Tile Flooring...Please Help!

@LBS1178 (317)
United States
October 7, 2006 4:11pm CST
I want to tile my kitchen floor, and the prices Ive been quoted are insane. Is it really that difficult to do it yourself? If I bought a "how to" book, or got instructions on the internet, would I be able to do it myself?
2 responses
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
17 Oct 06
It's not that hard to do your own kitchen floor. I'm a woman, and I've done it myself (kitchen, bathroom and hallway.) I usually go to a dealer that has remnants of flooring tile and roll type linoleum. Often times, a person will get the tile, or roll, and they changed their mind. They usually have a stockpile that is at severely reduced prices. (Even my local Home Depot has an area in the back with it.) Instead of buying a book, get a few from the library, and of course access the internet for more information and tips. The first time I did sheet linoleum I was afraid I'd botch it up. But, I took old newspapers and scotch tape and made a template of the whole floor area first. If you're doing tiles, you can use the same template idea for jogs in the floor where you would have to cut the tile to fit properly. I did all of the cutting in a different (large) room on the floor, being careful not to cut my carpet by accident. If you're talking fired ceramic tile, or glazed clay type tiles, that's a whole different ball game. You need special tools to cut the tiles. You can rent the machine from many home improvement stores, or your local rental center (usually almost all of them carry rentals on these tools.) Personally, I would never put ceramic tile on a kitchen floor, while it does look nice, if you drop a pot or pan you will find it chips easily and is harder to replace. (It's also slippery when it gets wet!) This reference is for installing tile floors, and has some good tips: http://www.hometime.com/Howto/projects/ctile/tile_5.htm This one has step-by-step, but no pictures: http://www.demesne.info/Improve-Your-Home/Floor-Coverings/Linoleum-Floors.htm This one is a do-it-yourself community forum, and you'll find answers to a lot of questions here. If not, ask them! http://forum.doityourself.com/archive/index.php/f-33.html Read first everything you can, and always remember the rule: measure twice/cut once. Once you make a cut, it's too late to change it. Good luck with it. There is not a better feeling in the world than being able to say 'I did it myself!'
@LBS1178 (317)
• United States
18 Oct 06
thanks so much for your response. I have been back and forth with tile professionals giving me over priced estimates and I finally found someone who would do it for cheap and now hes bo where to be found. I am definately going to go for it! Thanks for all your great advice. And being a woman myself whos used to doing everything around the house, Im sure Ill be very proud of myself when its done!
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
18 Oct 06
LBS, I'm glad I could help some. It really isn't that hard to do, although the first time may seem that way. Once you get going on it you'll be OK. You WILL be very proud of yourself once it's done, and you should be!! I grew up in a family that had the 'you can do anything if you want to bad enough' attitude...I still believe that to this day. You GO girl!!!!!!!!!
• United States
20 Sep 09
You look into Slip Doctors at http://www.slipdoctors.com
• United States
18 Oct 06
My husband did our kitchen and bathroom and we are working on our shower wall right now. He is doing by himself and it seems difficult but it not that bad. If home depot, and lowes are close to you, they do the classes for tiling on weekend. You can go to the classes before you start. Tiles are expensive and we go to the discount place in our town to get ours. Good luck.