Cost Guide And Materials
Tile and Grout Costs
Laying tile isn't only for the professionals. You can save hundreds of dollars by doing it yourself. Tile can be used in any room of the house including outdoor patios. Whether you are laying tile floor, installing a tile shower or tiling a kitchen backsplash, here are some things to know about installing tile and grout:
Select Your Tile & Grout Project
Ceramic tiles consist of clay and water mixed with other minerals and pressed at high temperatures. Glazed tiles resist stains and scratches. It also keeps colors from appearing dull and worn. Unglazed tile is better for high-traffic areas. Non-porcelain ceramic is the most economical option for tile. Porcelain is much harder, but it's also more expensive than other ceramics.
Stone is another common type of tile. Slate tile is excellent for resisting fading and scratches. It is often used in tiling outdoor tabletops, walls and floors in high-traffic areas. Marble is also a stone tile. It is one of the most expensive options for tiling, but many people love its timeless elegance. Marble is recommended only for areas that get moderate use.
The application of all tile is similar. Adhesive holds the tile in place, grout locks the tiles together, and sealant protects it from moisture and scratches. To cut tile, you need a wet saw. This can be rented to save on cost.
Grout locks the tiles together and keeps moisture from getting under them. The type of grout needed depends on the distance between tiles, or joints. Joints wider than 1/8 inch need sand added to them to keep them from shrinking after they dry. Grout is porous and needs to be sealed to keep from holding dirt and grime.
Tiling a backsplash can be tedious work, but the finished product makes a beautiful addition to the kitchen. Various types of tile are used in kitchen backsplashes including glass, ceramic and stone. The endless styles of tile pieces can be arranged in several different patterns.
Tiling in the bathroom is a bit more involved than other tile work. Water cannot be allowed to get through to the walls underneath. Moisture-resistant cement board should be installed before the tile.
All tiles should be protected from scratches and stains. Wipe spills immediately to prevent them from staining the tile. Also, dragging furniture across a tile floor may cause scratches. Grout should be sealed periodically. Clean the tile and grout, and let it dry thoroughly. Follow the directions for the grout sealer made for your particular tile.
Tile floor, backsplashes, showers and bathroom walls add to the decor of any home. You can successfully complete your own tiling projects. With the right tools, your project will come out looking like it was professionally installed without the professional price.
Last updated on Dec 10, 2013