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Ceramic Tile0

  • Ceramic tile is an enduring choice for homeowners, although its installation is more complex.
  • A firm subfloor surface is a must for ceramic tile installations.  Tiles can crack or pop-off if the subfloor is not firm.  Your floor joists must be no more than 16” on centre to ensure the strength required to support your new tile.  Don’t install tile over any flooring surface that has any “flex” such as particle board, hardwood flooring, or cushioned vinyl.
  • Tile requires a flat surface for installation.  The floor should not dip or rise more than 1/8” in a 10’ span (length).  Check the flatness of your subfloor by laying a straight edge that is at least four feet long on the floor.  If the floor has some high/low spots, use a self leveling cement filling or latex fortified patching compound to reach the necessary flatness.
  • Your installation will require some tile cutting in order to achieve the best use of material and the most aesthetically appealing look of your finished floor.  Cutting tile outside is highly recommended since dust and debris are created by the cutting process.  If cutting outside is not an option, consider using plastic tarps to block off the room from the rest of the house. Ensure that your furniture is covered to minimize the mess.
  • Grout line thickness and grout colour are important elements of your floor’s finished appearance.  Speak to your flooring retailer about the many options available.
  • Non-epoxy grout joints should be treated with a silicone grout sealer twice a year to help preserve the grout colour and to prevent discolouration from spilled liquids.

 

Vinyl

  • Do not use any products containing petroleum, solvents or citrus oils to prepare or clean your subfloor prior to installation.  The chemicals in these types of products can stain your new vinyl floor and will appear as spots on the surface.
  • Allow five days before thoroughly washing your floor to let adhesives cure.
  • Do not roll heavy objects directly onto a newly installed vinyl floor for at least five days (consult the manufacturer’s installation recommendations). This will avoid compression marks on your new floor.   These compressions can become permanent after the adhesive cures.
  • Sheet vinyl is simple to install and is very forgiving but you still must follow subfloor preparation recommendations of the flooring manufacturer.
  • Ensure that the manufacturer’s recommended adhesives and seam sealers are used for the job.  Doing otherwise may cause problems and void your warranty.
  • There are specific installation methods that need to be followed if you have a southward facing patio door adjacent to the flooring, because this flooring will be subject to more light.