Iwano and Sons Construction, Inc. is confident that tiling an area in your home, such as a floor, backsplash, or entire wall will add beauty to your home for years to come. Tiles are sold in an array of colors, styles, and sizes and are becoming more popular with interior designers than ever before.
Step One: Prepare the surface
Our first step in this process is to clean the area and remove any moldings, trims, and appliances from walls. Preparing the surface also includes making sure the extra height of the new tiles has clearance after installation under doors, appliances, and cabinets. Next, we will set a sub floor, if necessary, to take care of any unlevel areas.
Step Two: Layout and Adhesion
The layout design of a homeowner’s tiles can add length to a room or add a specific deign element. Our most popular layout is a brick pattern. This pattern breaks up the look of a grid and is pleasing to the eye. Changing the tile look, material, and pattern can transform a room or a whole home.
Once the homeowner decides on the look and pattern of the tiles, we will cut to fit, apply the adhesive, and set. We use spacers in between tiles to ensure each tile has equal measurements of where the grout will be laid.
We start laying out the pattern from the center of the room to ensure that all ends and corners are the tiles to be cut, not the tiles located in the center of the room. The tiles will need 24 hours to set before grouting can begin.
Step Three: Grouting Joints and Polishing
Grout is sold in many colors, but homeowners prefer a gray or beige tone. When choosing a color, remember that this area is the most strenuous to clean since it is in the grooves of the tiles and therefore becomes darker when dirt gets stuck on it. Once grouting starts, spacers are removed, and the beauty of your new floor is revealed. We let the grout sit for 15 to 20 minutes before wiping away any extra with a wet sponge. The sponge will help clean up any residue and smooth the surfaces gently. We will then polish the grout after it has dried and remove any haze on the tile. It is important to let the tile and grout settle in before fully using it for 72 hours for heavy use. A polish or a sealer can be added at this point to ensure the grout lasts.