Mosaic flooring is one of the most durable and timeless flooring options which you can install at your homes. Mosaic tiles are beautiful and made up of tiles less than 2 inches. They form a particular design pattern or laid out in single colour. If you want to go for something natural then mosaic tiles would be suitable for you, as they come two different textures mosaic hardwood flooring and mosaic stone flooring both give a natural look to your home or office.
Types of mosaic flooring
There are types of mosaic tiles which are made up of
Mosaic effects can change the feel of your home as they are natural and beautiful.Even the shapes of mosaic tiles are different such as square, hexagonal and round.
Porcelain mosaic flooring is commonly used and found to be most durable as they can be glazed or unglazed. They are usually used in bathroom areas.
Stone flooring is also known as pebble flooring which is usually installed in bathrooms and pool areas. It is naturally striking and stands apart from others.
Mosaic hardwood flooring is another option which is cost effective and sets a distinctive tone for any home or office. Hardwood and shimmering glass lend your home or office luxurious look of elegance and style.
Though it may costs you more depending on the quality material used but each one is custom made by artisan and the impact they create is worth the cost.
Installation of mosiac flooring
Mosaic flooring is easy to install, here are few steps through which you can easily make your home beautiful by installing mosaic tiles.
Advantages of mosaic flooring
- Prepare the floor by cleaning the surface where you need to install your mosaic tiles.
- Gently clean the floor with dry cloth to ensure that the floor is free of all dust.
- Before using mosaic tiles apply stone sealer to the mosaic so as to protect the stone during installation. This sealer has to be left for 2-3 hours to ensure that sealer is absorbed by the mosaic tile.
- Now take the plastic protection off the back of the mosaic leaving only mesh.
- Gently buff out the backing of the mosaic to remove some of the excess glue and make sure that the mesh is exposed as much as possible. This buffing can be done with a metal brush and remember not to over buff the surface or you will run the risk of breaking the mesh.
- Clean the debris with a vacuum or broom. After that prepare and apply the thinset over the surface.
- Apply at least 1/8 of thinset and mark 2mm deep canals across the surface, as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Now set the mosaic in place over the thinset slightly giving pressure so that the thinset penetrates deep through the mesh and between some of the tesserae of your mosaic.
- Continue and clean the mosaic surface with a wet sponge to make sure that the excess of the thinset doesn’t accumulate over the mosaic.
- Leave the mosaic and thinset to dry for about 24 hours.
- Prepare a non sand grouting mix and use the minimum grouting thickness which is usually made from grouting less than 1/8.
- Grout the surface of the marble mosaic like any other tile. The grouting color should not be dark or light from the mosaic but an average grout can be used.
Disadvantages of mosaic flooring
- High fired and durable
- Dense hard and tough
- Mosaic tile comes in a wide variety of colours and textures
- Easy to customize yourself
- Water and bacteria resistant
- Great for do it yourself project
- Low maintenance
- Glazed tiles can be slippery if wet
- Cold and hard underfoot
- Tiles may damage or crack