Two methods to level tiles

To level tiles and achieve perfectly level and level flooring, there are two approaches. Most people understand leveling to mean the leveling of the ground to create a flat and out-of-area surface. Leveling systems are the alternative.

Surface leveling with leveling compound

The requirement for laying straight and level tiles after laying is a level surface. If the floor structure consists of screed as in a new building, a sufficient leveling is usually already given. For masonry or old buildings, a balance of the floor is usually inevitable.

The principle of planar leveling is simple. After application of a primer or a primer, a viscous balancing mass is distributed on the ground. Insulating strips or silicone create expansion joints on the wall edges. The dried leveling compound must be bled according to the manufacturer's instructions. For large bumps several operations may be required.

The following aids are required for leveling the substrate with liquid leveling compound:

  • Primer / bonding
  • Leveling compound
  • water
  • Scraper bar or rubber scrubber
  • Insulating strip or silicone
  • Air vent or shoes
  • spirit level

When the substrate is leveled, the tile adhesive must be used precisely and carefully for the precise horizontal positioning of the floor tiles. Uneven application, in particular of food or mortar, can cause renewed unevenness.

Application and function of leveling systems

Leveling systems help to avoid uneven jobs and dehydration of tile adhesives. For home improvement in particular, this approach offers the opportunity to produce a perfectly leveled tile floor despite little knowledge and experience.

The leveling aids consist of rectangular joint inserts which are fixed with different techniques. Standard are leveling systems with wedge inserts or screw-on attachment cylinders. In both variants, the base plates, usually referred to as pull tabs, used when laying the floor tiles in the joints so that their "feet" project T-shaped under both tile edges.

The inserted pull tabs are used after placing the adjacent floor tiles by the careful driving of transverse wedges or screwing on hoods as a mounting foot. Due to the degree of strength of driving or screwing in the headboards level the two tiles to each other and can be precisely aligned with a spirit level.

Tips & Tricks

Before leveling, make sure to increase the floor height. You may need to cut doors or deepen the ground.

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