Mosaic Tile Flooring

200 year old mosaic in Florence Mosaic Tile Flooring is perhaps the most well known type of flooring used by homeowners today. This is because you can make your own patters, mix and match the tiles, and install them yourself. Homeowners like that they are able to customize the floor to their specific tastes using mosaic tiles.

Mosaic tile flooring can be laid down at random or as a pattern (such as a picture). Mosaic tiles can also be used in countertops, backsplashes and on small tabletops (such as a cocktail table).

Flooring Fact


Mosaic tile flooring is one of the friendliest of DIY tasks - and it can be virtually done for free using old throw-away tiles!

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Mosaic tiles usually come in 2x2 inch squares; you can buy them separately or already mounted on a mesh backing. Mosaic tile flooring come either glazed or unglazed, and are made out of either ceramic or porcelain. You can even use old tiles you find lying around, smash them into small pieces and create a unique pattern on, for instance, a table top.

Durable Materials

Both ceramic and porcelain are durable materials. However, as with all tiles, you do have to take care during installation of the mesh backed variety so that the tiles donít get cracked. If mosaic tile flooring is laid properly, it will last quite a long time.

Suitability

Mosaic flooring is hard and easy to clean, which is why it is most often used in kitchens, bathrooms and entryways. It is also very water and bacteria resistant, and although it doesn't necessarily need sealing it will better protect the grouting if you do seal it. Most commercial bathrooms are done in mosaic tile, due to its versatility. In addition, mosaic tiles are very affordable. That means you donít have to break the bank to tile your entire kitchen or bathroom!

Mosaic tiles, while not quite as hard as marble or other similar flooring, can still be hard and cold underfoot. Many people use area rugs to take the edge off, but you may be hesitant to do this, especially if you have a pattern that you made yourself and are keen to show off!

Do-It-Yourself

Mosaic flooring is a do-it-yourself project! It is fairly straightforward to install. If you are artistic, you will enjoy installing your own flooring even more! There is no limit to the amount of mixing and matching of colors and patterns that you can do. However, make sure that you create your own patterns with a light hand and step back every few minutes to gauge the look of your floor. Too many patterns or overuse of color can be overkill.

If you are unsure of how to install the floor, any home hardware store will be happy to give you instructions. Below are some tips on installing mosaic flooring:

1. Make sure the subfloor is clean and dry (ideally, it will be concrete or plywood)

2. Use adhesive specially made for ceramic or porcelain

3. Be careful when using glazed tiles; they should be used primarily for walls (backsplashes) because they tend to be slippery when wet

4. Take care during the installation; mosaic tile is not as durable as other flooring and the tiles may break

Maintenance

Mosaic tile is very easy to maintain. However, the tiles may trap more dirt than other types of flooring. For this reason, you will want to vacuum the floor first to make sure that any trapped dirt or debris is removed. Then use a damp mop with mild household detergent to clean. You flooring dealer may also suggest a special floor cleaner for ceramic or porcelain. Any stains should be removed using a brush with synthetic, non-abrasive brushes. Otherwise, you will permanently scratch the tiles.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Mosaic Flooring

Advantages
  • Relatively durable material
  • Easy to customize yourself
  • Water and bacteria resistant
  • Inexpensive
  • Great for a do-it-yourself project
  • Low maintenance
Disadvantages
  • Glazed tiles can be slippery if wet
  • Cold and hard underfoot
  • Tiles may damage/crack

Alternatively, use one of the following tile types:-
Mosaic Tile;
Terracotta Tile;
Ceramic Floor Tile;
Glass Flooring;
Leather Floor Tiles;
Porcelain Floor Tile ; and
Metal Flooring.