Floor Architectural Accents
Tile Floor: "Timeless" Unmatched Beauty & Elegance
Starting Point The
Planning Process Design
|Homeowners are fully aware of the
elegance, beauty and durability that 'Tile Floors' bring to their home. An ever increasing
number of homeowners are including tile floor design accents in their
building and renovation plans.
Additionally, contractors are offering a
wider array tile floor
options/upgrades in their building and remodeling projects.
The good looks and style
that a tile floor adds to a room has been legendary for 'literally'
centuries. The durability is unmatched, and the 'value' proposition of
tile floors as measured on return-on-investment is unequalled.
|Not only does a tile floor look great, but it also has a practical side.
Cleaning is simple. Maintenance is virtually non-existent. The design
choices are virtually infinite, (which is good- news and bad-news). What
you can accomplish with the help of Tile
professionals is limited only to your
imagination and budget.
Decisions: (top of page)
Where do you start when you are
considering to use Tile Flooring ? The following is the first question to answer before you
get started with the planning process.
Each type of
project will require a different approach to the planning, design,
implementation and ultimately the cost of the project.
professionals to participate in this
early stage of
your project to achieve maximum return on your flooring investment. This
level of involvement is a standard part of our project methodology and
does not add additional cost to the overall project.
you choose the 'Do-Some-Yourself' level of service offered by
this is the recommended starting point.
With the above question answered and
involvement of Tile
Artistry professionals, you can
start planning your 'Tile Floor" project.
The first task to complete is
selecting the tile, trim and other details.
Choices----- Size &
Type of tile, Pattern...etc
Obviously, the first decision is the
actual tile that you believe will be perfect in the space. The variety of tile
is huge, and can sometimes confound the client.
client is faced with several decisions, such as size of tile, pattern, floor
design and of course color & texture.
prices can appear to vary a great deal. But the old adage, 'You Get What You
Pay For' is true with tile.
price varies, but the vast majority of projects do not require specialty tile.
Therefore, reasonably priced tile is perfect for all but the most complex
Artistry professionals will assist you
through this process, but ultimately you must 'Live" with the selection,
therefore the final decision will be yours.
-----floor structure is
most critical aspect of a high quality floor tile installation is the existing floor
system (structure). The floor MUST be structurally sound,
reasonably level and free of defects.
The two most common
floor systems are wood framed systems and concrete (concrete slab). The
wood framed system is typical on most residential construction whether
on the first or subsequent floors. Concrete slabs are typical in
basements (including walkout/daylight basements) and patios (both
indoor & outdoor).
over wood floor:
Each client must
understand, that a floor tile installation over a wood structure floor
system actually requires the installation of two floor systems. The
first installation is underlayment material, the second installation is
the actual tile you have chosen.
implications of this fact is that there is an additional cost over and
above the cost of the tile job alone. Underlayment material is reasonably
priced and available at all supply houses and home improvement stores. It must be
stressed, that only under extremely unique circumstances can a ceramic
tile floor be installed over a wood floor structure without the
installation of a sub-floor.
over concrete slab:
tile installed on a concrete floor system (concrete slab) is
straight-forward. Under normal circumstances, a sub-floor is not
required. If the floor is dry, not cracked and generally
level, ceramic tile can be installed directly over the concrete. The
cost of underlayment material and labor are avoided. This makes the use
of tile in a basement (including walkout/daylight basements) and patios (both
indoor & outdoor) very cost effective.
Step ----- (top
project methodology begins with a No Obligation Project
Assessment. It is a very simple process, our
professionals will consult with you on;
- Material Acquisition & Cost
will highlight risks and pitfalls. This is especially critical
on renovation and/or restoration projects.
begin the planning process. Our professionals will advise you on how
best to utilize Industry Best Practices on your tile project.
Click here to
schedule a No
Obligation Project Assessment.
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