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1 Feb 2023

Can You Screed Over Ceramic Tiles?

Can You Screed Over Ceramic Tiles?

Screeding is a process of smoothing and levelling a floor surface in preparation for laying a new floor covering. It’s a common practice when installing new flooring in a home or business, and it’s essential for ensuring that the new flooring is level and free of any bumps or imperfections. But what about screeding over ceramic tiles? Can it be done, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach?

The short answer is yes, you can screed over ceramic tiles. However, there are a few factors to consider before embarking on this type of project.

The first thing to consider is the condition of the ceramic tiles. If the tiles are in good condition, with no cracks or chips, then screeding over them should be possible. However, if the tiles are damaged, it’s best to remove them before screeding. This will ensure that the new screed is level and free of any bumps or dips caused by the tiles.

Another factor to consider is the height of the tiles. If the tiles are too high, screeding over them could result in a floor that is too high, making it difficult to enter and exit the room. In this case, it’s best to remove the tiles and start again.

One of the advantages of screeding over ceramic tiles is that it saves time and money compared to removing the tiles and starting from scratch. This can be a cost-effective solution for those looking to update their flooring without having to remove the existing tiles.

Another advantage of screeding over ceramic tiles is that it provides a stable base for the new flooring. Ceramic tiles are known for their durability and strength, so screeding over them will provide a strong base for the new flooring.

It is important to note that when screeding over ceramic tiles, it is essential to make sure that the screed is suitable by the manufacturer’s guidelines. Different screeds have different guidelines, and it is essential to follow these to ensure that the screed is appropriate for use over ceramic tiles. Failing to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines could result in a poorly performing screed, which could impact the longevity and performance of the new flooring.

In conclusion, screeding over ceramic tiles can be a viable option, but it’s important to consider the condition of the tiles, their height, and the type of flooring that will be laid on top. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when selecting the screed, and consult with a professional flooring contractor to determine the best approach for your particular situation.”

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