The old fashioned mud method of floating a thick mortar bed in preparation for the tile has given way to using cement backer board over a plywood subfloor. Score the surface of the board.
Still you may need to tile directly over an existing hardwood floor for instance to avoid raising the floor level significantly relative to an adjacent floor.
Tile bathroom floor over wood. Likewise many builders recommend covering the existing wood flooring with a one quarter inch plywood substrate and then laying the tiles on top of the plywood. To install the tile you must first install concrete board. Floor tiles usually should be laid over a strong underlayment of cement board or treated plywood.
Lay down 1 2 inch thick cement backerboard over the wood subfloor or hardwood. Installing tile over a wood subfloor is a lot easier today than it was when i started my remodeling career. Cut the board with a utility knife to the correct sizes and then adhere the board to the wood by using tile adhesive nails or screws.
To lock the tiles in and create a solid floor for your bathroom you ll need to first layer a thin amount of mortar to set the tiles and grout to connect them to one another. Cut the backerboard to fit the edges of the room with a carbide tipped scoring tool. Video of the day.
Tools you ll need for installing vinyl tiles vinyl tiles or planks. If so make sure the floor is solid and well sealed. Mortar usually comes in two varieties pre mix and unmixed mortar that comes in a box.
With all of this in mind here s a look at how to install a vinyl floor over a wood floor. Concrete board typically comes in 3 5 foot sheets and it can be attached to the wood subfloor to provide extra strength. Melanie asks can i tile directly over finished wood flooring that is in good condition if the hardwood flooring is composed of narrow boards with a very smooth flat surface you could leave the flooring in place and screw cement backer board down on top of it but there are better options you might want to consider.