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Bathroom floor tiling..............

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by jonboysez, 1 Sep 2017.

  1. jonboysez

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    Had bathroom floor tiled about 3 years ago but it flexes and the gap between the tiles seems too big to me and its a mess now - is there anyone who knows how to tile it like they do in Spain with hardly any gap between the tiles - I'm in Huddersfield and area to be tiled is about 5 foot x 4 foot
     
  2. jctilingservices

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    Firstly you say the floor flexes, either it was not fixed correctly before tiling began or it has somehow worked it way loose a bit over time.

    what type of tiles
    what size of tiles
    what is the substrate ( you mention flex so I am assuming floorboard or wearoc )

    Any tiler will be able to tile with a small grout line, BUT that does also depend on your tile and substrate ( some tiles have no shoulder, some have deep shoulders, this all defines the size of joint you can have. Best idea is get a couple of tilers to come and have a look, tell them exactly what you want, and please listen to them if they try to explain things regarding getting your substrate sorted before going any further, or you could be back with the same problem further down the line
     
  3. L95

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    Emphasis on the TILER side of things. Most people I come across who've had floors onto floorboards have been the victim of another trade trying their hand at the specialist trade of tiling. Way more to it than "chuck some 6mm ply (wrong) down and then i'll tile it".

    In regards to your problem, as JCT said:

    Tile size & type?
    Substrate that was tiled onto?
    Materials used if you know?
     
  4. jonboysez

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    Yes he tiled onto plywood and he did actually tell me that it was flexing and wasn't too happy about it - he wasn't a tiler as such -I got him off one of those "rated" sites (probably self taught) and he put me a complete new bathroom in including tiling walls and floor - he did a good job really on a limited budget, the wall tiling is good but the floor tiling isn't - I'm now thinking would it be better to have the ceramic tiles removed and have those rubber tiles instead - are they put on top of plywood the same and would they be more forgiving of it flexing?
     
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    He told you it was flexing . Why didn't you tell him to make repairs to the substrate before going on ? Even a novice tiler will tell you that a floor with flex will end up causing you trouble in the future as it will only start to get worse, why not rip floor tiles up, get substrate fixed properly, then re-board and tile
     
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    When you mention "substrate" what exactly is that and can this be put down on top of floorboards? Some of the floorboards in my house are a bit loose too.
     
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    Subtrate is the actual floor. it could be concrete, it could be floorboards, it could be chipboard etc etc,

    because there is movement in your floor it is obviously wood of some description, this should be fixed so that there is non or at the least minimal movement / flex in the floor, it is also possible that maybe a joist or 2 need repaired below the floor so that the floor can be secured. If I were your tiler I would have checked the floor before starting to tile and made you aware of it, then should you choose to not have that rectified first, I would ask you to sign one of my disclaimers ( which you would also be given a copy ), so that if it went wrong in the future you would have no claim against me or my work. Should you refuse to sign the disclaimer I would then unfortunately have to refuse to do the work.

    One more thing I have just thought about, do you have what is called a floating floor by any chance ?
     

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