Floor laying can include a variety of laying methods and materials. The most common ones include cement or concrete, wood and tiles laying. Each of these laying materials and techniques is unique and therefore has different requirements. In today’s world, floor laying using tiles is becoming more and more popular due to its ease of laying, cost, durability and appearance.
The first thing to note in floor laying is that it is always better to lay the floor in original, and not stick it to the existing floor. This is because if the floor below isn’t very good, then you are bound to encounter problems. Therefore to get the best floor laying, you should first remove the existing floor tiles and then use the new ones. To remove the existing tiles, you have to go back to using hammer and chisel, but your work can be made easier by an electric chisel that you can hire. If you are removing them yourself, wear goggles and gloves, as this work involves lots of dust and what’s more, some tiles can be very sharp. You must remember that removing old tiles requires a lot of patience, and also some strength.
If you have timber floors, then you should take care of the movement. This can even result in the tiles to crack, as they are not very ductile in nature. Therefore it is better if plywood is laid over the timber floors before you lay them with tiles.
If you are laying concrete floor, then you should first apply a base coat with the right cement, fine sand and brick blast content in it. The right composition depends on the quality of the components and your own laying needs, but is typically in the ratio of 1:8:16. After taking care of the laying process and making sure the floor is flat, you should remember to cure the floor for a minimum of 10 days. This is really essential in the case of a cement floor laying.
For wood floor laying, you should make sure the materials are absolutely dry before you start laying them. Even moisture in the room can harm the floor, so choose ambient conditions when you want to lay the floor. Drying up the timber and all other materials is the biggest task before you start the actual process. Once done, you can start laying them, but make sure you account for the expansion, as they expand and contract in warmer and colder weather conditions respectively. Your floor can also be nailed to timber from existing floor to give it increased strength and durability.