Thursday, 11 February 2016

Prepare Your Bathroom for a New Flooring Installation

Installing a new bathroom, and floor, is a feat that requires adequate preparation if you’re going to be successful. Taking extra time to ensure you have everything properly planned and prepared will save you so much time, money and resources for when your bathroom is being installed. There are a few essential things you’ll need to factor into the preparation for your new bathroom flooring to maximise the chances of success.

Remove your bathroom toilet

Before you start installing your new bathroom flooring, you’ll need to make sure that your toilet is safely out of the way. Some people will attempt to install the new flooring around the toilet but this leads to problems later on for the vast majority of people. It’s a far better idea to just remove your toilet and reinstall it back on top of the new flooring when you’re done.

Remember to turn off the water before you unhook the toilet’s supply line. At this point, put something under your toilet and remove it from your bathroom. Until you’re ready to replace your toilet, remember to use something to cover the drain whilst you work.

Remove your current bathroom flooring

Before being able to proceed with installing your new bathroom, you’ll need to remove your old bathroom flooring. Pre-existing tile or vinyl on a concrete floor will need to be pulled up, and tile can be difficult at times.

Tile bathroom flooring is installed with an adhesive that sets like concrete, so you’ll need to chip it up with a hammer and chisel.

If your old bathroom floor is vinyl on a concrete subfloor, a sharp scraper blade can be used to scrape it up from the floor.

By making the floor slightly wet, you can loosen the adhesive, making your job easier. Before and after you take up your old flooring, ensure that the floor is clean.

HardieBacker boards 

HardieBacker boards are specially designed water-resistant cement backerboard to install over your timber floorboards. To ensure that your new bathroom floor installation is the best it can be, using a high quality backerboard will vastly improve the quality of your floor. HardieBacker board is so popular with professional plumbers because:

  • ·         HardieBacker boards are made from cement, meaning it can allow the proper bonding of the tile and board. Even in the wettest conditions, it doesn’t swell, rot or delaminate like plywood.
  • ·         HardieBacker comes in measurements specially designed to minimise the transitions between floors.
  • ·         Natural stone, ceramic and vinyl tiles can all be used with HardieBacker easily.
  • ·        HardieBacker is incredibly lightweight. It can be cut incredibly easily with just a single score and snap.
  • ·         Under floor heating can be used in conjunction with HardieBacker boards.

Design your floor layout

Ideally you should’ve spent some time designing the layout for your new bathroom floor, especially if you’re using tiles. A diagram of how you plan to arrange your new bathroom floor will help you when you’re laying down the new floor. Another way to prepare your new bathroom is to lay down your new tiles without actually attaching them. This will give you the best chance to see how your new bathroom floor will look before it’s completed.

For more information about high quality bathroom installation and how we can help you to improve your home, contact us now, or call 0800 999 6056.

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