If you decided to change your floors into the tile one, hold up yet because you still have things to consider before you install one. You should be particular to every detail because it will affect your daily routine. Checking up the foundation first is also a good idea, because if it shifted or moved, then you will have problems with installing your new floor system. For your foundation check-up and repair needs, call professionals of Watauga foundation repair.
Keeping the Baseboards or Not
First, consider if you’re keeping your baseboards or not. Most all of flooring types require a small gap between the wall and the floor’s edge to allow room for movement. If you won’t get rid of the baseboards, cover the gap with a convex molding. This will affect the appearance of the trim.
If you’re installing baseboards, you will not need the quarter round anymore. This will make sure that the appearance is not affected, so if you’re into the aesthetics that much you should go by this method. Also, most professionals prefer installing new baseboards.
If you have foundation problems, think again before you install that tile flooring system. If the foundation is already shifting, the floor will shift too. This will lead to breaks and cracks that will only cost you more to repair. If you have existing foundation problem, flexible floors like laminate or vinyl can handle such foundation shifts. Overtime, you will invest again in new floors because of the cracking.
If you have had your foundation checked and you’re all clear, you won’t experience tile cracking or breaking in the near future. Once the foundation is fine, your tile floor will be fine too.
Installing a Second Floor
If you’re installing second flooring on a structure that has a pier-and-beam construction, the tile flooring will require a waterproof subfloor. Once the wood is wet, it will swell and will lead to tile cracking and breaking. To avoid this from happening, install a cement board. If the area is large, it will cost you more especially if you hire a professional.
If you don’t install second flooring, you don’t need a subfloor. However, you will spend on added materials like baseboards, thin set, grout, quarter and many more.
We know that you only focus your attention to the floor installation, but professionals recommended painting any blemishes on the wall during the tile flooring installation. This way, you don’t want to worry about paint that splatters on your new floor. After the flooring installation, your walls might still get dirty anyway. If you don’t opt for this, create a touch-up plan if ever the walls get dirty.
Refinishing the Staircase
If you’re also installing tiles on your staircase, the challenge is how to finish the steps’ edges. The tile flooring has matching stair nose pieces available even though it’s too rare to find one. Other available options are metal finishing pieces but they will make the look too commercial. The bullnose blends better and is the common way to finish the edges.