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Tiled areas in kitchens, bathrooms and showers can be subject to high humidity or water, which means the a waterproofing layer needs to be applied before laying tiles.
Underfloor heating can cause an array of issues if not tiled onto correctly, from cracking due to heat expansion to damaging wires with your trowel.
Anhydrite screeds have become quite popular, but tilers must be aware of a number of potential problems.
Floating floors are those which are used to improve insulation and/or to reduce noise. As they are not attached to a rigid substrate, they require extra care when tiling onto.
Newly-laid screeds take time to stabilise, so tiling onto the screed too early can end in disaster as the screed shrinks during the drying process.
Tiles classed as 'natural materials' vary immensely from ceramics in appearance and application requirements
Natural stone tiles require careful preparation prior to grouting, and need regular maintenance
Timber and non-tongue and groove floorboards and chipboard are usually subject to large amounts of deflection/movement, and therefore cannot be tiled onto with even the most flexible of tile adhesives
It is possible to tile directly onto tongue and groove wooden floors by using an ultra-flexible (S2) tile adhesive, but another option is to strengthen the substrate with either a layer of floor…
Tiling on plywood is possible, but you’ll need an appropriately flexible tile adhesive to ensure tiles and grout can stand the test of time against cracking
Because wooden floors naturally bend, bounce and expand, tiles can end up cracking under the pressure if installed incorrectly.
Tiling over existing tiles is possible, but there are a few things to first consider.
Although timber frames are treated, they are vulnerable to rot and need to be kept in a warm, dry environment
Removing existing render is a large undertaking and is likely to result in damage to the substrate
There are a number of things to consider when applying an underfloor heating screed, but it’s not as complicated as you might think.
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