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August 12, 2017 18:06

Can I put a tile on a wood floor ?

Can I put a tile on a wood floor ?

In this article, we will consider how to put the tiles on the wooden floors.

Floor tiles - very comfortable and durable material.

problems with laying the tiles do not normally occur on the floor of the apartment.

With rare exceptions, in multi-storey buildings the subfloor - is a concrete screed.

On it easy to install tiles.His replacement cement grout, which was difficult to manage, came adhesive mixtures.

With their help, tiled flooring can be laid even without skills.Problems arise in private homes, where most often equipped with a wooden floor.

And if the room can still be dispensed with linoleum or carpet, it is very difficult to do in the bathroom and in the kitchen without tiles.

Application tile as a floor covering in a private home (especially in the kitchen and in the bathroom) is justified by the fact that it is possible to get a water or electric floor heating, which will significantly reduce the cost of heating homes.

tile has a number of other advantages:

  • Durability - Operation tiled floor life is several times higher than the linoleum;
    fire resistance - tile does not burn, and in the event of a spark, do not give the opportunity to ignite the fire.The quality of coverage is especially important where there will be carried out frequent movement of people - in the corridor, in the kitchen by the stove and in the bathroom;
  • resistance to stress - the physical size of the load that can be applied to the tile without the risk of damage is enormous and can not be implemented in a private the sustainability of the living conditions of people in the room requirements are much lower.So, tile furniture can be moved without damaging its surface.Heavy cabinet is not selling the tiles, such as linoleum, which would have to be installed under the legs of furniture pad.The bathroom can be placed on a tile shower;
  • Easy to clean - unlike laminate, tiled floor tiles can be washed without fear of flowing liquid.In the bathroom, where there is accidental spillage of water risks, protects the tile floor.

We will study whether it is possible to lay the tiles on the wooden floor, how to avoid a situation where have to redo all the work.

To put it bluntly, a wooden subfloor not suitable for floor tiles.Wood has the ability to "play", crack, or, conversely, rot away from moisture.

Options for the device of floors

What if this is a tile - not hard to guess.

tile laying on the wooden floor is possible only after securing a solid waterproofing layer is not exposed as the bottom and top.

What should consist of a layer and how to correctly put, depends on the wood floor.

Because we have to make a partial disassembly, consider the components of the wooden floor.

The top layer - a linoleum, carpet or laminate, under which the substrate is located.As the pit layer can be used "zephyr" - soft padded and insulated fiberboard.

essence of this layer - to neutralize the uneven subfloor, which consists of boards laid on joists.


  • Preparations
    • Method 1 - wooden floor in very good condition
    • Method 2 - wood in poor condition - do screed
    • Method 3 - wooden floor in poor condition - do without ties
  • Selection, calculation and tiling


need to check and prepare the base before laying tiles.Let us consider three ways to carry out preparatory work.

Method 1 - wooden floor in very good condition

Using this method, you must choose - either to dismantle the finishing floor, and put a rough chipboard, or plate immediately put on the finishing floor.

is largely dependent on the ceiling height (dismantling of the floor will increase the height polotka, but on the other hand, will deepen the floor) and the desire to engage in sex homeowner disassembly.


It allowed both options.We put chipboard so that they were in the same level.Drop 3-4 mm is not critical if you plan to put large-size tiles.

gaps between the wall and the slab should be insulated with any sealant (you can use the assembly foam) flush with the plate level.

then treat the surface with varnish twice or any finished impregnation, using it according to the instructions.Our goal - to achieve waterproofing film on the surface of the plate.

Warming varnish, be very careful - it is highly inflammable agent.

Now chipboard must be applied fairly thick layer of latex, which expanded the masking grid.

Immediately after curing latex, fix the net to the plate with the help of construction stapler or wood screws.On the surface of glass plates, a liquid solution.

It can be used for instruction or to take water, water glass sand and coarse fraction in a ratio of 1: 2: 2.The dried water glass will be the basis for laying tiles.

This method can be used without dismantling the wooden floor only when there is certainty as subfloors.

Method 2 - wood in poor condition - do screed

This method is suitable for a situation where the floorboards somewhere else creak, and somewhere already sunk.To make laying tiles properly, without dismantling can not do.

Remove rather flooring, rough beams replace where necessary.Align them to the same level, cover and cook for impregnation screed.

Since direct contact of cement and wood leads to the decay of the latter and is not valid, you must provide a waterproof base screed.


Top leveled subfloor put any insulation (it can be as thick polyethylene and polystyrene plates), which are stacked on top of the construction mesh for reinforcement.

now produce high-quality waterproofing cracks in any convenient way and cover the tie.

screed can use mortar or self-leveling floor, depending on your preference.

only after the complete drying of the cast solution (according to the instructions for self-leveling floor and 8-10 days for the concrete screed), ceramic tiles can be laid.

Method 3 - wooden floor in poor condition - do without ties

To properly prepare the floor in this case, it is necessary to dismantle the top coating, substrate and roughing the floor.

Because the top is not breathable layer of adhesive and tiles, joists must be insulated against moisture available.

Joint wall and floor close below lag thick layer of insulation, and when it dries, go to sleep completely dry expanded clay.

Across the lag fasten preliminary rough floorboards, which will set the substrate.


allowed to leave small gaps between the boards subfloor.The substrate can be used gypsum sheets or cement particle boards, thickness of no more than 2 cm.

On the plate twice primed, then it is possible to carry out laying of tile.

preparatory work can be done in any of three ways.All of them are allowed to become a layer located on the lower level of tile, smooth and firm.

Based on the situation and financial possibilities, it is possible to consider and implement his own version of the tree of insulation used for the lower floor, and the organization of dense, not prone to cracking, pre-installation layer.

It should adhere to the following principles:

  • cement should not be in contact with the tree;
  • all surfaces are aligned to the level;
  • provides high-quality insulation gaps;
  • layer that fits tile, shall be firm and prevent subsidence.

technology with wooden floors before laying ceramic tiles is shown in the video.

Selection, calculation and tiling

to the bathroom it is important to choose a non-slip tiles with embossed surface.In a small bathroom or kitchen large floor tiles visually reduce the area.

for bathroom floor tiles should be chosen to match the wall tiles.Calculate the required number of tiles.

For this measure the area of ​​a room and define, will be laid poryadovo or diagonally.


Poryadovaya styling - the most economical, for counting the number of tiles add to the room area of ​​10-15%.

When laying on the diagonal will be a greater number of cuttings, this method is more complex and requires certain skills.

Since the opposite walls of the room can not be accurately parallel to each other (even a one-degree deviation significantly affect the tile laying), we derive the median angle.

to this note in the middle of each wall and drop a perpendicular to the opposite side.

Ideally, the middle point of the wall coincides with the end of the perpendicular.The clutch will start from the middle to the corners, focusing on applied line.

In this case, all the bumps and cutting edge will either be hidden under the furniture, standing near a wall, or lay a plinth.

Usually tile manufacturer recommends in the manual, a glue used for masonry.We recommend that in all three cases, when laying tile adhesive used for cement.

between adjacent tiles need to keep a certain distance.For this purpose when laying tiles near the corners insert "crosses".

After complete drying of the adhesive solution, they can be removed, and the gap fill layer of plaster, using a spatula.After drying, the plaster, it is trimmed to smooth the floor.

If you use a color suitable for the color of the plaster, you can fine brush at the seams apply topcoat.

Kitchen with floor tiles

If used white plaster and it is out of tune with the color of the ceramic floor, you should use colored grout, and then pass the topcoat at the seams.

step instructions for laying of tile on the wooden floor is shown in the video.

As we saw in the video, laying tiles on a wooden floor is possible while carrying out preliminary work on the pit layer.

Considered technology allows easy laying ceramic tiles on a wooden base.