Turn your kitchen into a masterpiece with new tile work

When remodeling a home, kitchen wall tiles are a good choice to give that room an elegant look. Thousands of designs and colors are around to choose from. The squares are usually four inches square and are available in a variety of prices. Take the time to choose the right layout that can be attractive as well as practical.

There are a large number of tiles to choose from when searching online. Instead of buying bricks and mortar from a store, you will get a better offer by buying through an online business. For one thing, you can look at choices that no vendor comes to you 24 hours a day.

Kitchen wall tiles include different types of glass floors. These can be clear or tinted and have an attractive shiny effect when installed. Bubble and frosted glass tiles give a unique character to the general style. Another type, polished ceramic tile, is made of clay baked on a glacier, which gives it a shiny appearance.

Different types of clay are used to make mosaic tiles, and these are colored in different colors so that the color flows through the tile. If the tile is broken, it is difficult to see because of the constant color. Vinyl tiles are also offered for those on a low budget, but care must be taken to ensure that they do not peel and percolate.

It is not uncommon for novice installers to install floor tiles instead of kitchen wall tiles. Tiles for a wall are generally smoother than floor tiles and smoother when wet. Typically, floor tiles are thick enough to withstand foot traffic and home furniture. Wall tiles are more fragile and thinner.

The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) created a scale to reflect the strength and durability of a particular tile. Floor tiles typically have a PEI rating of 3 (residential floors) to 5 (industrial overcrowding). The wall pieces are graded from 0 to 2. The PEI rating should be printed in the box or you can contact the tile manufacturer to find that data.

Installing kitchen wall hangings is not as difficult as you might think. Start drilling holes and cleaning the wall. If doing mosaic, set the tiles without mortar for the desired pattern. You can cut it with a wet saw to make sure it fits. When placed on the edge of the wall, the cut pieces are much less visible.

Spread a thin layer of mortar on the wall with a nozzle for ridges. Place a tile on the wall and push into a soft mortar. Put spacers between the tiles and make sure the tiles are level. When the mortar dries, remove the spacers and work to grind between the tiles. After 15 minutes, use water and a sponge to clean. Get behind and appreciate your work!

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