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ggpk Tile Floors July 10th, 2018 - 18:23:00
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.
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.
It is adaptable to any decor. Tile can create the foundation for your decorating theme. or become the final accent in your room motif. Tile is now available in finishes and shapes that lend themselves to any décor. Ceramic tile can appear Southwestern. starkly contemporary or smoothly traditional. Colors range from lively to subdued; textures vary from classically smooth to antiqued markings. Imagine a color and texture and you will almost certainly find it on the market today. Tile goes with other flooring. Tile next to wood can be a distinctive look. as brilliant hardwood in one room is married to elegant ceramic in the next. This combination effect will also divide large open spaces into smaller living areas.
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.