If you have decided to make the very advisable switch to stone flooring in parts of your home congratulations, you are on the right track.
Installing a stone floor with underfloor heating could be the perfect way to get your home ready for the winter months. If this has been on your to-do list of house chores for a while getting it done before the holidays will give you plenty of time to relax over Christmas.
If you decide to install the stone flooring yourself be aware that it can be a minefield; but with the right advice, you can rest assured in the knowledge that you will be able to create a fantastic new floor for your home. Here are 4 essential on how to install a stone floor for yourself.
Lay it On Thick for your Natural Stone Tiles
Due to the bespoke nature of stone flooring, each tile varies in terms of length and thickness. To plan against this make sure you put down plenty of thin-set cement to compensate for the variations in the thickness of the stone tiles. This will help you create a well-levelled stone floor. Ensuring you have a thick layer of thinset will prevent any issues further down the line.
Keep Your Measurements Exact
When it comes to anything DIY related you may be tempted to go ahead without exact measurements, don’t. The variations in the dimensions of the tiles mean that measuring the exact length and width is crucial if you are to lay down a stone floor without any shortcomings. A spirit level may come in handy here.
Plan Your Tile Positions Meticulously
Prior planning prevents poor performance, and this is certainly true when it comes to laying your stone flooring. If you mark the midpoint of the longest wall and draw out a line at right angles to this mark you will have a reference point to work from. Working out your stone tile positions whilst also ensuring they are properly measured will help you avoid any future issues with your flooring.
Roll Out and Secure the Membrane
The membrane is the matt you roll out to provide the best surface on which to lay your stone flooring. Needless to say, you should ensure there are no creases to make sure you lay the tiles correctly. The best advice is to roll out and secure the membrane before you start laying tiles on it.
Get Expert Advice When you decide to install the Stone Flooring
Installing your own stone floor is no mean feat, however, as with many DIY projects, it can be a very rewarding experience as well as an opportunity to save some money.
When you are ready to purchase and install your new stone floor be sure to contact the experts at Martin Moore Stone for some great advice on how to get the best possible finish on your flooring. Alternatively going with their own installation service will save you time and stress if you don’t fancy doing all the hard work yourself.