Tiling Wooden Floor – Can I? Should I?


Can I Tile Onto A Wooden Floor?


Short Answer

Yes. You can tile onto wooden floor, preparation of the floor before tiling is the key.

Still Interested? Keep Reading!

As you know, tiled walls and floors can transform your living areas like your kitchen and dining room into something visually stunning. They create the perfect areas for you to relax in and help make your home one to be proud of.

However, what if you’ve got some old wooden flooring like traditional floorboards or green chipboard slabs? What if you want to lay some tiles? What do you do then?

Well, while some myths exist about laying floor tiles onto wood, the good news is you can do it if you’re prepared. That’s why, here are Tile & Stone Gallery, we have prepared this blog to help guide you through it. In the end, you’ll be able to have a floor like the one below which is actually a wood effect porcelain tile.


Preparation is Key

If you hadn’t realised by now, the problem with chipboards and floorboards is that they are not designed to be tiled on. They can move and flex when walked on, which causes cracking and eventually detaches the tile. Not to mention, they can react badly to moisture causing the subfloor to expand and flake apart. As you would imagine, excessive flexing causes the adhesive to come free, causing the tiles to crack. You don’t want to lay your tiles, only having to rip them all up because the base isn’t correctly prepared?

Naturally, there are some costs with preventing this but it will save you money and extra work in the future. You want your tiled floor to last and look good for many years as it should.

That’s why, there’s nothing more important in laying tiles onto wooden floor than preparation. So, let’s make sure you do it correctly the first time which will avoid any hassle further down the line!

What’s Going to be Required?

It depends on the project – it may be simple or something which requires more work which is why we suggest discussing your project with one of our local Tile & Stone Gallery showrooms. We can help you put together the most cost-effective solution based on the specifics of your project to ensure a lasting installation. Thanks to our vast experience and specialist knowledge developed from 50 years within the industry, Tile & Stone Gallery will be able to either:

a) provide you with the right product or
b) introduce a skilled and experienced tiler who can carry out the work to a high standard

In the end, we’ll ensure that your tiles stand the test of time (like the ones below) and work hard to ensure you get the service and quality of product you deserve.


If you’re still unsure or have questions, just ask us! Visit one of our showrooms and talk to our staff who will be happy to help, give you advice, and point you in the right direction of what products you need!


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