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Advice on laying Floor Tiles please

agriff2 Avatar
7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
My hubby has finally given in to me having a new kitchen, yippee!!
We're planning on putting floor tiles down but need some advice on which is the better method of laying them - on a concrete floor or wooden floor. Do you need a different adhesive for putting them onto concrete or wood. Is there a better brand to buy??
Hope this makes sense!!!
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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1 Like #1
if its a wooden floor make sure its level, floorboards that are up and down wont work too well. you can loose lay them too, dont have to be stuck down. Heuga are the most popular brand as far as i've seen. They can be pretty expensive too.
1 Like #2
if onto floorboards u will need to cover them with ply 1st
1 Like #3
Do you need a different adhesive for putting them onto concrete or wood. Is there a better brand to buy

yes theres one for wood and 1 for concrete dont scrimp on the adhesive t has to be good stuff need to be very flexible because you will be walking on it
#4
Jed Maxwell
if its a wooden floor make sure its level, floorboards that are up and down wont work too well. you can loose lay them too, dont have to be stuck down. Heuga are the most popular brand as far as i've seen. They can be pretty expensive too.


oh opps sorry I assumed they were carpet tiles. Obviously ceramics can't be loose laid. lol
#5
Jed Maxwell
oh opps sorry I assumed they were carpet tiles. Obviously ceramics can't be loose laid. lol


loool ok then i will retract the ist of expletives i just called you after i spent £200 on adhesive!! :-D
#6
kungfu
if onto floorboards u will need to cover them with ply 1st


yeah, 4mm or 6mm ply the floor first
#7
Jed Maxwell
oh opps sorry I assumed they were carpet tiles. Obviously ceramics can't be loose laid. lol


Thats why i couldnt make out what you were talking about,lol. I've left you rep and every1 else too!!

We need to know whether to lay concrete or a chipboard suspended floor before laying the tiles, which is the best way of doing it??
#8
hey, firstly congrats on getting new flooring done - and by the hubby too! nice one.
#9
kippy
hey, firstly congrats on getting new flooring done - and by the hubby too! nice one.


Thank you, i dont know whats come over him;-) I cant wait, ordered the kitchen units yesterday :)
#10
agriff2
Thank you, i dont know whats come over him;-) I cant wait, ordered the kitchen units yesterday :)


dont hold you breath, weve had out tiles for like ever and they are not yet layed!!

outrs are going on conctrete as thats whats already there just have to make sure its very very very flat or the tiles will split!! :thumbsup:
1 Like #11
The old man is a professional tiler, so here goes.

Wooden floors need specific prep work and a 2 part flexible adhesive must be used to prevent tile cracking or failure.

Concrete floors are more stable and you will get away with a single part flexible adhesive.

If laying a natural stone, then seek profesional advice.

Make sure that you use a flexible grout too!

Good luck but if you have any doubt then do more research. This link may help you...[url]www.tilersforums.co.uk[/url].

If you want more advise then please PM and I will try and help.
#12
agriff2
Thank you, i dont know whats come over him;-) I cant wait, ordered the kitchen units yesterday :)


you will take some photos when its completed wont you, so we can oogle (and show to our own OH how life could be so much better), you know how they get. play them at their need to compete with each other hehehehe :whistling:

did a random google, just saw this.
http://www.tiles.org.uk/events/09tilingcomp.shtml
1 Like #13
bal adhesives are excellent - especially for pesky porcelain or natural stone tiles.
banned 1 Like #14
find the centre point of kitchen and lay 4 tiles around this as a start point

and get an electric tile cutter as the manual ones are rubbish and cost more in the long run due to broken tiles
1 Like #15
put a battern down across the floor first to see if it's level ,if it's not you will see under the battern any gaps, i was about to lay mine from the centre of the the room but my floor was lower in the centre of the floor than towards the edge's, i thought if i start to lay from the centre ,when i get to the edge there going to be higher up and un even so you can buy a self levelling compound from any builders or d.i.y store. Apply this first
#16
Thanks for the great advice/tips, will make sure hubby reads them when he finally finishes work!
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#17
Get a basic tile adhesive - they are mostly the same - but I recommend investing in a flexing agent additive. They are inexpensive and you will be grateful in 5-10 years time.

I would lay on concrete if you have the option. If you don't seal them correctly and water gets to the wood it is an expensive job when it starts to rot.

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