The tile installation process
First, plan to move all furniture out of the room or rooms. We can help with this; contact us and we'll discuss it beforehand.
A pre-installation walk-through with your tile installer will help ensure that you are prepared for the big day. The matters of removal and disposal of old flooring, trim, sub-floor preparation, and door clearance can be addressed during the walk-through. Tile requires very particular sub-floor preparation. Frequently, a water-resistant backer-board is affixed to the subfloor, providing a secure, stable surface for tile installation. As with all other forms of floor covering offered here at Lockwood’s Carpets, we’ve employed well-trained, skilled and experienced installers for your tile installation project. You can rely on them to produce a beautifully finished job, and to be respectful of your home and property in the process.
On installation day, you should plan to be home. Expect a lot of noise and the potential for some above average dust. With that, you should have a plan for keeping children and pets well clear of the work areas.
First, the installer will determine tile layout. Then, using chalk-lines as a guide, your installer will spread mortar in small areas and will place the tiles in it. Spacers are used between tiles so that they are evenly placed. After the mortar sets, grout is applied—sometimes, the next day.
New ceramic tile projects need time to cure and solidify. Typically, floors should not be walked on for at least 48 hours after the tiles are laid; similarly, ceramic tile shower stalls and counters should remain completely moisture-free for a couple days so the grout can completely dry.
If you have questions about floor maintenance, our flooring specialists here at Lockwood’s Carpets would be happy to answer them for you.