Yes, but, as with any residential flooring installation, you’ll need to discuss your tile installation in great detail with your flooring expert. It can be done, but moisture issues or other challenges will require additional attention and unique mats or membranes.
Is installing over concrete the same as installing over cement?
No, and this is where the confusion comes in. The words concrete and cement are used interchangeably, but cement is an ingredient in concrete. Other substances might also include sand, gravel, and crushed stone. Concrete slabs are typically seen in homes that don’t have basement or crawl spaces.
What happens if the concrete has moisture?
First, you need to understand how flooring works with the subfloor. The flooring needs a solid foundation, but it sometimes moves to adjust to the humidity. Like vinyl, some floorings will be able to compensate because they’ll move with the subfloor. Tile doesn’t have that ability to bend, flex, or shift. The grout also doesn’t shift, so it needs a very firm foundation.
It may sound as though concrete would provide that kind of base needed, but there can be little cracks or gushing water that can affect tile floors. The installer will take special precautions by using unique mats or membranes and repairing cracks when needed.
Any residential flooring installation, especially tile, is best left to a professional. Installation is laborious, requires special tools such as saw cutters, and needs knowledgeable technicians. We can discuss this with you further in the Young Interiors showroom in Longs, SC. We service Low Country, especially North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Conway, Little River, and surrounding areas. We are happy to give you a free quote on tile flooring and installation service.