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5 Tips for Optimal Tile Installation

Whether you're a novice or a seasoned professional, installing tile in your home is a large time and financial investment. Get the most out of your new tile project by choosing the style that's best for your space and installing it properly. Here are some tips for a successful tile installation.

1. Visualize Your Design

Before you purchase tiles and start the installation process, it's a good idea to sketch your floor plan and think about a pattern. Visiting a tile gallery or showroom and looking at design examples may be helpful. Try using an online tile and stone design tool to help match potential color choices and visualize your plan. Having an idea of what you need before you shop will simplify the process.

2. Plan the Tile Sequence

Before the tile is put in place, you'll have to decide on a pattern. Think about it: Do you want to consistently use one tile, or do you want to alternate colors? Do you want to incorporate accent tiles for a special touch or include a border of differentiating tile? The sky is the limit when it comes to creating the perfect tile sequence for your space.

3. Measure and Buy Carefully

After you've settled on a design and selected your tiles, the next step is to carefully measure the space where the tile will be laid. An online tile calculator can help estimate how much tile you'll need to purchase based on the size of the space. It's also smart to purchase extra tiles in case of breakage, and so you have as many shade variations as possible.

4. Allow Enough Time

Once your new tile is installed, you'll need to make sure the mortar and grout dries properly. As a result, the room you're updating will most likely be off limits during and after the tile installation. So, if you're planning a party to show off your new space, make sure you plan adequately.

5. Monitor the Room Temperature

Depending on the type of tile you install, and the time of year you complete your installation, you might have to adjust your heating or air conditioning. The space should stay at the temperature that's specified by the manufacturer. This will help assure optimal drying and curing of your new floor.

The next time your creative juices start flowing, follow these helpful tips, and you'll be on your way to successfully installing your own tile.

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