One of the most popular renovations made to many piece of real estate is the addition of tile. Installing tile is something that almost anyone can do, with a little bit of time and effort, and tile can add a lot to many rooms in the house. Bathroom, kitchen, even basements can take on a whole new look when tile is put in.
There are two different types of tile popular with home owners today. The first is the peel and stick tile. This is by far the least expensive of the tile options, and the easiest to install as well. In fact, when completed people will probably have to ask you if what they see on the floor of your home is ceramic tile or the peel and stick kind, that is how good this type of tile lasts. What's more, it is flexible and lasts for just as long as stone type tile too.
Installing peel and stick tile also requires less time and less equipment than ceramic tile does. In fact, you can cut this tile with scissors, there is no need to go out and buy or rent a special saw for the purpose. What's more, making mistakes is not as costly as it would be if you were putting ceramic tile in your new place.
Ceramic and stone tile, on the other hand, can be very expensive, hard to replace or repair if it gets damaged, and requires a lot more time to install. You will also need a saw to cut the pieces when you are fitting them in. Still, ceramic and stone tile remains popular in high end homes, from Toronto lofts to the sprawling mansions in the Hamptons.
No matter what type of tile you are installing, the key to a successful renovation will be the amount of time you spend planning out the project. Tile is not something you can just start to put in; there is a lot of measuring required. The first measurement you need to determine is how many feet of tile you'll need, so you can buy the right amount from your local supply store.
You will also want to mark a few chalk lines before you get started. Make sure these run through the centre of the room. Mark one line from the entrance of the room you are tiling to the opposite wall, and another from the center of this line to the opposite wall. Start laying the tile from the intersection of these lines to the right and left in full rows, so you have an even appearance throughout the room.