Many people consider ceramic tile flooring to be elegant, timeless and durable. It’s also popular because it is easy to clean and comes in an array of colors, textures and sizes. Of course, the key to an amazing looking tile floor is a quality sub-floor and underlayment. When flooring contractors use the best material for the job, they will be able to create an amazing look that will last for years.
Best Sub-floors for Ceramic Tile
When installing tile, there are several different materials that contractors can use. The proper subfloor makes a level and smooth surface for the flooring material to stay on. Tile does best when the subfloor is made of smooth concrete without cracks. It also does well when set over a plywood subfloor as long as it is level. An old tile floor makes a great subfloor for new ceramic tile, as long as there are no cracks in the old tile.
Best Underlayment for Ceramic Tile
If a subfloor is not exactly ready to receive ceramic tile flooring, an underlayment should be put down to prepare the surface. It can help with an uneven subflooring or to help control moisture. The best underlayment for tile is cementitious fiber board, an uncoupling membrane or a self-leveling underlayment. Flooring contractors will have the best possible outcome when using any of these for the underlayment when preparing to install tile.
While many flooring contractors may have a preference for different materials for underlayment and sub-floors depending on the location, climate and cost, most experts agree that there are certain materials that are the best when it comes to supporting a top quality ceramic tile floor.