So the decisions have been made on tile material, color, pattern, and size/shape. So what comes next? Whether installing floor tiles or wall tiles, the next consideration is what you will be laying or placing the tiles on. As with anything of this nature, preparation is everything. Is the surface suitable to lay on? Does it need any work beforehand? If it is not suitable, do we need to install some sort of underboard or backing, and if so, what type? As you can see, this whole installation thing is not as simple as some people might think, and that’s where professionals come in handy.
Things to Look For
The first thing to address is to assess if there are any issues and if there are, how do we address them? Our professional tile installers will examine the area to be tiled and look for several things. Is the area to be tiled flat enough? Does the area have any lower spots that may cause issues during installation? Is there any need for slopes on the surface, for instance to allow water to drain off the finished tiles? Is it level or does it need to be level? Once our team has made an assessment, then they can then discuss the optimum solution for the particular situation.
Once issues are identified, we can discuss solutions. As with the myriad of tiles types and materials, this can often be confusing. But our experienced technicians will talk you through the options and offer suggestions based on their knowledge while looking to fit your budget. There are a number of solutions which fall into three main categories; membranes, backing boards, and floor underlayment preparation materials. Which of these suits your chosen tiles – and the installation area – best is a major part of how good the finished project will be.
Mortar beds used to be the under surface of choice but have mainly fallen out of favor for a number of reasons, including how long they take to do and also the weight they can add. There are also a number of other underlayment choices, from trowelled-on patches to self-leveling underlayment. There are also membranes which can be installed to produce a suitable under surface. These all tend to be tricky jobs which need a professional hand to carry out properly. Contact us today to find out more.
Which is the Best Choice?
The choice of underboards is not always straightforward or simple. Sometimes a combination of products may be needed in order to create the ideal surface for your tile installation. We have carried out work where a very light coat has been needed, while in other circumstances the floor has needed as much as five inches of added surface. professional tile installers should always be used, ideally ones who are a Journeyman from the IUBAC or a Ceramic Tile Education Foundation Certified Tile Installer. With all the skills and experience you need, we are the best choice in the Broomfield area!