For years, plywood has been the most commonly used subfloor material in homes. Plywood is made from thin sheets of veneer glued together. Usually the edges of this plywood is tongue and grooved, and interlock to each other to provide a strong base for any finished flooring.
To prevent flaws from the subfloor passing through to the tile, causing it to buckle and crack, it has become normal to apply some sort of membrane. I suggest Durock tile membrane which is ideal for floors and walls in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and just about anywhere you’re tiling over a subfloor. Here’s why:
Easy to Install
DUROCK Tile Membrane is flexible, and easy to handle and install. It cuts easily with scissors and requires no mechanical fasteners. Our membrane has no “roll-back memory”. When rolled out, the membrane lies flat, unlike many competitive products that roll back into their rolled-up shape. And because it goes down so easily, you’ll be able to save money in labor costs, equipment and time.
Superior Tile Bond
The membrane and adhesive offers outstanding tile bond that ensures panel-like performance without added weight. Once applied, its unique cementitious coating provides excellent adhesion (approximately 200 psi, which far exceeds other membrane products).
Thin and Lightweight
This membrane’s thin and light – yet extremely durable: Because it comes in a lightweight roll, it’s easy to carry, install and store.
Helps Reduce Water Damage
DUROCK Tile Membrane is also waterproof and vapor-permeable, offering fast curing and the mold-and-moisture protection.
You can pick up these Tile Flooring Underlayment Kits here which includes:
75 Square foot roll of Membrane
2 (1 qt) containers of Adhesive