After a recent bit of minor water damage, I am going to recorate my
hallway and no thinking of laying floor tiles instead of carpet.
The kitchen leads straight off the hallway, and via 2 doorways, so
does the WC and utility room which is really part of the integral
The hallway is a very long L shape and approx 6 metres in length by
about a metre, which widens a fair bit at the opposite end to the
front door and WC.
The area in the Kitchen to tile is approx 3.5 sq metres. and utility
room about the same.
So not a massive area overall and in relatively small batches.
Because the utily room houses a Fridge, tumble dryer and washing
machine, I thought the porcelain tiles would be the best option, which
I would also use throughout.
I have laid floor tiles before (30cm sq tiles) without too much
hassle, but those were ceramic. I obviously know that porcelain tiles
are much tougher and thicker. I do have the normal snap type tool and
also a diamond circular saw. Is it likely these are man enough for the
job or would I need special porcelain cutters. Another area I not sure
on, is cutting odd shapes (eg around a door frame) Whats the best way
I guess my very basic question here, is it much harder (skillwise) to
use Porcelain over ceramics?
I have also though about using under tile heating, but given the
thickness of porcelain - and the fact the underfloor is concrete, is
it really worth it? ie heating on a concrete surface, plus through
times about 1cm thick, is likely to take ages and also cost a fair
Any views appreciated.