Needless to say, the entrance to your home gets the highest traffic. And for that, your choice of flooring for this part of the house should be durable enough to handle it.
For me, having tiles on the entrance is the most practical choice because it’s not only durable but easy to clean as well. Oh, and with the many choices of tile flooring ideas, it’s not going to be a boring entryway too.
Removing the Old Flooring
If you’re renovating your house and replacing the flooring on the entryway, try to remove the old flooring as carefully as possible. You would want to remove the old flooring while causing minimal damage to the floor, ok? Otherwise, you might have to repair a heavily damaged floor before you can install new tiles.
Leveling the Floor
Leveling the floor before installing the tiles is really REALLY important, so please don’t take this step for granted. If the floor is not leveled properly, the tiles will be prone to cracks. Here’s how to do it properly:
- After you’re through removing the old flooring, vacuum the area to make sure that there are no debris left from the work.
- Mix and pour a leveling compound on the area you’re working on until the entire surface is covered. Do this slowly so that the compound can work its way through the imperfections on the floor. This substance will make the leveling job really easy because it automatically seeks out the parts that are high and low and end up making the surface smooth and leveled.
- Ok, I did say the leveling compound will automatically level the floor, but you still have to double check it. Inspect various portions of the flooring by using a level tool so that you can remove excess compound in high areas and add more to low areas.
- When you’re done checking the level, allow the leveling compound to dry up completely.
Finding the Center
Planning the layout of the tiles begins by finding the center of the area that you’re working on. No, you don’t start from the side, because that will result in an unbalanced look. Start at the center instead, so that the remaining spaces on the sides will also be equal.
Laying Tile Flooring
Although laying tiles can be done in a straight line, I always recommend the diagonal style of installation. It just looks prettier, somehow. So anyway, put the pieces together like a puzzle and make sure that all the lines are straight.
We installed the square tiles diagonally to add sophistication to the tile’s design. But of course, you can also install tiles in a straight line if you want to.
Installing the Tiles
So finally, you can start installing the tiles. Again, start from the center and install the whole pieces first. Also, work from the entrance door going backwards and not the other way around.
Filling the Gaps
Filling the gaps should be done after about a day to allow the compound to fully dry up. You don’t want the tiles to move as this will result in an unaligned look and also affect the final quality of the installation.
This step is called grouting the gaps. Although this task is less demanding than the actual installation of tiles, it is still very important. Aside from making the flooring look good by highlighting the straight lines between the tiles, this will also protect the floor from moisture. Below is the proper way to fill in the gaps between the tiles.
- Pick a shade for filling the gap. Choose a light shade if you don’t want to highlight the lines between the tiles too much. If you want to hide some imperfections, this would also be the perfect choice. A dark shade, on the other hand, will highlight the lines between the tiles.
- Prepare the grouting compound according to package directions. Keep in mind that this can begin to dry up in just about 15 minutes or so, so don’t prepare a large amount in one go if you can’t apply the compound quickly enough.
- Apply the filling over the gaps.
- Allow 15 to 30 minutes to pass before cleaning up so as to allow the filling to settle. You can then start removing the excess grout from the flooring.
- Get a pail of water and a sponge to clean up. Using damp sponge, wipe the surface of the tiles in circular motion in order to remove excess grout from the surface of the tiles.
- If the floor still looks hazy, repeat the cleaning process after about an hour or so. By this time, the substance will be easier to remove from the flooring.
Looking at Your Newly Installed Tiles on Your Entryway
I’m sure the entrance into your house will really look lovely with your newly installed tiles. If you are a DIY person, you can do this yourself. Floor tile designs are aplenty, so you can choose the one most suitable for your home. Just remember to install the tiles properly so that the flooring will last for a long time.
Ok, so now it’s your turn to work on the flooring of your entryway. Good luck and have fun!