If you are a do-it-yourself enthusiast and you’re planning a floor tile project, the first piece of advice I’d offer is to beware standing water. If your project is going to be exposed to water, then you need to ensure the free flow of that water so that it doesn’t just sit there for hours, or perhaps even days. Now I know some would argue that tiles such as porcelain floor tiles are water proof, and they are, however, the grout is not always totally water proof, and it can quickly become your project’s downfall.
The solution is fairly simple, especially if you’re planning an outdoor floor tiling project – just pitch your floor correctly and water will run off naturally. A little time sweeping excess water away will also be of help. If you are using natural stone floor tiles, they are quite porous so they may well absorb any standing water. This can lead to swelling and movement of the tiles.
Slate floor tiles will handle water reasonably well, and being naturally anti-slip are a good choice for outdoor floor tiling project. However, if water is left to stand on slate, it could start to shale (flake). This leaves annoying small shales of slate underfoot, and they in turn can cause further damage if walked into your slate tile flooring.
Before starting any floor tile project, we would suggest talking to a tile expert. If you visit one of our Montreal showrooms, you can talk to well trained tile experts who can offer advice on how best to install your tiles, and how to ensure that issues such as standing water aren’t going to create long term problems. Our tile experts can also show you the wide range of wall and floor tiles that Éco Dépôt stock. Our aim is to help you successfully complete your next floor tile project.