shiny tile is laid and carefully anchored in thin set, you can be proud of the progress you have made on your bath flooring renewal project. To obtain the professional finish you want the tile must be grouted. This guide will show you to grout like a professional. What is grout? Remember the colored cement the guy at the tile center said you would need? Grout helps hold tiles rigidly in place and […]

June 9, 2011, Comments Off on Layout Tips for Ceramic Tile Floors

Layout Tips for Ceramic Tile Floors


by Jim Bessey A new tile floor can transform your bathroom from dull to dazzling. Making mistakes on the layout of that tile, however, can tarnish an otherwise fine job permanently. Of all the preparation errors you can avoid , failure to choose the best layout has the biggest visual impact. Spend an extra hour before you begin to ensure your beautiful ceramic or porcelain selection will look its best for years to come. You might find a simple guide […]

by Jim Bessey Mixing thin set mortar isn’t fun. It’s so much easier to buy pre-mixed products like mastic. You can even get “thin set” in a sealed bucket–for at least twice the price. However, there’s no substitute for the real thing.  If you’re going to install large-format porcelain or ceramic tiles, you should mix your own thin set. When you do it right, your tile project will last for decades. Why is mixing mortar so important? Thin set mortar […]

by Jim Bessey “If you want to succeed, you need great backers”–tile backer board, that is! Tract home builders used to install ceramic tile directly on cheap lauan plywood. In fact, we’ve even seen one or two builders who glued floor tile directly to a house’s sub-floor decking. Either installation method will quickly void your tile warranty, and nearly as quickly produce shoddy results. For great, long-lasting tile floors, especially in bathrooms, always use a cement-based tile backer board. You […]

May 30, 2011, Comments Off on Bathroom Floor Installation Do’s and Don’ts: The Key to Success

Bathroom Floor Installation Do’s and Don’ts: The Key to Success


by Raymond Alexander Kukkee A bathroom floor renovation project can be one of the most satisfying and exciting do–it-yourself projects undertaken by the modern homeowner. With increasingly beautiful flooring choices, modern sparkling fixtures, accessories, and innovative bath designs now available, bathrooms are no longer just that mundane, 5′ x7′ -three-fixture closet down at the end of the hall. It can be a showpiece, and a one-of-a-kind creation of your own doing.   To tackle a floor renovation without a carefully-devised […]

May 27, 2011, Comments Off on Errors to Avoid in Bathroom Floor Renovations

Errors to Avoid in Bathroom Floor Renovations


by Raymond Alexander Kukkee We may prefer to ignore a dated, damaged or deficient bathroom floor, but if the floor is unattractive and in bad condition, it could be time to seriously consider floor renewal. It takes courage to start; everyone knows there are potential errors and gaffes that happen in all jobs, and we can only imagine the potential terrors lurking under that old tile. Bottom line, if the floor displays damage, excessive wear, or is simply out-dated, it’s […]

by Raymond Alexander Kukkee   In the exciting world of home renovation, sparkling bathroom and kitchen renovations traditionally return the best bang for the homeowner buck. It is not, therefore, any surprise that premium value is attached to the renewal of flooring. Is it necessary to replace yours? Read our checklist to decide when your bathroom flooring should be replaced. When replacement of your bathroom floor is deemed essential, many problems can be avoided by considering these tips for successful […]

by Jim Bessey   If you’re ready to take the new bathroom floor installation plunge, chances are you’re considering using ceramic or porcelain tile. If you’re following current floor design trends, then you’re likely using one of the larger floor tile sizes. These big tiles are best installed using latex-modified thin set mortar, rather than a mastic-type adhesive. Why bother with all that mortar mixing and mess? It’s certainly easier to work with mastic. You just open the bucket and […]

Nobody actually looks forward to installing a new bathroom floor. It’s not easy, and it’s not fun. Even if you have two and a half baths, putting one of them out of commission disrupts your normal routine. However, when the job is done, you’ll be much happier with the first room you see in the morning and the last one you visit at night. How do you know when it’s time to replace your floor? Repairs and patches can only […]

by Jim Bessey   You may have a bullet-proof bathroom floor. Up until the last two decades of the 90s, concrete and tile bathroom floors were common. The guys who installed these super-strong floors were as much masons as tile men. You could drop an anvil on a concrete floor and barely chip a tile. In fact, you could fire a .38 from below and the floor would stop the bullet. Seriously. Thirty years later, most of us want these […]