What to expect from your tile installation
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 by Metro Flooring & Design, we have well-trained, skilled and experienced installers for your project. You can rely on them to produce a beautiful finished job, and to be careful and respectful of your home and property in the process.
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.
If you hire an installer through Metro Flooring & Design Flooring, we will talk you through the entire process so you can prepare your home in advance. We send out a professional to measure the rooms, check if there is anything that could prevent the installation from going smoothly, and determine how much tile will be required for the job.
1. Removing the existing flooring
The first step of the installation is removing the existing flooring. Depending on the state of your old floor, the length and messiness of this stage will vary. We’ll let you know before the process begins if removal and disposal of the old material is a separate fee or if it is included as part of the installation fee.
2. Clean your subfloor
We'll ensure the subfloor is clean, flat, smooth & ready for installation. If the subfloor is not concrete, it may need concrete backer boards. These can cause the height of your floors to vary, requiring different transitions between rooms. This process will also involve cleaning, fixing any cracks, and letting any new concrete cure.
The last step is the installation of the actual tile or stone floors. Our installers will cut or trim the tiles and spread mortar and grout as they lay the tile. New tile installations need time to cure and solidify, so although the installation team has left your home, it will still take at least 48 hours until the tiles can be walked upon.
Expect noise, mess, and temporary inconvenience. Despite all this, the end result will be well worth it - a beautiful new floor that is yours to enjoy for many more years to come.
Want to learn more about tile installation?
Give us a call or visit our showroom today!