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Ceramic Tile

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Ceramic tiles are a great flooring option. They are extremely durable and do not show signs of wear and tear. Tile is real easy to clean and you do not have to worry about stains on your floor. Ceramic tile is great for a kitchen flooring because you do not have to worry if water gets on the floor, unlike if you have hardwood or laminate flooring.

Ceramic tile comes in a wide range of color options. There are also several different sizes to choose from as well. Different sizes allow the homeowner to place tile in just about any room. Smaller tile is great for a kitchen backsplash and for tiling a shower. The larger tile is great for flooring a large space. There are so many different options available with ceramic tile that you can use it in all areas of your home.

Young children can be especially damaging to flooring. Carpet does not hold up well to spills and will eventually wear down. Wood floors can easily be scared by toys that children commonly use to play. The ceramic tile can give you a great look, and you do not have to worry about your floors being damaged over time.

If you do not want to use ceramic tile all over your home, it works well in high traffic areas. It is common to place tile in hallways where you see most of the traffic in your home. It also is great to use in the entryway of your home. This will help extend the life of your carpet because less dirt and grime is ground into it.

Fancy Tile Cuts Using The Wet Saw

Friday, May 15th, 2009

If you have tackled the job of tiling your floor, countertops or backsplash and have decided to make some fancy designs, you will need to make use of a wet saw. Stick with the simple tile cutter and diamond wheel for checkerboard patterns, that’s easy. The more intricate cuts will require renting a wet saw, which you can do for a nominal fee at the larger hardware stores. Rent it, don’t buy it. You may only use it this one time.

The wet saw has a shallow pan which you should fill with water. This keeps the blade cool as it cuts through the tile and eliminates a lot of the dust thrown off from the tiles. If you are creating diagonal patterns, a wet saw is the only way to go. It can look intimidating, but once you start using it, the tile work becomes a breeze.

Use a grease pencil to mark the cut you are about to make. Then, using the rip fence, line up the blades with the mark of the cut, adjusting the rip fence at both ends using the scales to insure a straight cut. Triangular cuts can be made with the help of a triangular attachment tool. Remember, measure twice, cut once. Hold the tile against the rip fence and push gently, always turning the saw OFF when you get to the end of the tile. You can then remove the tile. Carefully run the blade along any small chips that remain on the tile to remove them. Take safety precautions when using a wet saw. Particles from the tile and water could hit your eyes, so wear protective goggles. 

Before you take left-over tile back to the store, know that this style of tile may only be in stock for a limited time at any store, usually about 2 years, max. After that, if you crack some tiles and need to replace them, good luck matching the pattern and shade from the stock available at that time. Always keep an extra box of tile on hand for replacement needs that may occur in the years ahead.