Preparing for Tile Installation Day
Being prepared and involved will help ensure that the installation process is done smoothly and efficiently. Knowing what to expect will also be a lot less stressful on you, your family, and your home.
Remove all furniture and other objects from the area where the installation will take place. Be aware that the area of installation must be climate controlled. Indoor humidity should be maintained between 45-65%. Please consider how your old flooring will be taken up and disposed of. Remove all old floor covering at least one day prior to installation of your new floors.
During Tile Installation
Be prepared to be home on the day of your installation. Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous, so make sure that children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day. In some cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed for installation. We recommend that prior to the completion of the installation, you do a walk-through with the chief installer. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and to be clear on any final details.
Tile setting remains the same hand-operated, labor intensive process that it has always been since ancient times. The process begins with the preparation of the tile foundation, or the substrate.
After Tile Installation
Good ventilation should be established for 48-72 hours after installation. Painted baseboards, woodwork, and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary, this will be your responsibility. When your new floor is installed, there is always the possibility that the doors may not clear the new floor and swing freely. You may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to help rehang or shave down your doors.
Once the tile has been laid it is your responsibility to maintain areas exposed to water by caulking. This will prevent expensive subsurface damage, as well as keep the tiled areas looking their best.
After the installation process is complete and the grout has had ample time to cure, sealing the grout can provide protection from dirt and spills by slowing down the staining process.
There are also grout colorants that can transform the original color of grout and in some cases act as a form of sealant. Please be aware that non-epoxy grout joints should be treated with a silicone sealer.
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