One of the most important steps when refurbishing a bathroom is choosing the right floor. The floor is one of the first things you see when you enter the bathroom, and it is also one of the design elements that has the biggest impact on the whole. There are many different types of flooring to choose from, and deciding which one is right for your bathroom can be a real challenge. Ceramic tiles are often the best choice because they are durable and easy to maintain. You can choose to use multiple types of tiles in your design.
For bathroom floor tiles, ceramic is a common choice. Although it is more expensive than most other types of flooring, ceramic is durable and requires little maintenance. It is strong, can withstand heavy traffic and works well in the bathroom. The tiles are water and stain resistant, the color does not fade, they are easy to clean, come in different shapes and sizes and have a good grip. Tiles work well in the bathroom because you don’t have to worry about slipping out of the shower.
Ceramic tiles have some drawbacks, namely the cost. Tiles can be very expensive, so especially if your bathroom is large, expect to pay quite a bit to cover the entire floor. Chips and scratches on the tiles can remove the glaze and if you don’t buy the right brand it may look a bit plastic.
Travertine tiles are another option. The purchase and installation of travertine tiles can be even more expensive than ceramic, so think carefully before making your choice. Travertine does have the most beautiful and natural stone look, which can help you create a modern, spa-like leisure place in the bathroom. Another advantage of travertine tiles is that they come in many colors so you can find the perfect color or pattern for your room. The color varies from very light beige to darker beige. The natural texture in the stone gives any room a traditional look, an authentic look.
One problem with travertine is that it can have natural holes. These may not be obvious, but if water gets in, they can cause mold problems. Therefore, travertine tiles are not always ideal for bathroom floors. Consider both sides and compare your options to make the best decision on the type of tile that will best suit your bathroom.
You can already use some tools at home, but you will most likely need to purchase other tools, whether it be a brand new tool purchased from your local hardware store, or one purchased from a thrift store or garage sales office, without spending too much money. to fit your budget.
First of all, whatever your floor tile project, the most important tool you will need is the notched trowel for applying the mortar bed. These come in a variety of sizes, styles, and qualities, but according to my suggestion, I recommend spending a little more money to get a good high-end branded trowel. They are usually made of stainless steel rather than cheaper plain steel stainless steel, and have been found to be more susceptible to rusting, especially after using wet mortar.
A regular steel trowel may cost half the price for just a few dollars. If it’s just a job you want to use, this is an ideal choice. However, to spend a little more money to buy a better quality and more durable notched trowel can also save energy and personal injury to the opponent and limbs. Cheap trowels are sometimes smaller in size and because of the less leverage of their overall length, they require more effort to deploy, which is sure to tire your wrists and arms faster.
In addition to this factor, they can only come with a hard plastic handle instead of the comfortable foam handle on a better quality trowel. From experience I can tell you that regular use of a firm grip without cushioning will certainly cause unnecessary blisters on your fingers or palms faster than you think.
The handles of several cheaper trowels are usually attached to the flat blade surface with two exposed countersunk screws or rivets, which loosen over time. However, high-quality trowels have a smooth and completely flat surface and the handles are connected by solid welding, which does not affect the performance of the trowel.
Notch trowels mainly have three different sizes of notches to choose from, these notches allow the laying of mortar beds suitable for the type of floor tiles you are laying. For heavier floor tile types, 1/2″ x 1/2″ notched trowels are suitable for laying deep mortar beds, and 1/4″ x 1/4″ notched trowels are more suitable for lighter and smaller tiles . Personally, I prefer to use a 3/8″ x 1/4″ inch notched trowel, which can provide a more flexible mortar bed when laying lightweight tiles, as 1/4″ x 1/4″ inch can be a bit risky to get some leave room for play and mistakes on an incompletely level floor.
Another equally useful spatula is the regular spatula used to mix and scoop out mortar. Again, you will benefit from the long version rather than the short version, which will reduce the workload and provide better coverage when preparing the floor tile mortar mix. These are basically the same as the notched trowels in design, but there are no cuts along the two edges of the face. Second hand quality is very suitable for this type like the one I have used, I managed to get a cheap one but if you are buying a notched trowel spend a little more money and then try to buy a brand new one.
Matt is the father of a proud husband and a 2 1/2 year old daughter, and a young daughter is on the way. He lives with his wife in a 60 year old house and it took him several years in his “free time” to repair the house. Because of his love of floor tiles and extreme sports, the two aren’t necessarily mixed together, but it helps increase his outgoing personality and ability to solve almost any problem. Matt spent nearly 3 years perfecting his book “Unique Step-by-Step Guide: Making Floor Laying Easier”. He wants all people of different experience levels to have as much access to it as possible.