Are you tired of your furry friends ruining your entry rugs? Well, you’re not alone! Lucky the cat was causing havoc with the author’s entry rug, leaving them with concerns about the condition of the subfloor. Determined to find a solution, they embarked on a project to upgrade their flooring with beautiful and durable hexagon tiles, similar to the ones in their kitchen.
With a plan in mind, they got to work. First, they carefully removed the old flooring along the traced line, making way for the new tiles. To ensure protection against moisture, they applied waterproofing using Schluter Kerdi membrane and AquaDefense liquid membrane. This step was important to preserve the longevity of the tiles and avoid any potential damage.
Once the preparation was complete, it was time to lay the tiles. Rapid-setting thin-set mortar was used to secure the hexagon tiles in place. After the tiles were set, the author patiently went through the process of grouting. Grouting can be a bit messy, but it’s an essential part of the project. To clean up any excess grout from the tiles, they found that using baby wipes was quite handy.
To add flexibility to the flooring, exterior gaps were left between the tiles and other flooring. These gaps were intended for caulking and would allow for any shifts in the flooring without compromising its integrity. The caulking also helped hide any irregular cuts and contributed to a seamless and polished look.
With the edges properly caulked, the project was complete! The new entryway not only solved the cat-related challenges but also transformed the space into a practical and visually appealing area. Now, wet and muddy shoes were no longer a concern, as the new floor was designed to withstand the elements.
This project, born out of necessity, turned a previously ruined floor into a functional and aesthetically pleasing space. So, if you’re facing similar challenges with entry rugs, why not consider upgrading your flooring? With a little bit of effort and some beautiful tiles, you can create a resilient and welcoming entryway for your home.