There’s a huge difference when you install tile flooring on a concrete subfloor. The most obvious difference is the number of steps you need to take. Unlike laying out tile flooring on concrete, you need to take special steps to ensure that everything is installed correctly. Here are the steps that you need to perform in order to fully install tile flooring on wood subfloor:
Tip – Always consider professional floor installation before deciding to go full DIY
Prepare the subfloor – the very first thing that you need to do is prepare the subfloor. This normally means following industry guidelines, using plywood that is at least 1 1/4″ thick. Thinner wood will have a lot of play in them which is not good for use on subfloors.
Nail down the subfloor – this step might seem a little bit much but it is very useful. The subfloor must be as rigid as possible. Any flex in the subfloor will be bad for the tile. When there is an area that is not properly secured, the tile installed above it could pop right out.
Test fit the tiles – before you install the tiles, do a test fit. This will ensure that you have enough room for the right amount of tiles. Skipping this process would put you at a disadvantage. It is recommended to do a test fit just to double-check that your computations are correct. Also, this would check if the subfloor is sturdy enough to be worked on.
Apply the mortar – this part is also crucial in the installation of the Myrtle Beach tile floor. A 1/4” grooved trowel must be used for the application. The trowel must also be at a 45-degree angle while applying the mortar. This is to ensure that there will be no high or low spots. A proper mortar application is crucial to building the strength of the tile.
Set the tile – setting the tile is one of the most important parts of the entire process. The tiles must be evenly spaced and set on the mortar. It is also good to use a spirit level or a similar tool to ensure that each tile is perfectly flat.
Mixing and applying the grout – after the tiles have been set, the next thing that needs to be done is to mix the grout and prepare for the application. This is the standard procedure for any tile floor installation. The grout then needs to be applied evenly, making sure that there are no low or high spots.
Cleaning the surface of the tiles – any excess grout on the face of the tile must be cleaned out before it dries completely. Using a sponge, apply broad, long strokes to remove all excess grout. If there’s still a visible haze on the tiles, use a dry cloth to buff the surface.
As you may have noticed, installing tile flooring on a wooden subfloor takes a lot of steps. Without the right tools and expertise, it is not an easy task. If you don’t have the necessary skills for this particular task, leave it to the professionals. Flooring experts like Flooring Myrtle Beach can install floor tiles quickly and easily.
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