Tiling on top of a wooden surface: an expert guide

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When it comes to tiling your home, many of us take it on as a simple DIY job. However, tiling on top of different surfaces can prove a challenge. Wooden surfaces, like old floorboards, can be incredibly tough to navigate. As a result, here at Tiles 2 Go, we have produced this guide to tiling on top of a wooden surface.

Movement and Flexibility

As a naturally flexible material, wooden floors do not provide a lot of stability for you to tile over. Any movement in the foundation underneath will cause your grout to chip and crack, and the tile adhesive to become less effective.

As a result, before you being tiling on top of a wooden surface, your should attach tiling backer board. This will provide a smooth, solid surface for you to tile onto, and it can stop water or movement from damaging the tiles.

Attaching tile backer board

It is fairly straight forward to apply the tiling backer-board to the wooden surface. You simply cut the board to fit the size and space you need, apply a fast acting adhesive and secure it in place. Once you have left the adhesive to set, and the backboard is fully stable, then you should drill through it and secure it into place using screws. This will make sure the backboard wont move, and keep it fully secure.

When screwing the backboard into place, make sure you get your screws to sit flush with your board, as any ridges will cause your tiling to be uneven and insecure.

Tiling onto the backer-board

Finally you can begin tiling. This is just the same as you would tile onto an ordinary surface, and you should take care to measure your space. In addition, consider using tiling spacers to make your tiling more professional.

For more help or advice, or for inspiration for your own tiling project, visit us online or in store at Tiles 2 Go.