Houston Tile Installation Tips

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If you are considering doing some tile installation in the Houston, TX area, you might want to read this article. I’ll share with you the answers to the most common questions I get asked about it.

I have been doing tile installations for many years now and these questions come up pretty much every time I meet for a first consultation with a new client.

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What type of tiles should I buy?

My answer will depend on your house and your budget, but the best option is porcelain. Porcelain is the most resistant and it should be the first choice , especially for rooms and areas that have a lot of traffic.

Using cheaper ceramic can work, but the color can fade over time in these high traffic areas. Ceramic tiles also come in different sizes which will cause more problems to an installer that doesn’t have as much experience in the installment process.

wooden porcelain tileWooden porcelain tile has become very popular over the last few years; there hasn’t been a month that I don’t receive a call from people asking me to install this type of tile. They tend to be well crafted and with some nice styles they can make any room look nice.

Glass tiles should be used only on walls. Although it looks nice, the problem of using glass tile on the floor is that it will get scratched and it will look pretty bad over time. For that reason, it should be avoided. If you want to create a nice design, try using ceramic, porcelain, marble or granite as materials instead. They tend to be more resistant and look great in mosaics. Stone can also be scratched, but it can be polished. Although the chances of people actually doing that are small.

What size of tiles should I get?

Nowadays the standard tile size that is used in homes is 18 by 18. You might want to avoid using large tiles in small spaces, because it will not look great. Also, I generally recommend to my clients to avoid using smaller tiles.

Smaller sizes are a little bit outdated, in my opinion. But if you really want to use them, you should only do so in smaller rooms. If used with the right pattern, you might still be able to make them look good.

Larger tiles should only be used in large open spaces. It also all depends on your overall type of decoration. They are usually used in a bigger type of entry or in a lobby for the best effects.

For shower floors you need to use smaller tiles; 2 by 2 or 3 by 3 are the main choices. Showers need a pitch towards the drain. And for the installer to be able to do the curved area in the right way, smaller tiles are easier when it comes to creating the pitch and the extra grout lines will also help to make it less slippery.  There are options with larger tiles, but I prefer smaller tiles.

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What patterns should I use?

The type of pattern you choose has to do with the room size and the interior decoration style you want. If you have a small room, a straight pattern is all you need. A different pattern will not be that visible in smaller spaces.

If you have a large room, you can pretty much use any other pattern. Diagonal is the most common one. You can also use subway or a crossed style, too. For an overall more stylish decoration, a French pattern can give your room a nice high-end feeling.

What type of grout should I buy?

If you are using normal spacing for the grout lines, you need to use sanded grout. For no space or very close grout lines you use non-sanded grout. There are many brands and colors and it all depends on the store and your preferences.

Anti-Cracks

To avoid getting cracks on your floors you have to cover the concrete slab with an anti-fracture material like Reed Guard or an anti-crack underlying material.

If you are installing it over wood floors, you need to install cement boards like Durock boards using drywall screws and Liquid Nails.

I hope you liked these tips. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section below.