If you are finishing your basement, the choices of flooring are important. Tile materials are an excellent choice of materials because they look great and are water-resistant. Before you start installing the tiles in the basement of your home though, you will want to know what needs to be done to prepare for the installation. The following tips will help you with preparing your basement finishing project for the installation of porcelain tiles:
1. Prepare the Basement Floor Drain Systems and Cover to Keep Them Clean While Installing Tile
To start your basement tile project, you will want to make sure that you have the basement drains prepared. The drain grates should be above the finished tile for a smooth finish. Adjust the drains to where they need to be and cover them with plastic to stop debris from getting in the lines, which can cause serious problems after all the work to finish your basement has been completed.
2. Using Floor Leveler Products to Fix Any Cracks in Concrete Slabs and Slightly Slope Tile for Good Drainage
Floor leveler mixes are often used to get out uneven spots in floors and prepare subfloors for the installation of new flooring. This is also something that may need to be done in your basement. You can improve how floors slope with the floor leveler to ensure any water that gets in your basement goes to the drains like it is supposed to and help prevent damage due to water issues in the basement.
3. Lift Cabinet Units Off the Ground and Remove Trim Materials for a More Professional-Looking Tile Installation Project
There may be trim and cabinet units that are currently sitting below the surface of the tile that you are going to install. To prevent problems and make your tile installation look more professional, you will want to remove the trim and lift cabinet units, which will allow you to run tile under these materials.
4. Finding a Starting Point to Apply the Mortar and Work Your Way Towards Your Basement Exist
When you apply the layer of mortar and start laying the tile, you want the spacing to be good and avoid walking over tiles that have been laid. To do this, you want to start in the area that is furthest away from the exit and work your way towards the exit of your basement as you lay the tile. Once the tiles have been laid, wait at least one day before filling the joints between tiles with mortar.
5. Adding Mortar to Tile Joints and Sealing Your New Tile Floor to Protect It From Water and Damage
Now that the tiles have set in the mortar, you will be ready to fill the joints. Do the same you do when you laid the tiles by working your way out. As you work your way to the exit applying the mortar to the joints, use a wet sponge to clean the joints for a clean finish. Once the mortar has cured in the joints, you can finish the job by adding a sealant to the surface to protect your new tile.
These are some tips that will help you prepare your home for the installation of new porcelain tiles when finishing your basement. If you are ready to add tile to your basement finishing project, contact a porcelain tile supplier and talk to them about the materials that you need to complete your project.