BEDDING & LEVELLING
Things you need to remember before tiling -
It's all in the bedding & levelling
Before tiling an area, a tradesman needs to assess whether a floor is level or requires bedding.
To achieve a flat finish ready for tiling, in most cases the concrete slab is satisfactory.
Occasionally a slab may be poured out of level and will require more preparation work by the tiler. To ensure that the predetermined tile floor has an outcome that is flat and without ‘lippy’ tiles, levelling must occur.
- Levelling Compound Process: When a floor needs to be raised or flattened by slight degrees, a levelling compound product is used. This comes as a powder in a bag form which is mixed with water to create a thin mixture that is then poured and spread over the existing concrete to fill any low spots on a concrete slab. This compound is also used to raise the height of a surface area up to approximately 15mm in elevation.
- Bedding Process: When water drainage is required to a tiled area, bedding before tiling is needed. Whether it be a shower or bathroom floor, or even a balcony or pool area, bedding can be required first. The process of using bedding is most commonly used for bathroom shower floors to create ‘fall’ to a floor waste. This simply means that the water actually falls down the drain and doesn’t sit and pool once a person has finished showering. Again, and experienced tradesman will guarantee bedding before tiling.