Tips To Buying Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic tiles are attractive and often last as long as your home lasts. If you plan to install the ceramic tile yourself, it is even more important that you shop carefully. Ceramic tiles are available in a wide range of sizes. In general, the larger the tile, the easier it will be to install. The most important part of installing tile is to keep it even and level. There are a variety of spots that you need to watch to ensure that you are laying the tile correctly. It is important that the mortar below your tile is a uniform height. This will keep your floor from being uneven. If the mortar is thicker in one area than another, your tiles will also be uneven, leading to an uneven floor. The spacing between each tile needs to be even as well. While there are spacers available that you slide between the ceramic tiles to help maintain proper spacing, it can still be difficult to keep each row properly spaced.
As you can see, there are a variety of ways that the spacing and maintaining evenness can be a problem while laying ceramic tile. When you use larger tile, you will have less opportunities to make a mistake with your spacing. Larger tiles are also easier to handle in the sticky, thin-set mortar. Another consideration when you are choosing ceramic tile is the pattern of the tile. Ceramic tiles nearly always has some variation in each tile. If the variation is subtle, it is easier to match. If the variation is more pronounced, it is important to be very careful when laying the tile out. Even a group of tiles that look exactly alike will exhibit subtle changes when set out beside each other.