Do you wonder whether tiling onto wooden floor is possible? Here is the good news: you can do it! You may put tiles onto your wooden floor, yet you will need to prepare the floor with a special ‘treatment’ first. In this article, you’ll learn how to prepare a wooden floor for tiling.
When it comes to adding tiles onto your wooden floor, you will need to make a layer first over your floorboards. This can be done simply by using backer boards or plywood so that the floor surface you are putting the tiles on is strong and sturdy. Hence, this will minimize any movement from the floorboards.
All said, if you are planning to directly put the tiles onto the floorboards—well, that is not recommended. That may result in breakages or cracks especially if there is unwanted movement impacting your wooden floorboards.
So, what is the procedure of tiling onto wooden floor?
Securing any loose floorboards
Start by checking for any loose floorboards before tiling on your wooden floor. This is a good start which will help you to make the surface even.
While doing this procedure, you have to be careful of any pipes and wires. Nailing and screwing may be required to make the cracks combined; and that’s what exactly where you need to put extra attention on.
Pick the overboard
There are two main recommended materials which you can use as your overboard: plywood or backer board. Both of which can be easily found in many DIY stores. When choosing one, make sure that you pick an overboard material with a minimum thickness of 12 mm. Otherwise, that may result in overboard cracks—definitely a big no when tiling your floor.
Laying the overboard
Now, place your overboard onto the wooden floor. To do this, you can combine the use of adhesive and screws. This can be the most difficult procedure to get through, especially if you are quite inexperienced.
Using a tile primer
After lying the overboard, now it’s time to prime your flat overboard. You can go with a layer of diluted SBR primer. Applying tile primer will provide you a better tiling experience—a better flexibility, tile adhesion, and board waterproofing on the go.
Time to lay your tiles!
In this final process, you need to use a combination of grout and a flexible adhesive to lay your floor tiles. But why use a flexible adhesive, you may ask?
Since tiling a wooden floor can be unpredictable—no matter how stable the floorboard is—applying flexible adhesive is believed to give your tiles a better adhesion.
So, that is the procedure of layering tiles on wooden floor. Are you ready to take tiling onto wooden floor as your weekend project?