How To Prepare For A New Ceramic Or Porcelain Floor

Preparation is the key to a successful tile floorOne of the keys to a successful new tile floor is your preparation. Most important is the preparation that goes into the surface where the new tile is going to be laid. Before moving on, it should be stressed that caution is required in older homes where asbestos may have been in use. If you have any doubts, have your old floor tested before doing any work on it.

If asbestos is not a problem, then you can proceed, and your next steps will depend very much on what is currently in place. Ceramic or porcelain floor tiles require a flat, rigid surface. There should be no give at all when you walk on your floor, a common problem if you have floor boards as a base. You need to strengthen the floor from below before proceeding. If your floor is stable and there is no bounce or give, your next step is to check for evenness.

Tiles require a flat surface since unevenness can cause tiles to break free of the adhesive used. The easiest solution to an uneven floor base is to use cement-fiber board as a base. If you have a cement floor, then filling low points and grinding back high points can save you the cost of cement-fiber board. If you have a vinyl or linoleum floor, you can often leave it place laying cement-fiber board straight on top.

In bathrooms and kitchens, it’s advisable to use a waterproofing sealant on the base before laying your tiles. This will ensure it’s longevity, even if moisture does find its way under your new tile floor. With a good flat stable surface prepared, you can then proceed to lay your new ceramic or porcelain floor tiles.

If you have doubts about any step in the above process, then come and talk to one of the experts at Éco Dépôt. We’ll be happy to advise you on how best to prepare any surface for tile, including floors, walls and countertops. We can also help you find the most appropriate tile for your project. Preparation is always the first key to success.