Floorers in Patna
The capital city of Bihar is as ancient as India itself and has played an active role in its history and evidence of that is available in the scriptures where it is mentioned as Patliputra. The city’s structures have been influenced by many cultures, religions and kingdoms that have been part of its history. But besides all these reminders of its ancient glory Patna is modern in every aspect and you may not have to go far to search for an ideal flooring for your needs as trendy marble and granite tiled houses exist besides homes with concrete and red oxide floors.
How to calculate the number of tiles and boxes required
To keep the costs of floor tiling within control find out the approximate number of tiles that will be used in each region. While you can just stick to ceramic or porcelain square tiles that are the most cost efficient choice, you can also opt for natural stone tiles made of granite and marble or go in for designer octagon tiles to enhance the attractiveness of your living room.
Measure the length and breadth of the rooms that have to be tiled and multiply them to get the exact square footage of the area. For example, if the room is 10 feet long and 8 feet wide the square footage of the room will be around 80 square feet. Tiles are typically sold in boxes and come in various dimensions like 12” by 12” / 14” by 14” and several more. As 12 by 12 inches ceramic/ porcelain/granite tile equals one square foot the number of square feet is equal to tiles needed to cover the floor. So the total number of tiles needed to cover a room of 10 * 8 would be around 120 square tiles size 12 * 12 inches. It always pays to buy a few extra tiles for wastage and breakage as if you are short it may take a long time to find exactly kind again.
Steps taken by floorers in Patna while laying the floor
Whether the Patna floorer decides to lay concrete, red oxide or tiles on the floor all of them require preparation to ensure that the floor is smooth and even. Tile floors are the most long lasting and attractive but care has to be taken before and during floor laying process to ensure that it holds up for years to come. Tiles that do not have a strong subfloor can get cracked if extra pressure is applied and the flooring itself will not hold up well.
Preparation before tiling – Check that subfloor is even and flat without any ups and downs before laying down the mix to start fixing the tiles. Soak tiles in water for half an hour before fixing them and allow them to drain and dry before laying them on the floor.
Fixing the tiles – Mixture of sand and cement in 3:1 ratio is made along with water in a slurry paste consistency to make a base for the tiles and used up within an hour before the cement hardens. The slurry is applied in 15-20 mm layers over areas of one square meter at a time and then a slim layer is affixed to each tile to provide full bedding when the tile is pressed on to the floor. Tiles are always laid from center of the room so that all cut or chipped tiles are on the outer edges. During the flooring process Patna floorers always leave a gap of 1 – 1.5 mm between tiles to allow expansion as per tolerance.
After tiles are laid they are left to dry for 24 hours. After that gaps are filled up with cement slurry or epoxy grout and half an hour after that the floor is smoothed out with machine to clean excess grout and clean the tiles. When tiles are uneven or too large for a specific area they are cut with a wet saw to adjust them evenly.
Which tiles are best for floors?
Hardy ceramic and porcelain tiles – These are ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms as they are also able to absorb water fast. Though earlier smaller tiles of 12 and 16 inches were used in this region, now large 16 inch square tiles have replaced them as they make small kitchens look large and spacious. Keep an eye on good COF or slip resistance of around .50 when selecting floor tiles for bathroom. This can help to solve the eternal question of “Porcelain or Ceramic tile - Which to choose?
Stone tiles of granite, marble, slate and travertine – Though a bit expensive then ceramic ones, stone tiles give a magisterial look and are ideal for areas where moisture is limited. Both granite and marble are ideal for hot climates as they do not retain heat and come in a lot of colors and sizes. These tiles are used in office and public areas like shopping malls as they are durable and ideal for heavy traffic and rough usage.
How to calculate the cost of floor tiling of your house
Cost of floor tiling in Patna primarily depends upon the kind of tiles that have been selected, labor charges and cost of materials that will be used during the process like cement, plaster and sand followed by delivery charges of tiles. If existing floor/tiles have to be removed before placement of new tiles then the cost is likely to be more. Labor cost for laying simple vitrified, porcelain and ceramic tiles is around Rs. 20 sq ft while laying expensive natural stone tiles like granite and marble is Rs 35 – Rs.50 sqft. Cost of vitrified tiles is Rs. 50 per sqft so cost of fixing 1 sqft of vitrified tiles including cost of fixing materials and labor is likely to cost you around Rs. 100 – Rs. 250 per sq ft depending on space to be tiled.