OK here's what we got
looking at tile or vinyl for the bathroom. current floor is vinyl on
some type of wood floor.
home depot says take the gloss off the vinyl, then mastic, then
backerboard, then mastic then tile
lowe's guy says for vinyl, put down skin coat to fill lines in the
vinyl, then put town self adhering vinyl.
lowe's guy also says for tile, put down a membrance to cover the
vinyl, then mastic, then tile. membrane is moisture barrier and fills
in lines in the vinyl
any comments? Thanks all
pull the existing tile and more than likely the underlayment. make
certain the sub floor is rock solid. add deck screws as needed.
then cover with concrete board, fill the seams, and tile.
too many layers cause door threshold troubles, isnt as solid either.
do it right, do it once then relax you wouldnt be doing it again
because you tried to cut corners......
*Go to a flooring store and a tile store and talk those people. Also bring
in a contractor and ask his opinion. If there is any flex in the current
floor, you will need to beef it up for ceramic tile. I would remove
everything down to the bare subfloor and start from there.
Renmove the vinyl.
If you want new vinyl check the subfloor condition. If it's pretty
good you can patch any small problems with leveling filler. If it's
crappy put down a layer of 1/4" luan board.
If you want tile then if all you have is a subfloor you need to put
down 1/2" backer board motared and screwed to the subfloor. If you
have a wood floor on top of a subfloor and it it pretty solid you can
use the 1/4" backer borad instead.
Here's a website with a wealth of information on tile.
They have a calculator (deflecto) that will tell you whether your
structure (joists, subfloor, etc.) can adequately support ceramic or
natural stone. If there is too much deflection on the floor you may
have to tear down to the joists and beef things up. This might help
you make the tile vs. vinyl decision.
Vinyl is easier, cheaper, requires less maintenance, but won't last as
long as ceramic. If you're going to be in the house for the long haul
I'd seriously consider tile. Either one (done right) will give you a
functional bathroom floor. The guys who moderate the website (most are
tile pros) will even walk you through your project. I got enough
information just by lurking.
There is a fairly wide range of opinions, even among professionals,
about what constitutes "best practices" in the laying of tile. I'm a
pretty handy guy, but I discovered I don't really like working with
One god thing about Vinal is that it is cheaper and if you (usually wife)
wants to change the color/type it is easy. We had some put down a couple of
years ago that looks almost like a stone tile.
Sometimes it depends on the type of house. If it is a high cost (for the
area) house, you may want to put in what is popular and live with it. If
lower end, then the vinal may be the way to go.
Mastic would be more than sufficient to fill any lines in the vinyl,
but vinyl on vinyl is hill-jack.
I can't comment on your choices of materials, except you don't need
cement board for a tile floor.
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