6 COMMON SUBWAY TILES AND THE BEST WAY TO INSTALL THEM
When you think of a bathroom tile or a kitchen counter backsplash, you probably think either of simple square tiles or those rectangular, brick-shaped tiles. The latter type is called a subway tile and gets its name from the fact that it first appeared in the New York subway stations.
SIMPLE GUIDE TO UPGRADE YOUR CARPET FLOORING TO TILE
Wall-to-wall carpeting can be a comfortable, cozy decision for bedrooms, living rooms, family rooms, and more. However, at the end of a carpet’s life, it might be time to replace that old carpeting with a nice fresh tile or even hardwood flooring overlay instead.
It may be hard to believe, but removing an old carpet and prepping the subfloor is a completely doable task even if you’re not a professional – it just takes a bit of elbow grease. Many homeowners opt to take on some of this responsibility in the interest of saving money.
Here’s how to properly remove your old carpet and prepare the subfloor to have tile installed to avoid expensive or time-consuming problems down the line!
BEST PRACTICE TIPS
REMOVING CERAMIC TILE IS A TEDIOUS AND LABOR INTENSIVE TASK
You're ready to start your remodel job and install a new floor; but the first step is the daunting task of removing the old ceramic tile floor. Hopefully, you are still flying high on your remodel energy because you are going to need it to get through this job. While its time consuming and difficult, it's not impossible. Just know that it's going to take some work.
KEEPING YOUR CARPET LOOKING AS GOOD AS THE DAY IT WAS INSTALLED
Any home renovation project comes with some degree of suspense, anticipation, and excitement as the final reveal comes closer and closer. When it comes to brand-new carpets, when all is said and done, it can be hard to resist the urge to slip into your fuzzy socks, shuffle your feet, and “static shock” your family members, not to mention the urge to run barefoot on the new fluffy carpet right along with your kids. As time goes on, it’s normal for carpets to exhibit usual signs of wear-and-tear, like slight discoloration/bleaching from the sunlight, dust accumulation, and the fibers becoming slightly matted.
Here are three key concepts you need to learn in order to develop good techniques to care for your carpet and extend its lifetime as long as possible.
WHat you need to know about installing a tile floor
Installing tile might be easier than you think. It is a common way for many homeowners to save some money on the cost of remodeling. It can seem a little daunting but have faith, you can get it done.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU HIRE A TILING COMPANY
We know it can be difficult to evaluate the experience and knowledge of a new installer, but don’t allow yourself to fall prey to the lowest bid ploy
TILE INSTALLATION: The finishing touch that has the power to transform any room into a work of art. So when choosing an installer do so wisely. Like any other work of art, detail is most important.
Two Wood Floor Options To Consider Before Purchasing Real Wood Floors
The Floor Below the Floor
What is waiting to be discovered under your current floor? Do you have carpet or tile covering up a beautiful period floorboard?
From time to time, in historical areas throughout Phoenix, I’ll remove a floor to find flooring that is, in my opinion, better than the new floor that I am to install.
Sure, there is a good amount of work to be done to restore old beat up floorboards, which were likely covered up because the current homeowner didn’t want to invest the time – but in most cases, the timeless style you reap from the sweat of your brow is worth it.
DIY Water Damaged Flooring Repair
Water damaged flooring of any kind is bad news.
Most laminate flooring is free floating (it doesn’t need to be nailed or glued down). When this flooring gets wet, water seeps through the cracks and settles under the flooring. This water will normally turn into mold within a day or two. Since it happens fast, it's important to address it as soon as possible.
Once the concrete below the flooring has become water damaged, or if it contains asbestos, you may want to hire a local flooring company.
A customer asked me about the effects of water damage on laminate flooring. This is a common question when it comes to damaged flooring and flooring repairs.
Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know when it comes to your flooring and water damage.
DIY Water damaged Flooring replacement
In some cases, the concrete below the flooring may not be damaged or soaked. If this is the case, and you choose to address this problem yourself, you will want to begin with removing the soaked flooring (it should be fairly easy as it is normally just connected pieces).
You can expect it to take about three hours per 350 square feet. If you are considering hiring a local flooring company you can expect to pay about $1.40 per square feet for removal. My company charges about $1.20 per square feet including the haulaway and disposal. If you live in Phoenix, AZ and are looking for a local flooring company, contact us for a free quote.
Once the flooring has been removed you can use industrial blowers to dry the concrete below. If you are unable to obtain a portable blower, then you will want to leave the subfloor uncovered for about a week to ensure that it is completely dry.
By: Juan Gonzalez, Owner of Gonzalez & Sons Flooring Design
About the owner
HAVING WORKED IN THIS INDUSTRY FOR OVER 25 YEARS, WE HAVE ACQUIRED THE EXPERTISE REQUIRED TO HANDLE ANY JOB. AS THE OWNER AND INSTALLER ON THE FIELD I CAN ASSURE WE ARE COMMITED TO YOUR SATISFACTION.