Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles – Part 2

In the previous article within this floor tiling project series, we say the initial preparation for the laundry room floor. Today we continue the floor preparation tasks.

At this point in the floor preparation process, the 1/4 inch plywood is placed loose on the laundry room floor for two purposes.

First , the area of the floor vent is marked off to identify where to cut the its opening. Remember, measure twice and cut once. Notice the two pairs of markings for the vent opening on the edge of the plywood in the picture below.

 Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles   Part 2

Next, a level is used to see if the height of the front hall’s exposed plywood flooring and that once the 1/4 inch plywood is on top of the laundry room flooring is, well, level.

Yes, it is. Below is a picture showing Brian using a small level on top of the front foyer’s existing plywood sub floor and the loose (at the moment) plywood on top of the existing laundry room’s floor.

 Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles   Part 2

Now, I should point out that one of the first things Brian, the lead installation contractor, did once he came to the house was to determine if the plywood in the front hall was 1/4 or 1/2 inch. If it had been 1/4 inch, then he would have added a second 1/4 inch plywood on top. He only installs floor tile on at least a 1/2 inch base.

In our front hall’s case, it the plywood was 1/2 inch. Therefore there would be no need to raise the height of the front hall’s sub floor.

Next, a 1/4 inch plywood piece is cut and placed into the part of the flooring in the laundry room’s closet which is not covered by linoleum. This is done, again, to ensure a smooth and level base.

 Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles   Part 2

This would be covered by a second piece of the same plywood which would cover the entire closet floor as shown below:

 Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles   Part 2

Then, more 1/4 inch plywood is cut to complete the coverage of the linoleum flooring in the laundry room.

 Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles   Part 2

Now, I had thought that the squeaks in the laundry room floor would be addressed first. So I was concerned when I saw that they had first measured, cut and lay down the 1/4 inch plywood on the floor. However, yes, when they were ready to secure the plywood to the floor, they did first raise the plywood and placed screws directly through the linoleum floor.

 Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles   Part 2

Once done, then the cut plywood was put back place directly on top of the old linoleum.

 Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles   Part 2

It would later be secured with large staples because this particular plywood was called a 1/4 inch thick but it was actually a little less.

Notice the excellent practice of placing, temporarily, the original floor vent cover back into the floor’s vent opening. This is to ensure that the opening cut in the plywood is sufficiently large for the original vent register.

Here are some final pictures of the entire laundry room linoleum floor covered with plywood ready for the tile supporting metal mesh.

 Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles   Part 2

The above picture was taken from the one end of the laundry room out towards the front hall. The picture below is of the area where the clothes washer and dryer will be returned once the tile project is complete.

 Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles   Part 2

Continue to the next article in this floor tiling home renovation series we review the preparation of the front foyer’s existing plywood sub floor.

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