If you’re in the process of remodeling your home, then you know just how stressful it can be to make a mistake. Sure, they may be inevitable, but depending on the size of the mistake, it could be costly, time consuming, and often the source of great dispute. This is why it is so important to really do your homework and have both a plan A and a plan B for everything. This is especially the case if you are in the process of installing stone floors. Stone floors are a beautiful way to add a feeling of class and luxury to your home. There’s really no better way of completing a bathroom or kitchen than with a gorgeous stone or tiled floor. If you’re in need of a little help, here are some tile and stone floor buying basics for homeowners.
- Save money where you can. No matter what your budget is for your home improvement job, it’s almost inevitable that your expenses are going to exceed your budget. That’s why it’s important to reduce your costs in every way possible. If you love the look of stone flooring, but feel like the cost is out of your budget, you should buy faux stone. Faux stone looks and feels just like real stone, only at a fraction of the price. Plus, in the unfortunate event that something falls and one of the tiles breaks, you won’t have a hard time replacing it.
- Make sure your floors are level. There’s nothing worse than an uneven tiled floor. It’s probably the surface that draws the most attention to dips and bumps in your floor and you will have a heck of a time fitting the tiles together. If your floor is uneven, be sure to find an expert who can do a great job of getting everything level before you even start taking measurements of the floor. You’d be surprised how different your measurements can be before and after. If you fail to do this, you will have to make up for strange gaps with large chunks of misshapen grout, in which case you’re liable to just gut it all again and start over.
- Think about your grout. You want to take some time to think about both the color and the width of your grout before you make any final decisions on your tile or stone floor. If you were thinking about white grout, you’re definitely going to need to be the kind of person who doesn’t mind spending long hours scrubbing the grout with a toothbrush and some kind of bleaching agent – because grout doesn’t like to stay white. You also want to think about the width of your grout. The wider your grout is, the easier it is for someone to tell if it isn’t consistent from tile to tile. So be sure to talk to the experts at your local hardware store about the color and width that’s most appropriate for the tiles you’ve chosen.