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Ceramic Flooring Tiles Suffolk VA

Local resource for ceramic flooring tiles in Suffolk. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to ceramic floor tiles, as well as advice and content on the advantages of the modern look that ceramic flooring provides.

CHERRY CARPET INC
(757) 397-5811
2915 LONDON BLVD
Portsmouth, VA
 
Covenant Wood Flooring
(757) 942-2309
2925 Pruden Blvd
Suffolk, VA
 
Southside Paint & Flooring Center
(757) 539-1466
300 Carolina Rd
Suffolk, VA
 
Versatile Flooring
(757) 934-3911
3464 Pruden Blvd
Suffolk, VA
 
Family Flooring
(757) 673-8960
3916 Portsmouth Blvd
Chesapeake, VA
 
TIDEWATER FLOOR INC
(757) 487-2500
3744 COOK BLVD
Chesapeake, VA
 
Unique Gifts & Floors 4 U
(757) 227-1032
522 Kissimmee Ave
Suffolk, VA
 
Beale Flooring Inc
(757) 255-0006
4318 Godwin Blvd
Suffolk, VA
 
Kcs Flooring and Cabinetry
(757) 484-7101
3365 Western Branch Blvd
Chesapeake, VA
 
Gc Jones Flooring
(757) 488-7241
130 Chowan Dr
Portsmouth, VA
 

Laying Ceramic-Tile Floor

by: Creative Homeowner "Walls, Floors & Ceilings"

Laying ceramic tile on a floor requires preparation and precision. For starters, the floor must be smooth and clean as well as sound, strong, and rigid enough to accept ceramic tile. If laying the tile in a bathroom or other area that is likely to be wet, you'll need a water-resistant underlayment such as 5/8-inch exterior-grade plywood. You'll also want to preplan the layout of the tile to determine how many tiles you'll need and to help you visualize the overall pattern that the tiles might form.Prior to actually laying the tiles, remove the shoe molding of the baseboard trim as well as any door that will pass over the newly tiled floor. Because the new floor will be slightly higher than the old, the bottoms of these doors may need to be undercut to allow their unimpeded passage over the tiled floor. To protect against dust intrusion, seal all electrical outlets, air ducts, and open doorways.

Project: Moderately difficult
Estimated Project Time: 2 days or more, allowing for curing time
Estimated Project Cost: A 12' x 14' area using 6" x 6" standard grade 4 tile, may cost between $500.00 - $1500.00 depending on the cost of each square foot of tile.
Start Tips: Remember to allow for grout spaces between each tile.
Safety Tips: If adhesive is organic, volatile, or toxic, provide plenty of ventilation and wear a NIOSH-approved respirator as well as safety gloves.
Recommendation: Do-It-Yourself

Tools and Materials:

  • Framing square
  • 1x2 or 1x3 wooden battens
  • Hammer and nails, or screwdriver and screws
  • Ceramic tile, grout, and adhesive
  • Molded plastic spacers (nubs), or cord or wood strips to act as spacers
  • NIOSH-approved respirator and safety gloves, as needed
  • Notched trowel
  • Straightedge
  • Sheet of plywood
  • 2-foot length of 2x4 lumber and scraps of carpet for making bedding block
  • Rubber mallet
  • Pencil
  • Glass or tile cutter
  • Tile nippers
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Rubber float or squeegee
  • Tile sealer and grout sealer, as needed
  • Flexible silicone caulk
  • Sponge
  • Jointing tool or old toothbrush
  • Clean cloth
 

Mark Guidelines
Draw intersecting guidelines that form exact 90-degree angles to each other, using a framing square. These intersecting lines are usually established at the center of the room, but if the room has an irregular shape, various entrances, or walls that are curved, you may want to choose another reference, perhaps an important line of sight, for establishing these guidelines. Use chalk and a straightedge to draw these lines all the way to the walls.

 

Dry-lay the Tiles Across the Room
Lay out a row of tiles extending to the wall along each guideline. Remember to allow for grout spaces between each tile. (Some tiles have built-in spacers, called nubs; you can also place molded plastic spacers or similar it...

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