05 Jun 2017
Preparing a Surface for Tiling
To begin Tiling a floor, it is crucial to ensure that the surface that you are working on is level.
To begin preparations, it is essential to prime the floor. This will seal dust in the concrete, which will allow for the adhesive or levelling agent to be applied smoothly. The primer that we use for this process can be found here. The primer will seal the floor. The product should have instructions on the label for general usage, but should the label become damaged or missing, instructions for the primer we supply can be found here.
Levelling the Floor
Tools such as Beam levels can be useful to ensure that the floor is completely even. Alternatively, a baton, or length of wood can be laid across the floor. You can then check under the length for any noticeable gaps. These gaps should then be measured. If any of these gaps are larger than 3mm or 1/8th of an inch, then the floor will likely require a self-levelling compound, such as Arc Self Levelling Compound. The preparations for making the product can be found here.
Preparing a Wall
To prepare a wall, it is essential to ensure that the surface is completely clean. This can be done by ensuring that the following are met:
- All holes are suitably filled, with time being taken to ensure that the filler is completely dried.
- All nails and wall paper must be removed from the surface, and the holes left by these should be suitably filled and left to dry
- Any loose plaster should be removed and repaired
- Once the wall is suitably repaired, it is paramount to ensure the surface is level
- Any repairs should be suitably filed down, by sanding down the surface, to ensure that it is completely level.
- The surface should then be cleaned, to ensure that any loose particles such as dust, are completely removed from the surface.
- The surface can be checked to ensure it is level by laying a wooden batten from corner to corner of the room, ensuring that the batten always remains in contact with the wall. If the batten loses contact with the wall, the gaps should be measured, to ensure that there are no spaces over 3mm.
- If a brick or blockwork surface is being worked on, it may prove to be too uneven to properly apply tiles onto. For this, tile backer boards must be used to allow for an even surface. The surface should also be capable of baring the extra load that will be applied by the tiles.