Tile flooring contractor, Perque Flooring, is a leading flooring service provider in Louisiana. Our experts specialize in tile installation services. We install natural stone such as travertine, limestone and granite as well as manmade materials like ceramic and porcelain.
Common Traits of Tiles:
- Countless Styles, Textures and Colors
- Great Value Due To Durability
- Lifetime Product
- Low Maintenance
- Moderate to High Pricing
- Versatile Applications
Common Types of Tile Flooring
Ceramic is derived from Adobe. Using clay and water, ancient cultures were able to create a hard stone that held up to weathering of all kinds. Today the same process is employed to make the backing for ceramic tile. The design is then glazed on top of the backing.
Characteristics of Ceramics:
- Can Be Installed over Most Substrates
- Can Be Used in Any Room
- Not as Hard as Porcelain, but Sufficiently Hard for Most Applications
- Porous, however no Sealing is Required
- Varying Hardness
Porcelain began in China in dishware use. The Asian culture perfected this product in that it is harder and more durable than ceramic. It is offered in just as many styles and can be used in just as many ways.
Advantages of Porcelain:
- Can Be Used in Exterior Applications
- Extremely Hard
- Extremely Versatile
- Medium to High Pricing
Natural stone has been used as a building material for the wealthy throughout history. However, because of modern advances in mining, natural stone has become a viable option for many homeowners. Generally more fickle than ceramic and porcelain, natural stone continues to require professionals from the selection to the installation process to insure a quality job.
Common Traits of Natural Stone:
- Can Be Used in Most Rooms
- Dominantly Used In Bathrooms, Foyers and Lobbies
- High End Pricing
- Requires Sealing
- Susceptible to Temperature Change
Please be sure to reference your tile floor warranty for specific care requirements! For your general information, however, here are some basic tips and facts:
- As needed, sweep your floor to remove dirt and grit.
- Damp mop once a week (or more often for heavy traffic areas) using a special cleaner we can recommend—just ask your sales associate for guidance.
- Make sure the cleanser you use is a neutral pH compatible with grout cleaning. Never use detergent or soap, which can dull the surface or promote mildew growth. Cleaners should never contain acids, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia, as these chemicals can damage and discolor both the grout and the stone or tile.
- Make sure you wait the proper time for grout to cure before you apply a sealer.
- Use protective mats in entryways and pads under furniture legs.
- Wipe spills promptly.
You want a problem-free installation and, to help ensure it, here’s a checklist of things to do before the installer arrives.
- Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer will do it. If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed.
- Who’s moving the furniture? Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or if you want the installer to handle it. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room.
- In general, your linear or rectangular tile should run parallel to windows or, in narrow rooms, to the longest wall.
- Measure door clearances before you have your tile installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub. Plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door so it does not drag.
- Paint first. If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your tile is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.
To make your tile floor looks good now and for a long time to come, proper installation is critical. Here’s the procedure an experienced installation professional will follow:
- Subfloor: Tile must be installed over a subfloor that’s structurally sound, rigid, level, smooth, and clean. Sometimes, cement backer board must be laid first. Preparing the subfloor is the most critical step in achieving a good installation—and your professional installer will know how to do it.
- Installation: First, the installer will determine tile layout. Then, using chalk-lines as a guide, your installer will spread thinset mortar in small areas and will place the tiles in it. Spacers are used between tiles so that they are evenly placed. After the mortar sets, grout is applied—sometimes the next day.
- Cleaning and curing: The installer will carefully clean the tiles, ridding them of all grout. After the installation is complete, it’s necessary to stay off the floor for 24 – 48 hours, depending on the room’s expected traffic.
It’s a good idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation. And we can also help you choose a highly skilled professional installer. Just call a member of our friendly sales staff.
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