Updated February 3rd, 2019
It’s now a common practice to install tiles on a bathroom floor.
Ceramic tiles are most commonly used in bathrooms. But there are some other types of tile is also used.
There are some things we need to consider before installing floor tiles in bathrooms. It’ll reduce the wastage of tiles and many other hassles later.
9 Things to Consider Before Installing Floor Tiles in Bathrooms
We normally consider the following things before installing floor tiles in bathrooms.
1. Waste Water Outlet
Wastewater outlet is called floor trap or floor drain. Before installing tiles on a bathroom floor, we need to install a Upvc pipe for the floor drain.
For this purpose, a hole is made on the bathroom floor and a Upvc trap is installed underneath the pipe.
The pipe is raised about 6 inches above the bathroom floor and the opening of the pipe is somehow closed for preventing dust and other materials such as mortar, rubbish, etc. entering into the pipe.
After installing the pipe, pour concrete into the gap around the pipe.
The better way is to keep these pipes before casting the floor slab. But, we normally don’t keep these before casting floor slabs. Because flat owners often change the placement of sanitary fixtures in their bathrooms.
But if you have a final decision about sanitary fixture locations, you should keep these pipes before casting the floor slab.
2. Consider Installing Sanitary Drainage System For Water Closet
Like floor drains, you need to install another drainage system for water closet.
If you have everything finalize before casting the floor slab, then it is better to put drainage pipes for water closets before constructing floor slabs.
If you didn’t do that before, you need to keep this pipe in bathrooms before installing floor tiles.
After installing the pipe, cast the gap around the pipe with cement concrete.
3. Consider Installing Drainage Pipe For Basin
In a residential building, there is also a basin installed in a bathroom. We also need to install a drainage system for the basin before installing floor tiles in the bathroom.
Basin drain pipe is normally connected to the floor drain.
So, make sure you install the drainage system for the basin before installing floor tiles in the bathroom. Otherwise, you’ll need to break floor tiles to install this drainage system which will cost you money.
4. Make Sure Veranda Rainwater System is Connected to Floor Drain
A separate drainage system is normally installed to remove the rainwater from veranda or balcony. But, Sometimes we need to connect the rainwater system of the adjacent veranda to the floor drain of a bathroom.
It should also be completed before installing the floor tiles of a bathroom.
5. Ac Drainage Outlet
Sometimes the drainage system of air conditioning is connected to the floor drain.
Make sure you connect this drainage system before installing the bathroom’s floor tiles.
6. Installing Long Pan
There are two types of Water Closet are commonly installed in a bathroom. One is called Long pan and another is called High commode. A high commode is also called English commode.
Long pan is installed before the floor tiling of a bathroom whereas High commode is installed after floor tiling.
Which commode you’ll need to install in the bathroom depends on the requirements of flat owners.
If you need to install Long pan, make sure it is installed before floor tiling work of the bathroom.
7. False Slab Drainage System
I don’t know if this is practiced all over the world. But we often practice this.
In bathrooms, we normally make an RCC false slab at the seven feet level from the bathroom’s floor to hide the sanitary pipes, which go through the ceiling of bathrooms.
There is a possibility to leak the sanitary pipes and water may drop on the false slab.
To drain this water from the false slab, we normally keep a drainage pipe which goes through the bathroom wall and connected to the floor drain.
Before installing floor tiles of the bathroom, make sure this drainage system is installed.
8. Tiles Design
We often need to decide the tiles design of bathroom floors in a residential building project. Which side of the bathroom tile sheets will be laid. We normally do this based on our experience.
But, it is better to have a drawing for tiles design. Some flat owners want to use design tiles also on a bathroom floor.
If this is the situation, ask the interior designer to provide a drawing for the tiles design.
It’ll really increase the productivity of you as well as workers when you have everything planned before going to install floor tiles of a bathroom.
9. Availability of Tiles
There are various color and shade of same tiles available in the market. For example, ceramic tiles can have many colors and shades.
Different code is used to define different tiles.
The problem is, the same code of tiles aren’t always available in the market.
So, you need to make sure that you have enough tiles in your stock to complete the tilling of your bathroom’s floor.
If you are run short of tiles to complete your bathroom, there is a possibility that you may not find the tiles of the same code in the market.
So, before going to tilling your bathroom floor, make sure you have the required quantity of tiles in your store to complete the floor tiling of the bathroom.
Good preparation is half done. If you are well prepared, it’ll reduce many hassles later.
Before installing tiles in a bathroom floor, check the things I’ve discussed in this post to reduce tiles wastage as well as time and labor.
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