Three Tips For Replacing Your Tile Flooring

Posted on: 29 September 2020

Remodeling is a great way to give your home a facelift. Tile floors are a great surface for any area in the home. Many homeowners choose to install tile because it is scratch-resistant and great with water. If you are thinking of replacing your outdated tile, here are three tips to help you install the new tile correctly:

Demo

Tile removal is a messy job. The amount of work involved will depend on the size of the room, subfloor type, and the adhesives that were used for the original installation. You will need to have several tools on hand to help you be safe and efficient. You can start with the sharply curved end of a hammer. Breaking the tile at the grout lines usually makes it easier to get under the surface when you start lifting it up. After you've cracked the surface, you can use other tools to apply leverage to the rest of the surrounding tile. Sometimes tile is installed on top of subfloors like cement, plywood, or another type of flooring in the home that was covered. The type of adhesives used to bond the tile to the subfloor can make a huge difference in how hard it is to remove. 

Subfloor Preparation

Prepping the subfloor is an important step you don't want to skip. The subfloor should be vacuumed and cleared of any debris and nails. If the subfloor was damaged during the demo, you should replace it and make sure it's level. The tile should not be laid directly on top of a plywood subfloor because a single plywood layer allows for too much movement. Any movement under tile can lead to cracking and water damage. You can build up your plywood layers to reinforce or use the cement boards.

Water Proof Flooring Adhesive

Choosing the right flooring adhesive for your new tile floors is an important task. The quality of the adhesive can affect how well your tile wears over the years and help you avoid water damage in your home. The waterproofing is especially important in rooms like a kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom. Find a waterproof flooring adhesive that will set right on top of your subfloors and help you provide another layer of protection in your home!

Replacing the tile floors can be a great way to invest in your home. Use these three tips to tackle your tile and enjoy your new flooring! 

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