Hi there! Today I am going to show you how to lay a cement underlayment to give you a good base for your tile. Our home is on piers so we have a wood subfloor. If you have a cement subfloor, but it is chipped or unlevel, you can still do this method. We laid this cement underlayment because it is self leveling, and we wanted our tile to have a good base to adhere to. We did this in the kitchen and in the bathroom before we tiled with great results!
You can get everything you need from your local Home Depot:
- Henry 345 Patch n’Level
- Henry 554 Underlayment Primer
- Hardware Cloth – 1/4 inch
- Mixing Paddle 16 in – Definitely get this one! The cheap one we got for the kitchen broke. We got this one for the bathroom and it worked amazingly!
- Henry 555 LevelPro Underlayment
- Power drill
- Staple gun
- 5 quart measuring bucket
- 5 gallon bucket
We started by vacuuming the floor and making sure it was free of any debris. If you have glue from previous vinyl tile or something in the way of your subfloor, you will want to sand it down and scrape off what you can. We then filled in any large cracks with Henry’s 345 Patch & Level to make sure the cement would not keep flowing into a hole. Next we primed the subfloor with Henry 554 LevelPro Underlayment Primer. This made sure the surface was ready for the cement to adhere to it. This substance leaves a sheer pink tint.
Next we laid down the hardware cloth to really make sure the cement would be sturdy.
Then we mixed the Henry 555 LevelPro Underlayment. You will want to do this outside because it creates A LOT of dust! I lived with cement dust for weeks after the kitchen project. We pored it being careful to make sure it spread evenly to every corner and nook. We used a trowel to help spread it.
In the picture above, you can see there were a couple of cracks we should have filled in but didn’t. Since we are laying stone tile with mortar, we were not as worried about it as we were in the kitchen. For the kitchen we used a luxury vinyl sticky tile, so we had to make sure the underlayment was absolutely perfect as to not potentially crack the vinyl.
The dry time depends on what tile you are using. Be sure to refer to the instruction on the Henry Underlayment for mixing instructions and dry times. This project was way easier than I imagined. The thought of laying cement in your home can be scary, but it really is not bad. This bathroom was much smaller than the kitchen so it was way easier! Like I mentioned before, we used the peel and stick luxury vinyl tiles in the kitchen. To make sure they would stick to the cement, we painted the cement with primer first. Just make sure the primer paint you choose is good for cement.
I will be posting the photos of the tile job in the bathroom on Wednesday! Be sure to subscribe and come back then to see that post! I am extremely proud of myself for that tile job. It came out AMAZING! You won’t want to miss it!