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.