Tile flooring is a catch-all term used to describe any hard-wearing flooring made up of tiles, where the gaps among tiles have been filled with grout.
Tile is a material gravel and sand composite that is baked to a certain temperature size and cut that can be manufactured in many ways, such as soft baked. This type usually has a red back. There are also times it is dried in the sun.
Other tiles are ceramic which have a much tougher surface and usually are a lot more durable. Another option is porcelain tiles, which are 100% waterproof and usually extremely durable. There are even types of slip-resistant quarry tiles that are usually used in restaurant applications that are extremely low maintenance and easy to replace.
Stop by our flooring showroom in Peoria to view our tile flooring options, or give us a call at 602-772-2154 to schedule a free in-home design consultation.
There are many different types and several different styles which come in many different sizes. Some tiles are made focusing only on the homeowner and then there are others made to focus only on commercial applications.
Some of the tiles you can come to take a look at here at Tony Rivera Flooring are Porcelain, Ceramic, Rectified tile, and Slip resistant Quarry tile.
There are several brands available on the market that are made by companies like Shaw and Mohawk. Here at Tony Rivera Flooring LLC, we strongly recommend using tile from Emser Tile which is a trusted source. Arizona Tile is another one of our suppliers.
Our design consultants at Tony Rivera Flooring LLC will be happy to provide their knowledge and expertise to ensure you get the best quality tile floor. Call us at 602-772-2154 to schedule a free design consultation.
Preparation: The first part of the installation process at Tony Rivera Flooring LLC is to remove all debris on the floors or walls. We also will inspect the floor for imperfections, high spots, and low spots. This part of the preparation is extremely critical. The subfloor or walls must be perfectly smooth.
The floor must be within 16th of an inch tolerance. If the floor is not 16th of an inch, then grinding may be necessary. If your preference is not to grind the floor, it will require patching and filling in all damaged areas of the concrete, subfloor, or walls. This again is a major importance to this project.
Installation: As part of the tile installation process below are the steps that the tile installer will follow:
- All areas will need to be straight and clean prior to installation. This is a critical process, or you will not get a quality job with a surface that is not straight and flat.
- The tile itself will be inspected for imperfections. We will need to inspect uneven baked or not completely square, or out of shape tile along with any other imperfections we may find.
- Then we will consult you on the proper spacing for your tile. The spacing between the tiles that you prefer will be dependent on the tile that you choose.
- There are many ways to space a tile to make it look professional. Most people believe they need to purchase tile spacers. This may not always be true as sometimes as little as the tip of a match will be the proper spacing required.
- We will properly apply your product to the floor or wall with the proper adhesive.
- Here at Tony Rivera Flooring LLC all our tile installers care about the job they are doing and are extremely experienced.
- Our tile installers will come to your job with all the tools and materials required. Some tools and materials they will have include a door jamb saw, tile cutter, spacers, grout saw, thin set, sponges, buckets, adhesives, and grouts.
Finishing Touches: Finally, after your tile installation is complete, the tile installer will then follow the steps below:
- Check for any imperfections such as grout bubbling.
- Check for grout hazing.
- Thoroughly walk through the job with you for our final inspection.
- Take pictures of the work they performed.
- Clean all areas where the work was performed such as the area where they cut tile, whether in the yard or the front of the home.
- Take all their tools, clean up, and leave no debris behind.
- The tile installer will make sure the customer is happy with the tile floor installation
The average cost to install the tile is approximately $4 per square foot.
However, we cannot quote an exact price on all of the tiles that are available today as each is different in their own way. Usually, the more difficult the tile is to install, pattern etc. does increase the cost.
For example, there are many different patterns that can be done. A herringbone pattern, for example can cost double, and sometimes even triple. So, it all depends on the type of tile, pattern,
A good quality tile installer at Tony Rivera Flooring LLC may demand a good quality price because installing tile takes time and requires lots of patience.
Format tile that comes in larger sizes, such as 24 inches by 48 inches will significantly increase the cost per square foot.
You can always give us a call at 602-772-2154 for a free in-home estimate. Or come visit our Peoria showroom and we’ll give you some samples to take home.
Is Tile more expensive if done on the floor instead of the wall?
No, wall installation is usually more expensive, especially with subway, glass, travertine, marble, composite, decorative or pattern repeats tile. It also does enhance the beauty and value of your home.
Can Tile be installed in bathrooms and kitchens?
Yes, if done correctly I highly recommend it! The tile is waterproof and, in most cases, extremely durable and low maintenance.
How long does Tile last?
At Tony Rivera Flooring LLC, we will guide you when picking out your tile to make the correct purchase for your project. Whether the tile is installed on the wall or floor with no foundation problems your tile can last a lifetime.
Can I install Tile myself, or does it require a Professional tile installer to install it?
In most cases, it can be done by the homeowner themselves. It is very easy to rent the tools required and transport the material unless it’s a large amount.
At Tony Rivera Flooring LLC, we will gladly provide you with free advice on how to install these products. We also can provide a demonstration; however, you must follow the manufactures installation guide.