Preparing a Floor For Tiling
If you’re a bit of a DIY fan, you might want to install your tiles yourself. Tiled floors are great for any residential or commercial property, offering both style and practicality. Tiles are very easy to maintain giving you peace of mind against deterioration of the product. So, exactly how do you prepare your floor for tiling that is of a professional standard?
1. Preparing the Floor
Once you’ve chosen your perfect tile, you need to prepare the floor you plan to install it on. A lot of the preparation depends on the base material you plan to install your tiles on to.
Old Tiles - Start by sweeping and dust or debris off the old tiles before applying a layer of suitable tile primer. You can then lay the new tiles directly on top of the old ones. This is only applicable if the base tiles do not have bevelled edges or a raised surface. Flat tiles are the only type you can tile on top of.
Concrete - Sweep and clean the concrete and double check the surface is level. If the floor is not level, se a self-levelling compound to create a perfect base. Concrete floors will then need priming with an acrylic primer before laying the tiles on top.
Floorboards - Never lay tiles directly on top of floorboards. The weight of the tiles will likely be very unsupported. Timber floors instead need reinforcing, preferably with a layer of exterior grade plywood. Make sure the joins of plywood are not in line with the joins of the original floorboards. This creates a stronger structure on which you can install your tiles.
2. Start in the Centre of the Room
We would recommend starting your tiling from the centre of the room and working your way out. If you start from the outside, you run the risk of ending up with a unsymmetrical look since most rooms are not perfectly square. To find the centre of the room, measure one wall and mark the midpoint then repeat this on the opposite wall. Then, draw a chalk line where the two points meet across the room. Do this again with the other two walls in the room and you will find the perfect centre.
3. Laying the Tiles
The centre of the room is crucial to the success of your tie laying. Start from the centre and dry lay the tiles on your floor. This gives you the chance to work with the style and layout and of course make sure that the tiles fit accordingly. Also, If you need to cut some tiles, this will also give you the chance to get this done before permanently installing the tiles.
For more information about how to use adhesive and grouting you can read our post previous post, How Do I Use Adhesive and Grouting, here. Alternatively, you can call or email a member of our team at any time to speak further about the process.