Glue tiles professionally on wood

Basically, gluing tiles on wood is not considered optimal. Also, not every wooden floor is suitable for tile bonding. As is often the case, it is the preparatory work that has a decisive influence on the result, but also on the longevity of the tiled floor. Below is a detailed guide to tile bonding on wood.

Only modern building materials allow the bonding of tiles on wood

Wood has properties that do not accommodate a rigid tile floor. Wood vibrates, when it absorbs moisture and releases it expands uncontrollably, by passing wood also gives way dynamically. These are all reasons that speak against wood as a subfloor for tiles. Modern building materials together with accurate work, however, allow the fundamental laying on wooden floors.

Decouple vibrations

In order to remove the vibrations from the wooden floor, a special vibration and creeping ground is usually laid. These can be corresponding chipboard, optimally so-called cement screed panels. These materials increase the structure but by 5 to 7 cm. If not so much height is possible, a special decoupling plate can be selected, which means only about 1 cm additional height, but it is much more expensive.

Step-by-step instructions for bonding wooden tiles

  • tiling
  • highly elastic tile adhesive
  • Acrylic sealant
  • sealing adhesive emulsion
  • Leveling filler (leveling screed)
  • Decoupling plates or screed mats
  • associated screed adhesive
  • Drywall screws
  • Polystyrene-wall insulation strip
  • Flexible grout
  • Screws for the wooden floorboard
  • possibly reinforcing fabric
  • Cordless Screwdriver
  • sander
  • possibly roll grinding machine
  • trowel
  • Abzieheisen
  • trowel
  • notched trowel
  • Quast
  • stapler

1. Preparation of the wooden floor

First of all you have to make sure that all wooden planks are screwed tight. Loose planks screw you new.

2. Sanding the wood surface


Then the entire floor is completely cleaned.

Now close the plank joints with the acrylic sealant, the sanded wooden planks with the sealing emulsion. If that is not sufficient primer for the screed adhesive, apply a special primer after drying.

3. Laying the insulation boards, mats or sheets

Now lay the vibration-absorbing insulation boards according to the manufacturer's specifications on the board floor. For cement screed use screed glue.

4. Gluing the tiles on the "wooden floor"

Now lay the tiles as with any other floor. However, use the flexible tile adhesive instead.

5. Stick wood tiles directly onto the wood

Of course you can glue the tiles directly to the wood, but it is the riskiest installation. In this case, the wooden planks must also be pretreated (including the sanding and application of primer), except that you just lay no insulation boards.

For the tile adhesive now even greater attention. "Normal" flexible tile adhesive is no longer sufficient. Instead, you now use highly flexible tile adhesive, which is mostly available on synthetic resin basis.

6. Grouting the tiles

Whether you have glued the tiles directly onto the wood or on the previously installed insulation boards, for grouting the tiles you also use a maximum flexible joint filler in order to exclude tensions as far as possible in advance.

Tips & Tricks

You can glue tiles to wood, which is bolted directly to the beam underframe (false ceiling). However, the substructure must then be designed vibration-free, the beams must not be more than 80 cm apart. Do not nail board boards. Floorboards on which you want to stick tiles - whether directly or via decoupling mats - must always be firmly screwed on.

The wooden floor must have a good ventilation. This also results in the insulation used for the corners and edges. If the wooden floor is completely sealed, so that no more ventilation would be possible, you must not stick the tiles on the wooden floor.

The wood on which you want to stick the tiles must be absolutely dry. If moisture gets mixed in here, the wooden floor starts to rot slowly and rots. Not only that your tile floor then no long life is brought. Also rotten mold spores and the like can be released during rotting.

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