Installing Floor Tiles – A Basic Guide

Floor tile installation is a job for professional tilers or DIY enthusiasts who are very competitive because it usually requires special tools and a certain number of skills to make it look perfect. But if your knowledge on tile installation is limited, it is advised to get help from a professional. You can contact your local floor tilers in perth through

Placing a square or rectangular tile may seem relatively easy but difficulties arise when tiles must be cut (as they always do) and formed around obstructions in the room. Cutting hard tiles such as porcelain floor tiles or some types of natural stone is a job that can only be done by professional equipment.

It is possible to rent the right equipment but it can be expensive and there is still a risk of damaging expensive porcelain tiles with bad pieces. If you are confident enough to install your own floor tiles, or if you have used a professional tiler, the most important thing to do first is to prepare the surface on which to place the tile.

If the existing floor is concrete then the work will be fairly easy – a mortar can be applied directly to the floor and tiles placed on top. If the floor is made of wood, the solution is less simple – a cement backer unit (CBU) used with a moisture-resistant membrane is a good choice for substrate wall tiles in wet areas and is often also used to strengthen floors and provide a moisture barrier between tiles and wood underneath it.

But cement support units will not completely prevent bending of wood floors under very heavy floor weights. For very heavy tiles installed on wooden floors, plywood substrates are required. After the media is prepared the area must be measured and the layout for your tile size planned and marked.

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