The Surface, The Covering, And The Work
As long as a tile flooring is secured, hardwood can be installed over it. How to install it is the more interesting part; it is much less tedious or arduous than you might think. It doesn’t involve great physical or mental ability, great effort, too much labor or a lot of endurance.
It involves ‘floating’ floors. If it doesn’t involve using floating wood floors, then it involves tile removal and other preparations such as sanding and resurfacing.
What Exactly Is A Floating Floor?
Well floating is not an act of levitation, it is a type of wood flooring. A floating wood floor is made of several if not many ply layers. This multi-layered composition makes the floor stronger and more stable. So much so, it can be installed over ceramic tile, concrete, or radiant heat flooring and still maintain its even surface.
Floating wood floors are installed with a simple click-lock method or with glue. Glue is by no means necessary. The purpose of a floating floor is to absorb moisture (then dry) and to expand and contract in humid conditions. But because of its multilayer matrix and thickness, it excels as covering over other floor surfaces such as tile.
Things To Do For Installing Wooden Floors Over Tile
- Be sure the tile surface you’re installing the wood floor onto is stable, strong, and level. If not, you’re looking at a
- back-breaking job. You’ve got a floor to rip up or re-surface.
- Decide what your budget is before you go shopping around; there are low grade to premium woods available.
- Be sure you have studied the entire procedure from start to finish before you start anything; you’re a novice.
- Measure properly and buy the correct amount of wood (you don’t want to overspend).
- Be sure you choose the right grain and color of wood for the area to be covered; don’t make a
- fashion faux pas.
- Have the necessary tools and accessories ready for use; be sure you accounted for them in your budget.
- Clean the existing flooring and dry it before starting; avoid mold and mildew in the future.
- Be sure your pets and family will not be using the area in which you plan to install your wood flooring.
- Be sure your sidewalls are already painted, wallpapered, etc. before you begin and that your baseboards are removed.
- Set aside adequate time and have some company; it always helps.
Start with a clean, even, dry surface tile. Have all wood and necessary supplies assembled and the area vacated. Remove baseboards. Lay down hardwood flooring paper over the tile before laying the hardwood flooring. Start laying from a corner, 90 degree area against a wall. Do not start in the middle of the floor.
Glue down floating floors only if you have concrete flooring that has less than a 4% moisture content. Use a click-lock or tongue and groove flooring if possible. Both connections will make your installation easier. Use a level. It never hurts to be sure the floor your laying flooring on is level all along the way. Click-lock or tongue-and-groove your way to completion.
Check the floor for a level surface area in a variety of spots when you are finished. Sand or refinish according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Only refinish a wood floor if you can handle the refinishing machine. If not, you will ruin your floor. This may be the only step for which you may want a professional.