3 se­crets for a great floor­ing up­grade

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY -

There’s more to get­ting new floor­ing than just choos­ing tiles you like and hav­ing them in­stalled. Make these tile se­crets part of your project and you’ll get bet­ter, more beau­ti­ful and longer-last­ing re­sults.

1. Get crack-free floors.

Dura­bil­ity is key with ce­ramic and porce­lain tile floors and the best way to en­sure that your new tiles and grout re­main crack­free is to in­stall an un­cou­pling mem­brane un­derneath the tiles. These are dim­pled plas­tic sheet ma­te­ri­als that go down at the be­gin­ning of the in­stal­la­tion and work by al­low­ing the tiles and sub­floor to move slightly from side to side in re­la­tion to each other. Adding this small de­tail might seem unim­por­tant, but it can make all the dif­fer­ence in terms of your tile floor re­main­ing crack-free over time, es­pe­cially with tiles in­stalled over wooden sub­floors.

2. Use tran­si­tion strips.

Got a tile in­stal­la­tion that won’t sit en­tirely be­tween walls? Will tile edges be ex­posed, per­haps where they meet an­other type of floor­ing? This is where tran­si­tion strips can help. The best are avail­able in dif­fer­ent me­tals, fin­ishes and shapes, but all de­liver the same thing — a re­fined, fin­ished ap­pear­ance where tile edges would nor­mally re­main vis­i­ble.

3. Hire a con­trac­tor the smart way.

Need a tile con­trac­tor to make your home more beau­ti­ful? Al­ways in­sist on a full writ­ten con­tract be­fore the work starts. This should in­clude the con­trac­tor’s war­ranty on their work, so any prob­lems that arise can be re­solved prop­erly. Hir­ing some­one with­out a con­tract is risky and can leave you fac­ing ex­pen­sive re­pairs or an un­fin­ished job. Real pro­fes­sion­als al­ways put it in writ­ing.

The Cana­dian Home Builder’s As­so­ci­a­tion of­fers free in­for­ma­tion on how to hire a con­trac­tor the smart and safe way. Find more in­for­ma­tion at www.getit­in­writ­ing.ca.


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