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Is your kitchen dark and gloomy? Do you find it difficult to locate the things that you need to cook, bake or serve meals? If you are unhappy with the look or layout of your kitchen, a kitchen renovation is in order. One of the best decisions I have ever made was hiring a remodeling contractor to assist me with the renovation of my kitchen. This contractor had some great ideas for storage, organization and layout that I never would have thought of. If you are considering renovation work in your home, this blog can help you find ways that a remodeling contractor can help you make the most of the project.


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How To Install Porcelain Tile

Ronald Hayes

Porcelain tile is a beautiful flooring option that works great anywhere in your home. If you want to install this type of tile, you first need to remove your carpeting or other hard flooring. Here are some tips for removing your flooring and installing porcelain tiles.

Remove the Current Flooring Materials

Before you do anything, you need to remove your current flooring materials if you have not done so already. To lay porcelain tiles, you should not only remove any current tiles, hardwood flooring, and carpeting, but the trim and subflooring materials as well. When you remove carpeting, make sure you are pulling up any nails or staples you see, otherwise it will be frustrating when you are trying to lay down the tiles and have the nails in the way. Once the flooring is removed, scrape it clean and vacuum up any dust or debris on the surface of the floor.

Get the Subfloor Ready

By now your flooring materials and the subfloor should be completely removed. Now you are ready to start preparing your new subfloor. For porcelain tiles, it is important that the floor is completely level and that the subfloor has been reinforced properly. Porcelain can get heavy, so you need slightly more durability than if you had a subfloor for carpeting before. Plus, if the subfloor expands, it can crack the new tiles.

Start with a layer of cement board, double-checking that it is completely level. You can install the board with roofing nails. You might need to score and snap them off with a carbide-tipped tool so you have a flush, clean edge. Stagger the different pieces of cement board when installing them.

Tape and Mark the Floor

You are now going to tape all of the cement board seams so you don't have any bumps or unevenness when you install the actual tiles. Start applying cement board tape along all the seams between the individual boards attached to the floor to create your subfloor. You now want to create lines on the floor to help guide your tiles. To do this, you need to find a good starting point. The general recommendation is to find the center of the room you are working in, and use a chalk line to create a line from the center along the length of the room, then along the width of the room.

Lay Down the Tiles

The chalk lines you just made will help you lay down the porcelain tiles in the right manner. You always want to start from the center and move along the chalk lines first. This lets you line them up straight so the final tiles are the only ones you may be cutting to remove any potential gaps when you get near the edges of the room. Once they are all placed, add grout in between the tiles and wait a day or so for them to dry. 

If the project feels too big to you, contact a remodeling contractor like those at BretMend Inc.