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Steps To Perfect Tiling
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


In order to tile a floor successfully, it is suggested that you do some careful floor preparation and become familiar with some of the general guidelines involved. By following a few important steps, tiling your floor can be done easily and effectively.

Step 1.) Symmetry: It is important that your tile floor appear symmetrical. In order to do this, you will need to find a center point to begin working. Make sure to pay special attention to smaller rooms.

Step 2.) Baseline: If the room you are working in isn't perfectly square, your tiling make appear off center and sloppy. Use a wall as your baseline. The tiles will appear parallel to that wall and make the entire tiling job look neat and professional.

Step 3.) Working Lines: During layout, it is important to consider where the eye will first fall. In most cases, the best idea is to identify the longest wall and establish the first "working line." If the room is...more

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Adding Tile Accents
Tile accents are a wonderful way to inject color, interest and excitement to a room. They are typically used in bathrooms and kitchens. Design techniques include bullnoses, raised patterns, trim bands, and borders. There are also many different colors and finishes available.

Using tile accents is a great way to let your creative imagination work, but keep in mind that it does require proper planning and preparation. There are several important things to take into consideration when working with tile accents. First of all, before purchasing the design of your dreams, it is important to gather a decent amount of samples for you to test out in the room. This step is crucial because different colors and finishes will appear differently in...more

Repairing Tile
Floor, counter, and wall tile can be repaired by a homeowner or by a professional. Often the task requires that a tile be replaced. This sounds simple enough, but extra steps are needed when you need to track down a tile to take its place. For those of you that don't need the

extra hassle, consider hiring a professional to save you the time and frustration. Common damages to tile include chips, cracks, scratches, discoloration and missing or cracked grout. Regardless of whether it is porcelain, ceramic or stone tile, replacement is usually the first means to repairing it. This process entails the removal of the grout, the removal of the old tile and the installation of a new replacement tile...more

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