How do you put tile over a wood floor?
we live in a frame home built in the 40′s. the floors in the kitchen have about 3 layers of linoleum glued on to them. we pulled up part of the linoleum and found that they had glued linoleum to the original wood floors. we tried to refinish the part that we removed the linoleum from. the wood is ruined as far as refinishing goes. what is the process for laying ceramic tile on the wood floors?
One of the most important things you need to do first is to drive 3" deck screws through everything right down into the floor joists. You need to make sure there is no up and down movement of the subfloor because if there is the grout will fall out and eventually the tiles will crack. After that, set cement board down into a layer of mortar, and screw it all down using recommended screws as per manufacturers spec for the cement board. This will give you a decent underlayment for the tile. Do not even think about using 1/4" plywood as an underlayment as this is a total waste of time and effort. When you screw down the cement board, the recommended method is to place screws 4" apart along all the edges and 8" apart in a grid pattern across the field. When i do mine I exceed that by using a 6" grid pattern. This is somthing you need to pay strict attention to because if you don’t you will end up with a disaster. I’ve seen tile floors that looked like someone took a hammer and smashed tiles all over the floor, and thats because the subfloor was too thin and moved up and down. You need at least 1" total thickness of your subfloor; 1 1/4" is better.