Published at Monday, January 8, 2018, 16:16:11. by Engstrom Merci in Tile Floors.
Concrete flooring options: Concrete floors are commonly found in newer homes. They are hard-wearing and can hold heat well. There are many ways to change the look of your concrete floors. Concrete can be polished, honed, stained with acid or colored with a powdered hardener to produce different shades of grays, whites, greens, reds and even yellows. The same material can also be used on countertops to match the look of your floors.
Wood: Comes either as solid wood flooring or engineered planks. A good quality wooden floor can last for many years if it is looked after properly. Like stone however, a wooden floor requires a lot of maintenance - it is more difficult to keep clean than laminate or vinyl. Wood is highly susceptible to water damage and staining so it is important to regularly seal the floor. One of the great advantages to this type of floor is the variety of wood types and hues which are available. Additionally wood can also be painted or stained to produce greater colour and style options.
The other sort of material that you might need to use for your kitchen tile ground surface is tile, vinyl, cover or board. These are produced in various styles - and every outline makes them resemble an alternate material from what they are - with adapted textural designs like wood or stone or marble or mosaic.
Grouting: Allow time to dry after installing all your tiles on the floor. You can now start grouting afterwards. Some tiles like natural tiles, marble, slate, limestone, granite and porcelain should be sealed first before grouting. You can also use a specialized sealer to waterproof your tiles and make them more resistant to dirt and staining.
Wood is a great and popular choice for the floor in the kitchen. Upkeep is fairly minimal and it can create a wonderful warm look to your kitchen. You can match the color of the wood floor to the cabinets in the kitchen, or go for a lighter or darker shade compared to the cabinets. Wood flooring can be distressed as mentioned earlier, to help high the dings that may occur. Many of the pre-finished wood flooring options today can easily withstand heavy traffic and even water stains. There are also high-pressured plastic laminates which can be an alternative to the wood floor, but offer a similar look for less money.
Installing: You can now start installing tiles to your floors. Apply an even coverage of adhesive on your floor to avoid lumps and bumps. Rapid setting adhesives are used for concrete floors. Do not spend more than 30 minutes on your mixture because it dries up easily. Mix enough mixture that you can use for tiles that you can install within 30 minutes to avoid too much wastage. Flexible adhesives on the other hand are used for wooden floors.
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