If you plan to remove your old flooring and install new travertine tile floors, you'll probably want to hire a tile floor contractor to do the work, even if you buy the tiles yourself from a flooring store. Installing tile flooring involves several steps, and the most difficult is often removing the old tiles. Here's a look at the process of having a new travertine floor installed.
The Floors Are Prepped For The Installation
Be sure to note if the price of tearing out old floors and prepping the subflooring is included in the price of your new floor installation. Preparation is a crucial step in the process, and it can be labor intensive depending on the type of old flooring you have. The flooring has to be torn out and then the subfloor needs to be cleaned and repaired if it has cracks or other imperfections. All this work might require sanding, pounding, and the use of power tools to break up old tiles. The floor needs to be clean, free of dust, and dry to be ready for tile installation.
The Travertine Tiles Need To Be Prepped
Travertine is natural stone, so it has small differences in shading and pattern. It's a good idea to lay out the tile before applying it so the tiles can be positioned randomly. Also, if a room requires tiles from different batches, the batches should be mixed together before applying the tiles. Doing this eliminates problems with light tiles being grouped in one corner of the room. Instead, the floor looks uniform even when there is a mix of light and darker tiles.
Another type of preparation your tile floor contractor may do is seal the tiles. Sealing is part of the installation process, but sometimes, sealing is done before the tiles are installed so the tiles are protected from grout and other stains during the installation. If the tiles are sealed first, they may be sealed again once they're set and the grout has been applied and cleaned off. The tiles also have to be cut when necessary, and this might include the use of a wet saw. Then, the tiles need to dry out since they must be completely dry during installation.
The Tiles Are Installed With Grout
Once all the prep work is done, the tiles are positioned on the floor and then sealed with grout. This part of the job may go fairly quickly, but even so, you may need to stay off of the tiles for a couple of days so the grout can dry and the tiles can adhere to the floor. Your flooring contractor will let you know when it's safe to walk on the floor and when it's safe to get the floor wet.
For more information, contact a tile floor contractor in your area.