Posted: Mar 21, 2016 10:16 pm
by Onyx8
ScholasticSpastic wrote:1930s tile IS an improvement. I don't understand why they had to make everything so cheap in the 60s-70s. Oh, and just about any other flooring is an improvement over carpet.

My wife informs me that when my knees and back have recovered I will be replacing all of our existing carpets with hardwood and/or parquet floors. And tiling the kitchen and any remaining areas that currently have linoleum in them. So I'm going to have to save up for appropriate backer board for the kitchen- which can cost about as much as the tile itself. That's why I was so glad to see that it's okay to make an exception if there's concrete underneath. I expect it would be wise to do some structural improvement before tiling our kitchen, because that part of the house has settled a lot and we've had termites. So I'm not confident that something like tiles would be a long-term investment without firming up the subfloor quite a bit.

Yeah, do your homework on the structure. That website I recommended has a handy little tool for finding out whether the floor is strong enough (both the joists and the plywood) for supporting tile, both ceramic and stone. You'll almost certainly want more plywood and then some kind of backer board or membrane, assuming the joists can handle it.

I've had work replacing failed DIY tile jobs for customers due to insufficient rigidity under the tile, usually with a very grumpy man and a very pissed off wife.

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