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ggpk Tile Floors July 12th, 2018 - 17:41:02
Does the floor feel bouncy? If so. it is. Trust your instincts. It`s not ready for tile. A well built subfloor feels very stiff underfoot. Squeaking can also be a bad sign. but it may also solvable by screwing down the planks or plywood better into the joists.
What condition does the wood appear to be in? Even if the amount of wood support seems adequate according to the tables. if it appears to have been water damaged. if sections of it look moldy or corroded due to rot or decay. it`s not doing its job. Options include replacing or reinforcing it. but not just ignoring it. Also. has it been cut into in various spots. such as a plumber cutting sections of the joists for positioning pipes? All of these problems can make the wood less effective.
What`s the property owner`s risk tolerance? Does he/she want to be rock solid sure of the stability of the floor? Even if that means spending extra money and/or time to reinforce the floor. and accepting a floor that may sit higher than surrounding floors? Or is some risk of failure acceptable if the floor is not built to the righteous standards of the TCNA? Sometimes the extra effort is not worth the cost to the property owner. who should be fully informed on all options. Contractors who install flooring shouldn`t assume that clients don`t care enough to solve the problem: in the last year we`ve had two clients who spend thousands of extra dollars to reinforce subfloors in a kitchen and laundry room when we explained that their floors were too unstable for tile. They really wanted tile. and were willing to make the subfloor ready for it. even if it cost more.
How tough is the tile to be installed? Fairly thick quarry tiles. for example. may be rated for heavy duty industrial applications. although they are often installed in homes. Because they are thicker than normal tiles and able to withstand heavy traffic. they may be less prone to cracking than a sensitive. thinner tile. For that matter. natural stone such as marble and granite are on the other end of the spectrum - they crack even easier than ceramic tile and should not be used in settings where any excess deflection is possible. Intuition may tell you they are stronger than ceramic. but in fact they are more brittle and prone to cracking. They need twice as rigid a floor as ceramic.