reinforcement fabric for tiles

Today, tiles are laid on almost any surface. Depending on the properties of the subsurface, however, preparations must then be made. One possibility is to insert reinforcement mesh into the tile adhesive when tiling. You can read here how to proceed and what else to watch out for with reinforcement mesh and tiles.

Today, tiles can be laid on almost any surface

Laying tiles has long been a widespread task among do-it-yourselfers. A lot has happened in the last few decades, especially when it comes to tiling:

  • Also read - reinforcement mesh on corners
  • Also read - reinforcement mesh for leveling compound
  • Also read - reinforcement tissue on the floor
  • Put tiles in the cement thick bed
  • Development of tile adhesives
  • Product expansion of flex stickers with plastic granules
  • Multilimized tools such as glass fiber arms as mats or fibers

Reinforcement tissue in tile insert

Alone with this development, there is almost no substrate more, on which tiles can not be laid. Above all, it is important to take into account the special features of this underground. A typical example of when a reinforcing fabric can or should be incorporated is when laying tiles on a wooden floor.

Even on screed or concrete, a reinforcement tissue can be useful

But also screed and concrete floors have vibrations. This means that even with such seemingly solid subsurface conditions, cracks can appear along joints or even through tiles over the years.

The use of reinforcement mesh in front of the tile is therefore definitely recommended even with a very suitable substrate. The use of reinforcement fabric is particularly recommended when the floor is subjected to high loads later, for example in a shop or in the private household of the kitchen.

Processing of reinforcement mesh when tiling

The processing of a reinforcement fabric is very easy. The tile adhesive is now no longer applied in one go, but in two steps. Apply enough tile adhesive that the substrate is well covered. Now the reinforcement fabric is laid out. Then apply more tile adhesive with the smoothing trowel (€ 6.42 at Amazon *).

Finally, the tile adhesive is carefully combed with a trowel (work in ridges). Alternatively, you can also use the buttering-floating method. The tile adhesive on the substrate is either only smoothed or carefully (i.e. not deeply) combed.

For this purpose, tile adhesive is applied to the tile side and combed crosswise to the webs on the substrate. The tile is now pressed into the adhesive bed in the typical circular movements and aligned.

Tips & Tricks Depending on the product, the use of a reinforcement fabric is recommended on almost any surface: concrete, screed, on old tiles, wood and OSB panels, in wet rooms, etc. Make sure, however, that you also take other possible precautions and special features into account. That, for example, a wooden floor is firmly screwed before laying the tiles, that other measures such as footfall sound insulation or vapor barriers are taken into account.