Q: What are flooring alternatives for an uneven floor?
I've been told that the floor in my kitchen is not sitting on an even plane so I can't use tiles like I wanted to. Are there any alternatives, other than vinyl, that I can use?
Good morning Ali!
If you want to put tile in your kitchen and the floor is uneven there are a couple of options. If the floor is uneven all over then I would suggest that you tear out the existing floor (you can do this yourself)If the subflooring needs to be replaced or repaired this is a good time to do it. At this point you can look at the floor and make some decisions. If the floor is back to level then you can set the floor over a backer board like Durock or my favorite Denshield. If you still have a leveling issue or alot of deflection, then I would suggest a mudbed. This will level your floor and provide a good concrete base for your tiles. It will also put your installers ability to the test as outside of showers it's getting to be a dead art. If your installer is unable to do this you could also pour the floor as an alternative, just make sure all holes, gaps, etc. are well plugged first or it could get VERY messy.
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Sometimes, the unevenness of a floor can be fixed. This depends on how drastic it is, but many times depressions can be filled in and "humps" or high spots can be ground or sanded down. A flooring expert should be able to advise you of your options.
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