SWMBO wants ceramic tiled floor in bathroom, but....
The floor to lay on is chipboard.
The toilet and pedestal to the wash basin will have to be moved (lifted)
unless I cut around them.
There are central heating pipes running under the floor, with a small access
panel in the chipboard.
How do I prepare the floor to receive the tiles.
What flooring would you suggest.
The reason SWMBO wants tiles is that our young boy has a bad aim in the
middle of the night and the carpet is starting to become marked!
For cleaning purposes, you/she would be better off with sheet vinyl - much
easier to mop clean. Scrubbing along grout lines is MUCH more work.
It's also much easier to get to the access panel with loose-laid vinyl.
You will need to check that the floor doesn't move, this could be done by
either screwing down tongue and grooved (or use a 4mm slotter in a router
and some strips of 4mm ply) WBP plywood of at least 12mm on to the
chipboard, screwing about every six inches. Or replacing the chipboard with
tongue and grooved 18mm WBP plywood. It would be a good idea to seal this
with a polyurethane. Then using a flexible flooring tile adhesive like
Ardurit X7, lay the tiles. It is advisable to lift the toilet and pedestal
and tile under. As to your access hatch, there is no reason why this
couldn't be maintained
My parents had their kitchen done and had a couple of access
hatches. I wasn't there when it was done, the the tiler said
they had put the tiles over them and grouted those particular
ones with some type of mastic which could be scraped out with
a screwdriver if necessary and the tile levered up. Not suitable
for frequent access, but for something you might need to do
only once or twice in the life of the floor, probably fine.
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