If you look closely, you would realize that there are actually four layers in any tiled surface. These are – Joists, Subfloor, Underlayment, and Tile/Stone.
Joist is what bears the load of the floor and stuffs placed on the floor after installation. This horizontal structure, often made from timber or steel, arranged in parallel patterns, to support the floor. You can compare it with the horizontal beams used to support ceiling in buildings.
Subfloor is a sub-floor that remains hidden and helps create even and durable floors, walls, and counters.
Underlayment is an accessory used between subfloor and tiles for a variety purposes such as insulation, waterproofing, and sound proofing.
Of these, we will talk about how important a good quality subfloor is for a strong and durable tile floor.
Subfloor is the deepest layer of a floor. Typically, it is made from concrete. However, there are different materials subfloor is made from. Such as – plywood, Oriented Strand Board (OSB), and Plank. Mixed subfloor is that that is made from different materials, for example: plywood and OSB or concrete and plywood.
Concrete and plywood board are two most popular subflooring options. OSB could be your choice is you are short on budget and do not want to invest your time and money in creating plywood and concrete subflooring.
For hardwood and vinyl flooring, plywood subfloor is considered ideal. The most suitable thickness for the plywood subfloor here should be between ½ and ¾ inch. Make sure that the rating of plywood board should be A/C.
On the other hand, for ceramic, porcelain, and stone flooring, the best subfloor material is concrete. You can create a perfect fit, even subfloor using cement-mortar or concrete mix right according to your requirement. To create this subfloor, you will need to focus on the quality and stability of joists beneath the subfloor. But, if you want to create plywood subfloor here, you will need to get a thick plywood board.
The Quality of Subfloor -
A good quality subfloor should be perfectly even. It should also be completely dry and free from dust and loose debris before tile installation. If not, your floor will –
* Have uneven areas and tiles
* Have lower lifespan
* Be Saggy
* Be prone to damages
* Loose its grip on subfloor
Subfloor is what gives the tiles above with strength and durability.
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