Before we begin tiling we need to make sure that the walls or floor is rigid enough and doesn’t bounce or move. If it does, we need to strengthen it up and screw everything down tight. If your floor is currently floorboards they need to be lined with cement board to provide a rigid base suitable for tiling onto.If you have plywood on the floor then we need to install a decoupling membrane to counteract the expansion of the ply. The plastering of walls should be done to a very good standard leaving walls that are plumb, flat and straight.
It may be hard to identify whether you need surface leveling on any parts of your home. However there is a rough guideline that you should abide by. If in parts of your home there is a 3-8cm gap or more across the floor, you will most likely need to repair your floor to even out the surface of it. Surface leveling could potentially lead to massive costs if not done at the forefront of when renovating your home. Ensuring that your surfaces are level and ready for the next stage of the process is vital due to tiles may cracking or dislodging from their original slot. If this happens later down the line, you will need to remove the tiles/other surfaces, then start afresh – potentially costing you a lot more money!
It may be quite obvious, but for starters, a nice, smooth and flat floor is predominately the main advantage of this surface! However there are also other additional benefits to surface leveling including the savings that you will keep over the years.