Your Bathroom a Facelift with a Bathroom Tile Remodeling
When it comes to bathrooms nothing looks better, or lasts
longer than tile flooring and backsplashes. The bathroom is an
extremely high traffic room that also encounters a great deal
of humidity so any surface area has to be well protected
against water, mold and mildew. Tile is a perfect surface for
such a room and it looks great too. A well-laid tile floor or
shower area looks polished but it doesn't take a professional
to make it look good. It may seem scary at first but laying
bathroom tile is not as hard as it may appear.
Tools You Will Need
The first, and perhaps most obvious thing you will need is
the proper amount of tiles for the project you are about to
start. If you are tiling a wall or a floor the method used to
determine how many tiles you will need is simple. Measure the
surface area lengthwise and depth-wise. If a room measures 10
by 10 multiply those numbers for a total of 100. That surface
is 100 square feet and you will need enough tiles to fill that
space. Tile boxes usually will tell you how many square feet it
will cover so be sure to buy enough for your project.
Next you will need a good tile cutter. Cutting bathroom
tiles is inevitable. There is no use trying to avoid it. Unlike
most other home flooring or wall covering tile cannot be cut
easily with a knife or sharp tool you will need a power cutter
especially designed for cutting tiles. It has a water basin
underneath the blade to continually wet the tile as it is being
cut. This will keep the tile from cracking, splintering, or
fraying as you cut.
Small cuts or holes can be cut in tile to fit around
fixtures and light switch areas with a special carbide embedded
rod saw that will fit into your hand saw. This will enable you
to make small cuts to go around pipes or other areas requiring
a cut inside a tile without chopping up tiles to go around and
making a sloppy surface.
Finally you will need mortar to adhere the tile to the floor
or wall, a notched trowel, and spacers to put between the tiles
for a perfect line. With all of your tools in hand you are
ready to begin a fun home improvement project that will make
your bathroom beautiful again.