HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL TILE FLOORS?
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.