When tiling over timber floors, either solid or particleboard, a good fibre cement sheet underlay should be put down prior to laying tiles. This prevents movement of the flooring or sub frame from cracking tiles or loosening them from the adhesive and becoming drummy.
Fibre cement sheeting should be laid as per the manufacturer’s instructions using adhesives and nails and placed so that the sheets run perpendicular to the timber flooring, thus maximizing the stability of the finished surface.
The pictures featured are of a floor that has had the tiles taken up, originally laid straight onto particle board flooring and sadly the adhesive failed, resulting in numerous cracked and loose tiles. The floor has now been covered with fibre cement sheeting. The job done by Sean of Right Look Property Maintenance Yarrabilba.
The new tiles can now be put down and the owner can have peace of mind that they will be stable for years to come.