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ggpk Tile Floors July 09th, 2018 - 18:06:35
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.
Ceramic Tile Flooring - Remodeling Over Wood Subfloors. Before you can install a ceramic tile or stone floor. you need to know if the subfloor is even capable of supporting tile. Simply put. tile can be a durable. low maintenance. beautiful floor choice...if it`s on a solid substrate. Or it can be an expensive mistake that cracks. breaks and requires multiple repairs that may never work if the subfloor is not prepared correctly. What factors do you need to look out for to decide if tile is right for your project. and what steps can be taken to insure a trouble free installation?
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.
How thick is the subfloor and what is it made of? In new construction. ¾ inch plywood or Oriented Strand Board is a standard subfloor over joists that are 16 inches on center apart. We find that is almost never enough to meet the deflection standards in most homes. Other times there is old plank flooring beneath a layer of plywood. This is a wild card. since the engineering tables usually don`t include the value for planks in their calculation. but common sense says it does add some stiffness.