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  1. Cat

    Cat TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Hemsby
    What would you all suggest for preparing our upstairs bathroom floor for tiling?

    Currently it is standard T&G floorboards with gaps here and there where it was repaired by the previous owner.

    My first thought was to put a thin ply over the existing and screw it down. Do I need to do anything else?

    Ideally keeping thickness to a minimum.

    I dont have any tiles in mind yet, but once the hexagon one is finished and usable I want to start on this one.

    Thanks, Cat
     
  2. Simon Dale

    Simon Dale Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Maidstone
    I love Dukka board ! I get it cheap lol. Jacko board . Hardie ?Not ply
     
  3. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Your tiler should advise on what he prefers to use but most use hardiebacker or ‘no more ply’
    Both 6mm thick and both cement boards. Or there are insulation boards, generally used at 10mm thick on floors
     
  4. Cat

    Cat TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Hemsby
    I was hoping for something thinner, but it thats what it needs to be then thats what I will do. Thanks
     
  5. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    You won’t get anything thinner than 6mm. Unless your floor is in tip top condition, then you could use an uncoupling layer less than 1mm thick directly onto the floorboards but by the sounds of it, that’s probably not going to work for you.
     
  6. Cat

    Cat TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Hemsby
    Floors aren't great. There was a leak at some point under the bath so they replaced some but not all of boards. My partner had seen something on YouTube I think where they put thin ply down and then some mesh stuff but don't know what it's called, is that the same stuff you just mentioned?
     
  7. Cat

    Cat TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Hemsby
    Everything will be taken out as moving bathroom round so was planning on tiling everything and having a fee standing bath
     
  8. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Avoid plywood and go with what I said in my first post.
     
  9. Cat

    Cat TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Hemsby
    Will do. Thanks for the advice
     
  10. pdc

    pdc Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    If you're taking everything out and moving it around you might as well take the floorboards up and replace them with something more suitable for tiling. You can then also make sure the floor is solid.
     
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  11. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    As @pdc@pdc said and on the plus side you know it will last as wont need any pontential future repairs.
     
  12. Del W

    Del W Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Canterbury
    Lilley Tile & Stone stock 22mm thick tongue & groove cement board. Replace floorboards with this, heres theyre number. 01227362612. Don't know if they will deliver to you as they are based in Herne Bay, Kent.
     
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