Laying Tiles on Wood - Practical Tips and Guidance

There are many reasons to lay tiles in places , where previously none were available. In this case, the previous subsoil, if not rebuilt, already exists. This can now include wood. Wood has very special properties, which makes the laying of tiles a special challenge. However, the laying is quite possible. Especially when laying floor tiles, it should be noted that they are exposed to other vibrations and vibrations than tiles on walls. For this reason, special attention should be paid to preparing and working.

How to lay tiles on different wooden surfaces is explained below.

Measuring the surface

Before any materials are processed, a careful measurement is recommended , If you want to lay the tiles on the floor, you can even distribute the tiles on the floor after measuring to check how many are actually needed. In addition, you can test border areas or unusually shaped corner areas beforehand.

It may be helpful to lay the tiles as a test and to mark the location afterwards.

Preparation of the Underground

To minimize the vibrations in the floor , Loose elements of the wooden substrate should first be fixed. For this purpose, the boards should be screwed and never nailed. Loose elements can lead to vibrations and later to cracks in the tiles. In addition, it is advised to replace broken planks. After performing these steps, the floor should be thoroughly cleaned. Then the ground should be made uniform. For this purpose, the joints must be filled in the first place. This can be done with an acrylic sealant. This must be applied smoothly and finally in. In addition, now also the wood panels themselves must be covered. You can either use a simple leveling compound or a special emulsion for wooden boards.

Adhesive base can help to ensure even better hold of the materials.

Laying the insulation material

The insulating material is not a must, but it is advised to obstruct it. If the insulation is not used, the wooden substrate should nevertheless be sanded first and then provided with an adhesive material. The safer variant, however, is the implementation with insulation dar. Although it is initially somewhat cost and labor intensive, but when used properly for long-term stability, without annoying cracks or even fractures of the tiles. When selecting the insulating material, it should be noted that especially the cheaper products are often larger and can thus be several centimeters high. There are also products that place greater emphasis on compactness without losing insulating properties. But these products are often a little more expensive. The selection should be made according to your own requirements and according to the dimensions of the room. In addition, when choosing the insulating material, make sure that it harmonises with the other materials used.

As an insulating material, you can use rock wool screed insulation panels or decoupling mats.

Laying tiles

Regardless of whether The tiles should be applied directly to the wood or to the insulation material should a special, flexible tile adhesive be used. This tile adhesive again helps to keep the tiles longer and more protected against the vibrations. Laying the tiles can then be done after the previously made dimensions. For this, the tile adhesive should be evenly distributed and spread. Do not spread too much of the glue at the same time to prevent it from drying too quickly. Afterwards the tiles can be inserted carefully. It is important to be as symmetrical and consistent as possible, unless otherwise desired. Even gap distances should be considered. The size and color of the tiles are of course freely selectable and to choose according to your own wishes.

The material should not completely seal at the edge, so that the ventilation is given. This allows the adhesive to dry better.

Grouting and sealing the tiles

Once the tiles have been successfully laid, they can be further protected. First, the joints should be filled. With the appropriate mass, in addition to a uniform application, care should also be taken to ensure that it has been distributed as flexibly as possible. This is again due to the vibrations of the soil. In addition, a simple cleaning can be ensured by sealing.

Conclusion and recommendations

The possibility of laying tiles on wood is definitely associated with a few noteworthy factors. However, great care and care is required, so it does not cause annoying breaks in the tiles. Overall, attention should be paid to the needs of the room. If the materials are to be installed in a bathroom or other damp room, care must be taken that the materials are also suitable for this purpose. In addition, it is helpful to check in advance whether the materials used harmonize with one another and can be adequately bonded. The materials, as well as the decision whether an insulation should be used or not, are of course dependent on the budget. However, it is advised to invest a bit more than to have to replace individual tiles due to cracks or cracks.


Laying tiles on wood is possible if the appropriate materials are used. These should have the best possible insulation properties and not completely harden when dried out, but remain flexible. Generally, the laying of the tiles is done as usual. The preparatory work is only adapted to the materials used.

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