Preparing your floor ready for tiling

The importance of aesthetics varies from one individual to the other especially when it comes down to the decoration of a house. There are a lot of constraints associated with it – budget, time, availability of materials to name a few. And yet the majority of the households consider tiling to be an important aspect. If you are among them, you are not wasting your time reading this.

The subfloor

The subfloor is the underlying area on which the entire floor stands. It is the framework for the entire construction. Preparing the subfloor is the most important step because a lot of factors depend on it.

There are two possibilities – if the house is newly constructed then you need to prepare the subfloor from scratch, on the other hand, if you are considering new tiles for your floor then you can start with scraping the old tiles.

Wooden subfloors vs. concrete subfloors

Most of the houses have a wooden subfloor or a concrete subfloor. The process is different for the both. Whether it’s concrete or wood, if you are planning to get tiles for your newly constructed house, then you need to make sure that the subfloor can hold the weight. And, get your subfloor done by a reputed constructor followed by tiling. There are a plenty of service providers in Taunton, Somerset, and many of them will even provide you a free quote.

However, in an old house, start off by checking for dips and uneven areas after scraping. Locate the seams of the affected areas, fill them with caulk and then roll a layer of primer/sealer. After that, you need to pour the underlayment liquid in the dip and allow it to cool. Once the liquid cools, you will get a flat surface. Sometimes you will need to ply the existing floorboards because the old softwood floorboards are not flat, and they are too weak to support the new flooring. Ask your service providers from Taunton and clarify with them. Many concrete subfloors are uneven and it is not recommended to use tiles on them. Using a screed/self-levelling compound can solve your problem. As it dries, it will eventually flatten the uneven surface making it fit for the tiling process. The screeds, however, can be a bit problematic in the long run. The gypsum present in it reacts with the cement-based adhesive and forms a weak layer. The drying time increases drastically slowing the construction process. You can scrub off this layer or instead use a layer of DITRA mat on it after drying. The mat significantly improves the bonding, prevents moisture from getting in and makes it durable.

The less important factors

Apart from the subfloor, there are few other things to keep in mind like the size, the type and the design of tiles. These factors can save you unnecessary expenditures and hassles in the long run. There is no harm in discussing these factors with your service provider from Taunton, Somerset. You have all the information you need, so stick to your plan and the entire process will be a smooth one.

What’s the best tile to use in a wetroom?

Wet Rooms are gaining popularity amongst home these days because of its sleek ultra-modern look. Wet rooms are shower areas which are tiled and do not have plastic trays on the floor structure may it be wooden joist or concrete. The concept of having wet rooms installed originated from Scandinavia. Wet rooms, contrary to popular belief, can also be installed with wooden flooring. Wet rooms also allow for maximum flexibility when it comes to the room’s size because it is not confined by plastic trays lie conventional shower rooms.

Another advantage of having a wet room installed is that its floor is levelled, making it easier for people with disabilities to access. DY Tiling Services has successfully completed numerous wet room installation projects. DY Tiling Services is one of the most trusted names when it comes to wet room installations, tiling in Taunton and floor levelling in Somerset.

Why Choose Tiles?
There are other options available when it comes to wet room flooring. However, tiles remain to be the most popular choice amongst people. You can always opt for vinyl flooring as an alternative. The problem with them is that they do not look nearly as aesthetically pleasing as tiles. They tend to look too industrialised and less homey. You have a wider variety to choose from if you opt for tiles. They come in different shapes, colours and sizes. You can be as creative as you want when it comes to how you want the end result to come to life. DY Tiling Services has a vast portfolio that you can go through and take inspiration from.

Non-Porous Tiles
If you do end up choosing tiles for your wet room, make sure that you go for non-porous tiles. Ceramic and porcelain made tiles are some examples of non-porous tiles. If you choose porous tiles like marble, limestone and other materials that would require regular sealing to protect it from being damaged by over exposure to water, you will end up spending a lot of money for maintenance alone. Therefore, choose tiles which are specifically made for washrooms.

Slip Resistant Tiles
It is very important that the material of the tiles that you intend to use are slip resistant. The tiles that you use should at least be an R11 or an R12 in the slip resistance rating. It is also worth looking into tiles with a matte finish compared to those with glossy and slippery exteriors.

Grouting is also an important factor to consider when you are choosing the best tiles for your wet room. The standard cement grout is best for wet rooms because it offers maximum flexibility. We make sure that your grout cement is made of the highest quality materials even if it costs a bit more. If you are looking for a water proof grout, we use the finest epoxy based grouts. DY Tiling Services will be able to professionally complete your tiling project using epoxy based grouts.

Why choose DY Tiling?

Tiling is a huge part of how your interiors look. If you end up with poor tiling work, the overall aesthetics of your house will suffer. It is therefore important that the tiling company you hire is experienced and reliable. DY Tiling Services is one of the leading names when it comes to quality tiling work. We are one of the most trusted names for tiling, floor levelling and wall tiling in Taunton. We are renowned for our high quality stone flooring installations and as known as first class tile fitters throughout Somerset.

DY Tiling has been in the tiling business for many years now and we have successfully built a reputation for being one of the best when it comes to providing solutions for different tiling needs. We have a vast experience in wall and floor tiling, with a team of highly trained professionals who can guarantee only the best results. We have specialised in all sorts of tiling requirements and have accumulated a huge number of satisfied customers throughout the years. Most of them include both commercial and residential establishments in Taunton and throughout Somerset.

By choosing DY Tiling, you are guaranteed that the materials used to tile your floor and walls are sourced from the best suppliers. We have set a high-standard when it comes to the quality of the materials we use and the service that we provide. You will also gain insight into the best possible solution for your tiling needs through their experienced and trained staff. We will happily give you our informed opinions on which materials you should choose and other such specifications. Because we are experienced professionals, you can expect only the best.
Regardless of what your tiling needs are, DY Tiling Services will be able to help you out. Apart from personalised tiling projects, we also offer a large variety of tiling services which include the following:

  • Ceramic, Porcelain, Mosaic, Natural Stone, Victorian, Edwardian, Wet room, Floor and Wall tiling installations.
  • Cleaning of tiles, natural stone sealing, grouting, tile repair and tile refurbishment work.
  • Domestic and commercial tile installations.
  • Under floor heating and Ditra Matting Installation.
  • Tanking, Waterproofing and Silicone Sealant Application.
  • Outdoor tiling or slab installation and cleaning.

If you are looking for a reliable, affordable and professional company to do your tiling project, look no further. DY Tiling Services has all the answers for your specific tiling needs. We understand the importance of having quality tiles. and DY Tiling Services has comprehensive tiling packages for tiling in Taunton and Somerset. We can take a look at your place and advice you on how to go about the tiling process. They would also gladly give you a breakdown of the expected cost. The quotations we provide are free of cost. Tiling is not a cheap project to undertake, therefore it is only right that you choose the best company to do the job and make the end result worth every single penny. The tiling services that DY Tiling offers are affordable and reasonable. What else are you waiting for? Contact DY Tiling now!