Preparing for your tile flooring installation

Preparing for your tile flooring installation

At Sharon and Son's Flooring & Cabinets, we've been serving Orange County residents and landlords since 1984, providing top-notch flooring solutions for homes and businesses alike. When it comes to tile flooring installation, we understand the importance of meticulous planning and preparation. Installing tile flooring can transform your space, but to ensure a successful and long-lasting outcome, certain preparations are essential. In this blog, we'll guide you through the necessary steps to prepare your home for a stunning tile flooring installation.

Choose the Right Tile

The first step in any successful tile flooring project is selecting the right tile for your space. At our Santa Ana showroom, you'll find a wide variety of options, from porcelain and ceramic to natural stone and glass tiles. Consider the style, color, and durability that best suits your needs and complements your home's aesthetic. Our expert staff can assist you in making the perfect choice.

Measure Your Space Accurately

Precision is key when it comes to tile flooring installation. Before purchasing your tiles, accurately measure the area where you plan to install them. This will help you determine the quantity of tiles, grout, and adhesive needed for the project. If you're unsure about measuring, our team can provide guidance to ensure you have the correct measurements.

Prepare the Subfloor

One of the most critical aspects of tile flooring installation is preparing the subfloor. The subfloor needs to be clean, flat, and structurally sound to ensure a smooth and stable tile installation. Depending on the existing floor type, you may need to remove old flooring materials, repair any damaged subfloor sections, and level the surface. This step is essential to prevent future tile cracks or unevenness.

Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials

Once you have the right tiles and a properly prepared subfloor, it's time to gather the necessary tools and materials for the installation. You'll need tile adhesive, grout, spacers, a notched trowel, a tile cutter, a level, and a rubber mallet. Having the right tools on hand will streamline the installation process and help achieve professional results.

Plan the Layout

Before you start laying tiles, plan the layout of your installation. This involves determining where to start, how the tiles will align with walls and corners, and whether any special cuts are required. A well-thought-out layout will ensure a visually pleasing and symmetrical result.

Properly Install the Tiles

Now, it's time to start installing your tiles. Spread adhesive on the subfloor using a notched trowel, then carefully place each tile, using spacers to maintain consistent gaps. Pay attention to alignment and use a level to ensure a flat surface. After the adhesive has set, typically 24-48 hours, it's time to apply grout to fill the gaps between tiles. Proper grout application is crucial to prevent moisture penetration and maintain the structural integrity of the floor.

Seal and Maintain

Once your tile flooring is installed and grout is dry, consider applying a sealer to protect the tiles and grout from stains and moisture. Regular maintenance, including sweeping and damp mopping, will help keep your tile floor looking its best for years to come.

For a successful tile flooring installation, proper preparation is essential. At Sharon and Son's Flooring & Cabinets in Santa Ana, CA, we have the expertise and selection to guide you through every step of the process. Visit our showroom today to explore our wide range of tile options and consult with our knowledgeable staff. Let us help you transform your space with beautiful, durable tile flooring!