Reinforcing fabric when tiling

Tiles are laid today on almost any surface. However, according to the properties of the subsoil then preparations must be made. One possibility is the insertion of a reinforcing fabric when tiling in the tile adhesive. You can read how to proceed and what else to consider for reinforcing mesh and tiles.

Tiles can now be laid on almost any surface

Laying tiles has long been a common task among do-it-yourselfers. Especially when tiling has done a lot in recent decades:

  • Laying tiles in a cement thick bed
  • Development of tile adhesives
  • Product expansion of flexible adhesives with plastic granules
  • multilayered aids such as glass fiber reinforcements as mats or fibers

Reinforcement fabric when laying tiles

Alone with this development, there is almost no surface on which tiles can not be laid. Above all, it is important to take into account the special features of the existing subsoil. A typical example of when a reinforcement fabric can or should be incorporated is when laying tiles on a wooden floor.

Even on screed or concrete, a reinforcing mesh can be useful

But screed and concrete floors also show vibrations. This means that cracks along joints or even through tiles can become apparent over the years, even with such seemingly solid substrate conditions.

The use of reinforcing mesh before the tiles is therefore recommended even with very good substrate. In particular, if the subsequent load of the soil is high, such as in a retail store or in the private household of the kitchen, the use of a reinforcing fabric is recommended.

Processing of the reinforcement fabric when tiling

The processing of a reinforcement fabric is very simple. The tile adhesive is now no longer applied to a train, but in two steps. Apply enough tile adhesive so that the substrate is well covered. Now the reinforcement fabric is laid out. Then use the smoothing trowel to pull up more tile adhesive.

Finally, the tile adhesive is carefully combed with a trowel (incorporating webs). Alternatively, you can use the buttering-floating method. The tile adhesive on the substrate is either only smoothed or combed carefully (not deep).

For this tile adhesive is applied on the tile side and combed crosswise to the webs on the ground. The tile is now pressed in the typical circular movements in the adhesive bed and aligned.

Tips & Tricks

Depending on the product, the use of a reinforcement fabric on almost any surface is recommended: concrete, screed, on old tiles, wood and OSB boards, in wet rooms, etc. Make sure, however, that you also consider other possible precautions and special features. That, for example, a wooden floor is firmly bolted before laying the tiles, that other measures such as impact sound insulation or vapor barriers are taken into account.

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