Tiling Question

How long do i have to wait before tiling over fresh concrete?

9 Answers

Best Answer

In warm and well ventilated drying conditions allow 1 day per millimetre up to 40mm in thickness, so 40 days if 40mm. Thicker substrates require 2 days per mm.

Use reputable flexible adhesive for tiling on screeds and concrete and as per the manufacturers specifications, DO NOT USE PVA but a latex based primer if the concrete surface is shedding dusty, fine particles after drying.

Answered 19th Aug 2011

GID Tiling & Repairs

Member since 20 Sep 2010

PVA PVA stop letting builders tell the public to pva anything!!!!! its not compatible, Acrylic primers yes , apd, primer etc!!!

Answered 4th Sep 2011

Phil The Tiler

Member since 14 Jun 2011

Hi Emlyn,i would recommend you leave it at least 28 days,as you need to allow all the moisture to escape.Otherwise when you tile it will trap the moisture in,resulting with your tiles lifting.
Thanks Steve.

Answered 16th Aug 2011


Member since 1 Oct 2009

48 hours should be ok

Answered 16th Aug 2011

A. V. Carpentry

Member since 21 Feb 2011

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Usually 48 hours depending on how deep it goes. Dont forget to seal the floor with PVA before applying any tile adhesive and use a good quality adhesive for your tiles.


Answered 16th Aug 2011

Akiva Projects Limted

Member since 30 Sep 2010

Concrete takes aong Time to dry fully out depending on the thickness usually you should be able to tile after a few weeks.

Answered 16th Aug 2011

DJW Flooring

Member since 1 Feb 2011

I would leave it minimum 6 weeks.

Answered 16th Aug 2011


Member since 29 Oct 2008

minium 4 weeks depending on thickness

Answered 16th Aug 2011

pjh tiling

Member since 5 Jun 2011

Never ever use PVA....when Tiling

Answered 11th Jan 2018


Member since 23 Mar 2015

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