4 Mistakes You Need to Avoid When Laying Tile Floors Yourself

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by

In Carrollton, tile flooring is a popular option homeowners often choose for their bathrooms, kitchens, or other rooms in the home. Though laying down tile can be difficult, it is possible to successfully accomplish the job as a DIYer. However, you need to make sure to avoid these 4 common mistakes.

1. Not Keeping Things Watertight

Depending on the location of your tile job, waterproofing can be a major concern. Before you start tiling, look for any signs of water settling or collecting on the floor surface. If this occurs, you need to ensure the drainage issues are addressed and that the floor is completely level before proceeding.

2. Failing to Prepare the Surface

Not taking the time to clean and prep the floor surface can prevent your tiles from adhering properly. The area must be free of any release agents or curing compounds. You can test the area by sprinkling a small amount of water on the concrete. The water should soak in and leave a mark. If the water doesn’t soak in, you need to clean the area again.

3. Using the Wrong Adhesive

Homeowners attempting a DIY tile job often choose a tile adhesive based on cost alone. Unfortunately, not all adhesives are created equal. Various adhesives are meant for different types of tile and different applications. Do a little research to make sure you get the right adhesive for your job. You should also make sure the glue is allowed to cure for the specified amount of time. It is often a good idea to lay down the dry tiles to get a preview of your design before applying the adhesive.

4. Not Grouting Properly

Grout must be prepared with care. If you mix or clean it with too much water, it will not cure properly. You must also allow grout to set for the specified amount of time before cleaning. Failure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions can negatively affect both the strength and final color of your grout.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous new tile design to add to your home or need help with installation, get in touch with the flooring and design experts at CMA Flooring. In addition to tile, we also carry the carpet, wood, vinyl, and laminate floors Carrollton homeowners love. Give us a call today at 972-418-6606 or stop by our showroom to see what we have to offer.