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Installing Hybrid on Top of Tiles

Creating a fresh look in your home is easy to achieve with the right type of flooring. This alone can have such an impact that you may not need to go to the expense of knocking down walls or changing your decor. You can change the total look of a room with the right type of flooring. A new floor can be a wonderful place to start when you want to do something about your home but not sure where to begin.

With so many options, where does one start?

You can begin by trying out assorted styles and colors. You may need to do a little research on what is available in the market and how much it costs. This can be carried out online as well as by visiting your local flooring stores. This will give you a comparison on several types and costs.

You can also look at other people’s homes, especially if you are planning to renovate or if you are planning to move into a new home. You will easily get an idea about what type of flooring works for different types of homes and how you can make the most out of it within your budget. At Viaduct Imports, we recommend SPC Hybrid Vinyl Plank Flooring. In this article we share some tips when laying Hybrid Flooring on top of tiles.

When Laying Hybrid Flooring on Top of Tiles, Does the Surface Need to be Flat?

When laying any type of Hybrid Flooring it is advised that the surface is even. This ensures a successful, long lasting installation. The deviation in Australia is no more than 3mm across 1m of space. It is best practice to check with a straight edge to see whether the tolerance is within Australian guidelines. If the tolerance is not within the guidelines, it is advised that you level the floor before installing your Hybrid Flooring.

Tip: It is always best to follow the manufactures guidelines primarily, so that your warranty is not voided, should you need to make a claim.

What Do You Mean by Tolerance on my Floor?

There is an intolerance in your floor when there are humps and bumps, however gentle, in the subfloor. Where there is a major decline in the drop from one tile to another, this must be rectified before installing on top of. If left as is, the joins of the Hybrid Flooring will eventually fracture, resulting in cracked floorboards, especially if the area is a high traffic area.

Grout joins are generally fine as they are. These joins only become an issue if the hollow in the joins is so wide and deep that the flooring bends into the groove.

Leveling compound is used to ensure the subfloor is even. We recommend using a professional installer to level your subfloor if this is required.

The bottom line is: Always put down a straight edge to be sure. Don’t trust the naked eye. Follow the manufacturers guidelines. Don’t take shortcuts and get a professional on the job if your floor is uneven.

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