we'd like to lay porcelain tiles over particle board (Structaflor), and we know that we need to install tile underlay first.
We can only find "ceramic tile underlay" (6mm), e.g. that one at Bunnings.
Is this the underlay to use for porcelain tiles too, or is there a different tile underlay, specifically for porcelain tiles?
Hi Nelly (@barossavineyard)
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You are right, you do need underlay and the tile underlay is great.
Make sure of a couple of things.
1-Always use screws, not nails or clouts..
2-Use liquid nails under the sheets for a better grip. A few good dobs is fine.
And 3- Don't but your underlay up to any other surface. Leave a good amount of expansion of approximately 5-7mm.
Also if you are using rectified tiles, the porcelain tile levelling systems are fantastic.
All the best with your project and feel free to shoot through any more questions along the way.
Kind regards Rob 👍😁
Thanks for replying Rob, the information is most useful!
Just to clarify: this "ceramic tile underlay" is ok to use for porcelain tiles?
Nelly thanks for the question. I have been using tile underlay for many years successfully and also with porcelain tiles.
If you require a specific answer to a particular brand, in this case James Hardie Tile Underlay then I would suggest contacting the manufacturer directly or through the distributor you are looking at purchasing your underlay through.
If you still are having any issues speak to your local Bunnings supplier.
But yes we have used tile underlay successfully for a long time without issue.
Thank you Nelly
Kind regards Rob 👍😁