How to Apply Tile Over Wood Paneling in Your Home How to Apply Tile Over Wood Paneling in Your Home
If you are planning to put tile over the wood paneling that is already in place in your home, there are a few things that you need to do to make sure that you go about it the right way. Here are a few tips to help you through the process.
Tip 1 - Check the Backing
The most important thing that you will need to do when tiling over wood paneling is to make sure that the panels are strong enough to hold the wood. There will often be drywall behind or secured to the wood paneling, so you will not have to worry about that. If there is no drywall, then you will need to apply some sort of tough wall to make sure that it is stable enough to hold the tile.
Tip 2 - Use the Lightest Tile Possible
Even after you check to make sure the paneling can hold the tile, you must to use the lightest tile possible that will still adhere to your design ideas. Of course, you want the room and wall to look great, but weighing down the wall can cause problems in the long run. You can find a design that looks great and still allows the wall to stand strong.
Tip 3 - Treat the Wood
Before doing any tile work, you may want to consider where the wood paneling is. If it is exposed to extreme weather changes or moisture, you should treat it first to protect it. Even though it will be covered with the tile, you want to avoid any chances of the wood changing size or moving because of the weather or elements. You can do so with a finish and probably just one coat of it. Allow it to dry completely before beginning any work with tile.
Tip 4 - Use a Waterproof Membrane
While you can treat the wood, you may also want to have an actual waterproofing membrane or some layer installed between the wood and the tile. It may help to avoid any problems with the wood swelling or warping while also providing a better surface to attach the tile.
Tip 5 - Use Modified Thin Set Mortar
While you may be inclined to use a regular tile adhesive when you are doing the tile work, you want to avoid doing so. Make sure that you are using a modified thin set mortar, or at the very least, something that is going to stick well to both the wood surface and the tile while holding securely.
While many times it is said that you should not try tiling over wood paneling, there are many ways to get avoid typical problems either by using membranes or altering the tile size or weight. With the use of these tips, you can make it possible to tile over your wood paneling in your home.