How long it takes to install a tile floor depends on several things, including the skill level of the worker, the material and the size of the room. According to experts, it takes a beginner about 16 hours to lay ceramic or stone tiles in an average room. A person with intermediate skills takes about 12 hours and experts, such as our Lewisville professionals at Pro Flooring, take about 10. This doesn’t even add in the hours it takes to prepare a subfloor, which takes a pro about 4 hours.
Before even the subfloor is prepared, we help our customers pick the type of tile they want for their floors. Ceramic tiles are made of clay that’s fired at high temperatures to make them water and stain resistant. Glazed tiles are even more water resistant, but they need to be textured to prevent slippage. Porcelain tiles are even tougher and more waterproof than ceramic. The clay has more of a substance called kaolin, and porcelain is extremely hard and vitreous. Stone is a natural material that’s almost indestructible, but most types of stone tiles must be sealed, and the subfloor may need to be reinforced since stone is heavy. But stone is elegant and easy to take care of.
The right way to buy tiles is to measure the area of the floor, and add about 10 percent to the number to allow for the inevitable broken tiles. Also, we tell our customers to make sure that all of the tiles have the same dye lot number, if that’s appropriate.
Once the subfloor is ready, laying ceramic or stone tiles are fairly easy for our professionals. We start in the indie of the room and work out as we apply adhesive to the floor and set the tiles a section at a time. We use a wet saw to cut our tiles.
Laying mosaic tiles on the floor is even easier, because mosaic tiles come in sheets with a mesh backing. This means they are perfectly spaced and don’t need those tiny plastic spacers stuck between the individual tiles. The one tricky part of laying mosaic tiles is to make sure that the mortar isn’t too wet or dry, is the right height and doesn’t squeeze out between the tiles. But our professionals have this down to a science.
Other tiles we install are resilient, or vinyl composition tiles. They are inexpensive and quite easy to install and don’t require that the subfloor be strengthened. Some of them are even self-stick, but our professionals add a layer of resilient flooring adhesive just to make sure.
For more information about installing tile floors, don’t hesitate to call us at Pro Flooring LLC, the Dallas area flooring experts. Our number is (972) 497-1130.