Do You Need To Prime Cement Board Before Tiling?

Cement boards fitted to studwork

When I decided to remove the old carpets in the two bedrooms of my home, I was looking forward to replacing them with tiles – since I hadn’t done this sort of project before. The project ended up giving me first-hand knowledge of laying tiles on a plywood substrate. In addition, I learned important lessons … Read more

The Best (And Most Durable) Subfloor Thicknesses For Tiling

Floor tiles being laid onto a concrete floor and then tile adhesive

Subflooring is a foundation layer part of the building structure and is most important to every floor and reinforcement specifications. There are different types of subfloors, and each one forms the base for any optional underlayment and ultimately provides the foundation of the surface flooring material.  The subfloor structure should be quality material conforming to … Read more

Tiling And Luan: Everything You Need To Know

Various different types of wood including OSB plywood and mdf

Let’s get straight to the point: luan (the plywood-based product) should only be used as a subfloor for tiles if you love tiling and can’t wait to redo your entire project again soon! Although it is often used as an underlayment when putting down material such as vinyl sheets, it is not suitable for use … Read more

How Long It Takes To Tile An Average Sized Room

Using a spirit level when tiling to ensure everything is level

You could be tempted to tile your floor if you want something durable, long-lasting, and aesthetically pleasing. Although the result is worthwhile, the process might be more costly and time-consuming than other floor coverings. Depending on your budget, you can lay tile floors yourself or hire a professional tiler. For a 40-square-foot space, most people … Read more

9 Ways To Stop Your Tiles From Tenting (Bending And Moving Upwards)

A few cracked tiles after tenting issues underneath

Tiled surfaces are popular for floor and wall applications because they are durable, low maintenance, and easy to keep clean. Occasionally though, the unthinkable happens, and tiles start popping off the smooth, neat surface. Sometimes quite dramatically!  Inadequate space to allow for tile and subfloor expansion is the most common reason tile tenting occurs.   … Read more

Do You Need To Seal A Plywood Floor Before Tiling?

Various construction work being done in a room with plywood floors

Plywood has been a decent subfloor material for many decades; however before starting a tiling job, you will want to ensure that it is properly treated in order to protect your home. Plywood is a wood material and needs to be waterproof to avoid dampness and moisture from below. In addition, applying a double sealant … Read more

How High (How Many Rows) Should You Tile At A Time?

Putting new tiles back on the wall sage green metro style

Tiling a room can be intimidating if you haven’t done it before. All of us are under constant time pressure, so we’d like to complete the project as quickly as possible. Ideally, we’d want to get the job done in a day or two, but is it possible to tile large areas in one go … Read more

Can You Lay Tile Directly on Hardie Backer?

The back of HardieBacker board

It is essential to choose suitable materials when installing new tile flooring. For example, when you’re laying tile on a wood subfloor, you need a cement backer board as an underlayment to prevent water leaks that can damage your flooring. So, never lay tiles on the substrate directly; instead, lay the tiles on the installed … Read more