So you have done it. You have decided to go with tile for your next home project. You have envisioned the intricate or simple design layout for your project. You have perused the many tile options at various home improvement stores. You have visited a tile store and talked with tile professionals. You have made a selection on tile material, color, texture, size. You have hired a tile installer or a general contractor, or have decided to install the tile yourself. Now what?
Inspect Your Product
Once the tile has been ordered, it is important to inspect the different tiles when they come in, especially if you have different kinds of tiles for a special design like a tile medallion.
One thing to look for is shade and color consistency. Depending on the kind of tile you chose, like stone, there may be variations. Your tile experts will advise you of potential variations when you make your initial tile selection.
Another detail to review is any breakage in the tiles you have ordered. You may have ordered a significant number of tiles based on the size of your project and the size of the tiles to create that project. While your tile installer may cut your tiles according to your project design, it is important that the initial delivery of tiles are whole as they were initially ordered.
Communication with your tile installer is vital to the creation of your tile vision.
Creating an initial layout is the most important aspect of any tile project. Careful planning will aid potential challenges from incorporating lighting locations to fixture locations, framing to niches.
Once you have the tiles in house, review your tile layout with your installer again. This will allow you to make logistical adjustments to the design with the materials on hand. Once the installation has begun, it is much harder to make changes. The installation equals your acceptance of the tile project.