A tile is defined as a piece of manufactured hard-wear material made from resources such as stone, glass, or ceramic. Tiles can be used for a variety of purposes ranging from counter tops to showers. The real practicality of tile is that they are generally cheap and can withstand many different tasks. This ensures that the surface stays intact but also is reasonably maintainable.
One of the most common uses of tile is in the floor. Floor tiles can range from and of the above materials to wooden and polymer interlocking styles. Many new condos and apartments are being constructed with interlocking floor tiles which cut down on costs and create a floating floor effect. The floating floor effect basically means that the floor tiles aren’t glued down but instead float about the foundation.
A second type of interlocking flooring system that is becoming more common can be found in the garage or other work spaces. These keep the floors more tidy and allow for easier spill cleanup. Should oil or other more permanent stains get caught on the floor which cannot be cleaned up then it isn’t too hard to replace individual sections of the tile instead of replacing and entire area.
Installing tile floor and more specifically an interlocking tile floor is actually quite easy. There are a few crucial steps that must be followed though in order to avoid having uneven floor tiles. The first step is to find the center of the room. Most floor tiles need to be adjusted to the room temperature for 24 hours before installation. During this period, the center of the room can be calculated since this is where the start point is when installing floor tiles.
Step two involves cutting the right floor tile sizes should they not be precut and then systematically working outward from the center until reaching the outer edges. From this point floor tiles may need to be cut in order to fit in the awkward sizes that remain but this should be easily accomplished with the correct cutting tool (the correct tool depends on the material being cut but generally can be done with an electric saw or knife).
Once the floor tile is cut and arranged, use a mallet to lock them together. A towel should be used to prevent damage should the floor tile be made of wood. Other materials like rubber or some polymers may not need such consideration due to the makeup and durability of the product.
The third step is to leave a ¼” gap around all edges including; walls, pillars, and heavy equipment. Leaving this gap allows the floor to naturally expand as weight is placed evenly upon it over the course of time. The gap shouldn’t last for more than a week or two depending on what is placed on the floor and how often it’s walked on.
One more important aspect to consider is what types of temperature and humidity the floor will be exposed to. Most floor tile doesn’t need to be glued down unless it’s going to be exposed to extreme fluctuations or a steady state extreme temperature. If the tile floor is going to be exposed then consider using an adhesive to help keep the floor resistant to dynamic high pressures.
The time it will take to complete this project is dependent upon the installer’s skill level. For the average handy man it will take on average a weekend to install the tile floor. A contractor will probably be able to lay the floor in a day depending upon the size and layout needed. All of these factors also depend on the tools available and ensuring that the operator has the proper training necessary which will speed up instillation.
The cost of completing a floor tile instillation can range wildly and really depends on the customers wishes. An average ball park would be to price a floor tile instillation between $500-$1000 although it could be less or much more. The key factors that will play a role in price include material, size, and installer. Customers should be sure to shop around and seek out the best deals. Finding the best deal can save hundreds of dollars over similar competitors. Likewise, anyone who can install the tile floor is encouraged to do so in the name of saving some of the costs associated with instillation.
Interlocking tile floors will most likely increase with popularity due to their relative ease and cost. Most of the condos being constructed today are utilizing these floors because they are helping more people to attain home ownership. Add to that the fact that they are durable and what is left is a great flooring option for everyone. More information concerning durable flooring can be found with any quick internet search or at the local hardware store. Be sure to consider interlocking floor tile next time because of its amazing features and convenience.