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ggpk Tile Floors July 14th, 2018 - 08:07:59
What floor covering was on the floor before? If it had ceramic tile or stone. and the floor received reasonable traffic for years with no cracking or broken grout. it`s a pretty good bet that the subfloor is up to the job. If it was vinyl. carpet or hardwood. we are still in the dark.
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.
Tile floor installation is a clear-cut process. Once your contractor has determined your sub-floor can handle the weight and rigidity of tile. he designs a "map" so that the tile is straight. Next. adhesive is spread. and the tiles are "squished" into it. A level is used on each tile to make certain it is flush. and a rubber mallet can tamp down any spot that`s higher than the rest. Spacers are placed between tiles. until the adhesive dries them into place. Border tiles are cut to size and laid. The spaces are grouted. and when it is dry the tiles are cleaned. and sealed.
For tile to be successful. it needs rigid support. with very little tolerance for movement. The more rigid the substrate. the better chance the tile has of remaining crack free throughout its life. Most problems with tile floors over wood come from excessive `bounciness` of the substrate. Carpet can handle some bending. vinyl tile can flex and bend a bit. hardwood floors can bend a little too. but if tile or stone is subjected to forces that push in 2 different directions at once. it doesn`t know how to bend. Instead. it cracks. first in the grout and then in the body of the tile. Consumers who have just paid thousands of dollars for a tile floor do not find these cracks appealing. to say the least.