ggpk Tile Floors July 12th, 2018 - 17:44:23
Prepare the Sub-Floor for the Tiling Process. After you are ready with your tools and before you begin tile flooring installation. you must first prepare the sub-floor for the ceramic tile flooring installation. This involves cleaning the sub-floor thoroughly and checking it for cracks. If you do find cracks. you must repair them. If any crack is too large to repair. that section of the floor must be replaced completely. If your floors are wooden make sure that they are supported well and are at least two inches thick so that they are able to withstand the weight of the tiles you are about to install on them. Once you have checked for cracks and cleaned all the debris off the sub-floor you are ready to begin with your ceramic tile flooring installation.
In residential settings. the most common substrates [surfaces to be tiled] for flooring are wood and cement. In this article we`ll deal with deal with wood subfloors. In new construction. it`s often possible to see the structure of the subfloor and joists and usually communicate with the carpenters who built them or the contractor in charge of the project if there are any questions. In remodeling. however. sometimes one can only guess who installed the floor and how strong it is. Maybe it`s as strong as a battleship. or maybe it`s about to fall through to the basement. If a property owner is trying to install the floor himself. he or she may wonder how to know if the subfloor is strong enough. Let`s start with the technical and then translate it to the everyday way to tell.
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.