There is a lot more to a ceramic tile install than you could
possibly learn on a text usenet group.
Go to a tile store, not home despot. Tell them you don't know
how, but would like to try. Most outfits will help you or sell
you a good book, or tell you what book to get at the library.
If you are good with a search engine work on "thinset",
"Schluter", "Mapei". This should give you plenty of interesting
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
Thinset is correct but I add a shear membrane as well because concrete
floors have a nasty habit of developing cracks over time that may
telescope in to the tile without the membrane.
If you can stand the thickness look at Ditra. It comes highly recommended.
recently my kitchen floor tiles have started to buckle and crack. Upon
removing some of the broken ones I found the concrete subfloor beneath
has cracked and thus have ruined the tile too. (There was no
membrane.) I am on the 8th floor of a highrise condo, about 15 years
old. Is it any cause for concern about the cracks?
I am planning to replace the whole floor with vinyl tiles instead
since I'm afraid ceramic tiles may crack again. I guess I need to put
down backer board first?
Hmmm... Go to Home Depot and buy the book titled "Tiling 1-2-3" (or
something like that). It's got loads of information and straightforward
explanations with lots of pictures. They also have a "Flooring 1-2-3"
book, but it does not go into as much depth as the tiling book.
After you read about your projects in that book and are more sure of what
you want to do and how, then go to several tile stores to shop around and
to find out all the different tiles that are available.
By following the directions in the 1-2-3 book and using some of the sample
designs, I have a great looking floor.
I ditto the recommendation on this book. To all due respect to our
experts in here, but tile setting isn't brain surgery. You just need
to know the order of materials to be used.
I also recommend going to a real tile shop when you're ready to buy.
You'll be blown away with all the choices. To me, that turned out to
be the most difficult part of tiling my kitchen counter: Deciding on
the tiles and the pattern. It truly is limitless.
I will add this: think hard about the type of tiles you want to use.
If they are textured and have holes, it can be VERY difficult to get
the grout out. I had to use a stiff brush to do that and still didn't
get everything out. If the grout color matches the tile, obviously
this doesn't hurt as much.
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