The only kind of floor that could truly support tiling would be concrete, which is just as well because it is very sturdy and is often the ideal choice. However, one of the biggest problems when fixing your concrete floor up to be filled with tiles, is that you may not immediately notice right away if it is uneven. There can be nothing more frustrating than realizing that the concrete floor has uneven spots in the middle of tiling, as you would have to then remove the tiles (possibly breaking them it in the process), and properly level the concrete before being forced to repeat the whole tiling process over again. To avoid all of this, then you need to spot the uneven ground before you start tiling, which can be difficult to do with the naked eye. Do not lose hope however; there are ways to getting around that problem, and this article will act as a guide, giving you a set of instructions to aid you in properly leveling your concrete floor before tiling. It is important that you follow these instructions, as this is one home improvement project where learning from your mistakes is simply not worth the extra effort.
- Collect the necessary materials. These would include a hammer and a chisel, a bucket to hold a mixture of water and floor leveling compound, a long and flat wooden board just in case, a grinder (with the small vacuum attached if possible) a marker, and a long piece of string. Once you have these items ready, then you can continue reading below.
- Spot and mark the uneven ground. Chances are, there will be more than one area where the concrete is not level, and the wooden board will help you find out where exactly. Simply lay the board on the concrete, and push it around to find out where the uneven spots are—it is as easy as that. Alternatively, if you have someone helping you out or even if you have a family member around the house that could help you, the both of you could hold the long piece of string on opposite ends of the area, lowering it to the ground and slowly moving the string over the concrete to find the spots that aren’t level. Each time you spot one, use your marker and write over it so you remember where.
- Beat the floor back to harmony. If you find that some areas on the ground are just too high, then use your hammer along with the chisel to break away all of the excess concrete, while using your grinder on the areas where the concrete is not completely leveled, but not too glaring either. Depending on how many uneven spots you find, this part of the process could take quite a bit of time and effort.
- Take care of the lower areas. Now that you have taken care of the parts of the concrete that were too high, how about the ones that are too low? Simply pour the mixture of water and leveling compound into it and use your board to smooth those areas out.
And once you have allowed a little time for the compound to harden, then you can finally begin tiling. Well done!