Do It Yourself

If you are looking for free advice, you came to the right place.
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While we pride ourselves on offering affordable and outstanding tile installation services, here at Davey Tile we respect and admire the tenacity and resourcefulness of the do-it-yourselfer. Below are some simple steps to get you started on your installation project. We want your home to be a source of pride, and know that you have done it right with the right.

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Planning, Preparing, Performing, and Protecting

The best place to get free advice is where you buy your tile. Ask all the questions you need to, don't be afraid of wasting their time or asking a stupid question. There are no stupid questions just stupid answers… and if that is all you are getting, ask for someone else or go somewhere else. Remember that your materials are the largest and most vital investment you will make in your do-it-yourself project. Just like with cooking, you want to use the best ingredients to bring your recipe to life. If you fall in love with a certain tile or stone but it is out of your budget, visit other places, look online, or wait for a sale. Also note that you will need additional tools to complete your installation such as thinset, backer boards, grout, saws, trowels, cutters, mixing buckets, etc. be sure to budget for these essentials as well. Research which tools you will need; renting or borrowing these if possible will help keep your costs down.

Planning

This is the most time-consuming step, don't rush it! Go to as many tile places you can to see what variety of tile and stone is on offer. Visit different showrooms to get help with designs if you are not 100% sure of how to bring your ceramic vision to life. Don't worry about "Is this tile too big or small for my room" it’s your room get what you like. If you go to a home Improvement store you may find the tile you like but it’s hard to find trim or an accent to match. Get the samples you are interested in and go to other places, you don't have to buy all the tile from the same store. One thing to remember about tile is that you will get tired of looking at it before it wears out. Make sure your design and your care of craftsmanship while installing the ceramic or stone is something you can see your family can enjoy for years to come. This is the most time-consuming step, don't rush it! Go to as many tile places you can to see what variety of tile and stone is on offer. Visit different showrooms to get help with designs if you are not 100% sure of how to bring your ceramic vision to life. Don't worry about "Is this tile too big or small for my room" it’s your room get what you like. If you go to a home Improvement store you may find the tile you like but it’s hard to find trim or an accent to match. Get the samples you are interested in and go to other places, you don't have to buy all the tile from the same store. One thing to remember about tile is that you will get tired of looking at it before it wears out. Make sure your design and your care of craftsmanship while installing the ceramic or stone is something you can see your family enjoying for years to come.

Preparing

You should always use the proper backer board and thinset or mastic for the project, and the sale person will know what that is. Make sure the area is clean and there is no movement in the walls or floor. If its squeaking today it will be cracking tomorrow. Dry lay the tile out before you start to get the best look. Remember that tile is like a big jigsaw puzzle only you get to make the pieces, so the bigger the pieces the better it will look and faster it will go.

Performing

You should really take your time until you get the hang of it. Only mix enough thinset to do a small area. If the thinset get hard or dry up on the floor scrape it up and throw it away. It’s not worth the time or money to try and save it. Use every tool you can to get the best results. Spacers are cheap and easy to use to keep all the joints the same size. You can even buy self-leveling spacers to keep your floor tile flat. Use a level to keep it straight and flat. Keep it clean, it is easier to clean the joint of thinset while it is still wet. If you wait until the next day you will have to use a knife to cut it out. When you get frustrated or feed up take a break” Remember this ain't rocket science, but a little common sense and patience can go a long way.

Protecting

You may think this is the last step, but it is something you have been doing all along. By using the proper setting materials and backboard you know that it will be around a long time. To keep it looking good use a good cleaner and sealer recommended by the tile manufacture. Cover the floors until all work is done, drywall dust is the hardest to from grout. Be sure to protect the installation area from people walking on or utilizing the space. If you walk on the tile too soon it breaks the bond and when you grout it they may seem set. They are not and they will become loose and the grout will crack.