There comes a time when replacing the bathroom floor can no longer be ignored. Perhaps the old linoleum is starting to curl up in the corners or the tile has become chipped in several places. Regardless of the reason, it may be time to replace that old flooring with something that is newer and that will bring your bathroom to the 21st century. In order to make your investment last, there are certain guidelines that should be followed when replacing any kind of bathroom floor.
Remove all of the old flooring first
In order to ensure that your new flooring will adhere properly, it is important to make sure that all the old flooring material, adhesive, and any damaged subflooring is removed. This may require some physical effort on your part, but the labor is well worth it since it will affect the overall durability of your new floor. Depending on what your old floor is made of, you may need to have special tools to do the job or you may be able to use a prybar, hammer, and scraper.
Ensure that the subfloor is level
Over time, the subfloor of a home can shift and this can create some spots in your floor which are not level. Once you’ve removed all of the old flooring material, it is a good idea to carefully go over your subfloor and check for any uneven places. If you find some, you will need to fill those places in before proceeding any further.
Protect against moisture
One of the most important qualities that flooring should have is the ability to resist moisture. As you probably know, tile and stone are laid down in squares and then the gaps are filled with grout. However, moisture can still find its way through these gaps, gathering in your subfloor. If you are going to be using ceramic or stone tile, for example, you may want to use it with Schluter kerdi, a type of waterproof layer that is rolled out on the subfloor before you lay down the tile or stone. This is an effective method and will prevent your subfloor from becoming damaged over time.
Laying ceramic or stone tile can be a bit complicated so it would be a good idea to take some time before you begin the project and organize your materials. By putting them in order of use, you are less likely to skip a step and make a mistake. Start with the Schulter systems that you have decided to use, setting them on the subfloor. Then make sure that you have enough tiles to cover your floor and stack them neatly in piles at the entrance to the room. Your tools should be laid out in the order that you will be using them.
Focus on one step at a time
As you begin working on the project, you should make sure that you are focusing on one step at a time, double checking to make sure that each process is correctly completed before beginning the next one. In this manner, you will be able to work in a systematic method that allows you to create a beautiful floor.
Any house project, including that of laying tile in a bathroom, should be approached with careful thought and planning.