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Knowing the kind of subfloor you`ll be installing ceramic tile flooring over is important. There are three main types of subfloors you might encounter: Vinyl. plywood. and concrete floors. Installing ceramic tile flooring directly to your vinyl or linoleum subfloor surfaces is greatly discouraged. One. it may contain asbestos fibers; and two. vinyl flooring is not a solid as good ol` concrete flooring. When installing ceramic tile on vinyl. experts would recommend rough-sanding. or scarifying. the vinyl floor surface first so your tiling mortar has good grip to set on.
For plywood subfloors. be sure that the wood is at least 1 and 1/8 inches thick and is supported by an equally strong underlayment. Otherwise. your ceramic tiles will dislodge easily. or worse. break and need replacing. Concrete floors are the most ideal subfloor surface to work with. But before you can start installing ceramic tile flooring over it. it must be cleaned thoroughly. For dust and other debris. sweep and then mop your concrete subfloor surface. and allow it to dry completely. Smooth concrete surfaces must be rough sanded just like vinyl floors to allow the tiling mortar some grip.
If a subfloor displays excessive deflection. it can usually be remedied by installing more plywood on top of it before tile is laid. and by reinforcing the joists from below. While it may make the floor higher than before. think of it as a sort of `insurance policy` against flooring failure.
Can you cut into the layers on top to get a cross section of the existing floor? If there is a heating grate that you can remove. that may show the layers the floor is composed of. What will be reassuring to see is a thick layer. ideally over 1 ½ inches thick of plywood. Alternatively. with the property owner`s permission. we sometimes cut in to it to check what it`s composed of.