Many homes today are built over a concrete slab, rather than a full basement. Removing the wood flooring and adding a layer of cement backer board on top of the subfloor for tiling is certainly a possibility, but you are right to be concerned about flexing, as cement board adds little in the way of strength to the floor. Because of this, installing a floor to an attic always involves some level of disturbance. On the other hand, hardboard is one of two choices of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute as the best underlayments for resilient flooring. Go and stand in the middle of a room and start jumping — the floors are going to bounce.
The surface of the floor must be flat and level (per our subfloor specifications) and the condition of the floor good. Our plan is to cover it with a more permanent flooring this year, but if we can’t, it will still look good next year. As such, adding a floor can cause the insulation to compress, thus squeezing out the insulating ability of the fiberglass. By following all the steps to prepare your subfloor, you create a solid foundation for your wood flooring.
For tight seams for your plywood pieces, use a pneumatic stapler about every 8 inches (20.3 cm) along edges. Parallel Lines Studio – Most of the featured projects that we’ve looked at are looking to cut costs by working with plywood, but there are also ways to turn plywood into a classy upmarket flooring option. The first harsh reality: 4-foot-x-8-foot sheets of plywood would not fit in the building’s elevator.
To my surprise, the marble tiles were laid directly on top of this plywood without cementboard (probably because the toilet drain calls for a rear flush model, and cementboard would have disrupted where the toilet and drain met). Here are the common subfloors you’ll deal with on the job and checklists to help you make sure the subfloors will be ready for your wood flooring installation. Ron – You CAN do that, although it’s a bit of a hassle and I don’t really recommend it because you’ll cause the tiles that you’ve just put down to shift.
First, it’s important for the boards to run perpendicular to the floor the recommended approach is to start on one side of the room and work across it. The reason for that is you can keep your floor running straight and parallel to the wall. For any flooring 3” or wider the difference should be within 2% mc. Without a proper moisture meter, you cannot determine if the flooring has been properly acclimated. Plywood used as underlayment for sheet vinyl flooring should also have a sanded, smooth surface on the topside.
Its is a really good idea to wash over the dry concrete and screed with a solution of 2 pva to 1 water and lay the tiles while the floor is still slightly damp. When you get to the last two or three rows, it will be difficult to use the floor nailer, so you may need to top-nail as you did the first row. Before doing anything we are going to stabilize our floor from below, however, we are still very limited on our flooring options.
Sometimes you are better off using engineered flooring than solid flooring products because of dimensional stability. Straight walls: Use a straightedge or straight piece of wood (like a 2×4) to crease the linoleum against the corner where the wall meets the floor. Work from the middle of the floor to the edges, taking care to carefully roll over the entire floor.
After the plywood sheets were cut to a predetermined size, the couple placed them directly on top of the foam underlayment. Once the plywood subflooring is installed, check the edges for any ridges caused by the sheets of plywood not laying flat or being of different thicknesses. Installation starts with one sheet of plywood, placed perpendicular to the joists in one corner. So my thought is you can forgo the cost of the plywood and glue your bamboo directly to the concrete.
If you installed the floor joists on 16 inch centers the process of laying out tongue and groove plywood and creating the subfloor should be a breeze. Please, seriously consider removing the old flooring and make sure that you have a good even surface for your new flooring. At all time, manufacturer warranties for the flooring material must be considered when installing the underlayment and subfloor. While many tilers simply screw or nail the cement backer board down to the subfloor, it will provide a more solid surface if thin-set adhesive is used to adhere the backer board to the plywood subfloor. It will also cause your floor to pop loose and possibly ‘tent’ or peak at the seams.
When installing decking you should lay the pieces so the long dimension of the plywood extends across the joists and the short dimension runs up the joist length. Inspect your sub-flooring carefully and ensure any problems are resolved before installing your finished flooring; sub-floors should be dry, clean and completely flat. Plywood and OSB subfloors over joists are most common in newer homes and new construction, typically in homes with basements or crawlspaces. If you live in an area which is known for flooding or your particular home has a history of flooding, you may want to reconsider putting in a hardwood floor.
It’s important to note that when installing the plywood sheets, do NOT nail within 10 inches of the side closest to the tongue UNTIL the adjacent sheet is hammered in. If you tighten the plywood down to the joists near the edge, it is much more difficult to install the sheet. Allow the grout to dry until the material left on the face of the tiles becomes hazy. After sketching out the bedroom layout, Bath and Dalley installed the plywood in sheets. Flooring that may have minor edge damage or distortion should be trimmed off before installation.
If you leave existing floor covering in place, always check the height differences with floor coverings in adjoining rooms. As an aside, you should check with your building inspector to see if you can legally run electrical wiring under the floor. Ok,so i recently removed 5 (yes 5) layers of vinyl flooring from my kitchen in preparation to lay down tile. I did use a nail set to punch the nails down just below the level of the floor.
I’m still glad I didn’t use T&G plywood because my floor is still level and also I’m now considering routing my power wires under the floor to the center of the shop versus through the ceiling and down. Resilient flooring manufacturers frown on hardboard, and it is becoming tough to find this material, but it does provide a good, hard and smooth surface. Lay the material roughly cut, with an excess of around 10cm lapped up the walls so you can trim to fit exactly once the vinyl is fully in place. Adding an additional layer of plywood can create other problems with adjoining floor heights.
Once the sub-floor is level, you can proceed with gluing your flooring using the manufacturer’s recommended adhesive. If this type of underlayment is present, it will have to be removed when planning to install a nail or glue down hardwood floor. This will help prevent cracks forming when the seam in the floor is directly over the seam in the plywood. Underlayments for soft flooring like carpet are very different from underlayments for hard surfaces.
If it doesn’t cause your floor to get too high, I would add a second layer of 1/2″ plywood, topped by either backer board or a membrane like Ditra. The clicking method (or CLIC) literally involved clicking the tongue and groove edges together for each board you lay. DIY Dork – If you want the plywood diy installation guide to end all diy guides then head on over and visit Kevin at (great name!).
About 10% of the tiles still have a visual haze when the light hits them just right. To keep an equal distance between the boards (we still wanted to be able to see that they are planks of wood and not one solid piece of floor) we used some old credit cards as spacers. Unless the floor gets really wet on a daily basis this should last indefinitely.