Whether you building a new bathroom or simply remodeling an old one, tiling the bathroom floor is an intricate process. A bathroom needs to have a soothing ambience; after all it is where you get to soak your body after a hard day at work. Choosing the right tile bathroom floor can be an uphill task. Your bathroom floor has to withstand not only wet conditions but also chemical and abrasion from frequent cleaning.
Every year, over 235,000 of people, in the US alone, above the age of 15 are rushed to the emergency rooms after suffering injuries in the bathroom. A big percentage of this number is as a direct result of slip and fall. Therefore, it is imperative to pick tiles that have a high co-efficient of friction.
Before you start tearing up the old bathroom floor, find out when it was installed. Most vinyl tiles installed before 1980 contain asbestos, which is a carcinogenic that was used in many building products back then, including adhesives and sheet flooring. If indeed your old bathroom floor contains asbestos and offers a stiff base, it is advisable not to tear it up. Simply, fix the new tiles on top of it after considering the resulting increment in height of the bathroom floor and its effect on the doors.
Choosing the best type of tile for your bathroom floor is the next challenge. If you are looking to have a bathroom floor with a neutral look, organic patterns or a natural feel, stone tiles would be the best option. In addition, they give your bathroom a distinctive and textural touch.
Ceramic tiles are affordable, easy to install and maintain hence ideal. Porcelain tiles are pricey. Nonetheless, they offer a dense, waterproof and hard surface. If you are looking for a shiny, colorful and more polished finishing for your bathroom, glass tiles are the best choice. They are also more expensive than the other options.
The choice of color for your bathroom floor tiles should reflect your taste and personality. If you choose black tiles then you should pick porcelain tiles since they are black all through hence difficult to notice when they get chipped. Generally, larger bathrooms look good with dark and saturated hues like deep brown and navy. Installing light colored tiles in small bathrooms makes them feel bigger than they really are.
If you plan to tile the bathroom yourself then make sure you have all the necessary tools like angle grinder and a diamond blade. You will also require grouts, adhesive and cleaners. There is very little room for error when it comes to tilling. If you mess up the slope water will end up pooling. Messing up the pattern could force you to destroy the entire floor and start over.
Laying new tiles on top of an existing tile floor is much easier. You simply start with the middle tile and work your way outwards. Draw lines from the middle of each wall to get the center of the bathroom floor. If you are laying square tiles diagonally, then ensure every corner of the central tile is directly pointing at these lines then trace the tile with a pencil before proceeding.
For new bathroom floors, It is best to start by laying tiles around the floor drain then move outwards to avoid messing up the slope drain.