Before, During, And After Your Tile Floor Installation
FURNITURE IS FIRST ON YOUR TO-DO LIST
Remove all furniture and other objects and materials from the areas where the installation will take place. Some installers will move your furniture, but there may be an additional charge for doing so. Be aware that the area of installation must be climate controlled (heated or air-conditioned). Indoor humidity should be maintained between 45-65%.
MAKE A DECISION ON YOUR OLD FLOOR COVERING
Please consider how your old floor covering will be taken up and disposed of. We recommend that you check with us about the cost and the method of disposal.
NOW TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO THE TRIM
In many cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed for installation. Your installer may do this, but at an additional charge, and they will probably not be responsible for damage or breakage due to dry or brittle wood.
NEXT ON THE LIST IS THE SUBFLOORING
Your existing subfloor may need to be prepared to receive the ceramic, or a new subfloor may be required. We suggest you discuss this with us and, if subfloor work is necessary, that it be done by qualified professionals. The subfloor must be as clean and level as possible.
KNOW THIS ABOUT YOUR DOORS
When your new floor is installed, there’s always the possibility that the doors, especially the closet, basement, and bedroom doors, may not clear the new floor and swing free.
Some installers will remove doors to install the new floor and re-hang them if possible. They probably won’t shave or cut down doors to ensure clearance. You should check with us as to their policy and the cost. You may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to provide this service after installing your new floor.
CHECK UP ON THE CLEAN-UP
Installing new ceramic will produce waste. Usually, these materials are collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site. Check with us before the day of installation, so you’re clear about the clean-up.
What to know and do during installation day
PLAN ON BEING HOME
Be prepared to be at home the day of installation and be available if the installation crew has questions. Your presence will ensure that the correct ceramic is installed in the right areas. Because it is difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, some installers may not be able to give you an exact time of arrival. We suggest you be flexible and keep in touch with us.
WE INSIST ON WALL-TO-WALL SAFETY
Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.
WALK-THROUGH, DON’T RUN
We recommend that, before the completion of the installation, you walk through the job with the chief installer. This will allow you to ask questions and be clear on any final details.
What to know and do after installation day
If you are sensitive to dust and odors, good ventilation should be established for 48 to 72 hours after installation.
When it comes to preparing for your ceramic tile installation, we want you to know. Know all about the steps to take and the issues to consider. That way, installation day is a positive experience and the first of many days of enjoying your beautiful ceramic tile.