Hi, another bathroom vanity question. We're having a new tile floor put in
our new bathroom. Should the vanity go on top of the tile, or should it go
in before the tile so the tile only goes to the edge and not underneath?
Normally the tile goes around the vanity, but.....if you've already
tiled I would put the vanity on top of the tile and then finish around
the vanity with tile molding or wood molding. Most vanitys are fastened
to the wall and the plumbing also goes to the wall. If you decide to
put the vanity on the tile I personally would put a bead of silicone at
the bottom of the vanity before you put it on the tile.
I suspect that "normally the tile goes around...." is due to the vanity
being either solidly fastened or for some other reason that would make
it difficult to remove. New vanity, new tile. Tile first.
Mechanically, tile under a vanity is much better as well as much easier
Your answers to this one will be about 50/50. Everyone thinks their way is
the only way.
I always put the tile down first. Properly grouted and caulked that gives a
very water resistant barrier to the sub-floor which is a real problem to
replace later. It also eases my misery when I have to replace the vanity in
7 years or so since I have a finished floor under the old one.
I think it could depend on which one you think is most likely to be replaced
first. A temporary vanity would definitely go on top and a temporary floor
would likely not go under the vanity. I like tile under the vanity with a
well-caulked joint to prevent water from running under.
Usually, the vanity goes in and the floor is tiled up to it.
Principal reason is money. If your vanity is five feet by two feet,
that's ten square feet of tile plus setting. from 60 to 100 bucks.
Doesn't mean much in the context of one bathroom ... but if you're
building a couple of hundred homes a year with three baths each ...
No reason you can't put the vanity on top.
Think Resale!!! Will people interested in your home like your vanity?
What if they want to add a smaller or larger vanity? If you have the
option to tile under the vanity, do so. It is easier tiling and it
will look nicer in the end. You may not have to add molding around the
vanity base if your vanity sits on top of the tile - just silicone
should do the trick.
Tile the floor and put the vanity on top, it's a cleaner installation. If
you've something underneath, another room for example, think water leaking
down. Then as previously mentioned, if you ever want to change the vanity
think of the complications if you only tiled around it--could even mushroom
into a new floor.
The vanity goes in first normally. As floors are not generally
level, the vanity can be leveled with shims, then the tile will
butt up to the vanity and hide the gaps.
Unlike kitchen cabinets which cover large areas, bathroom
vanities are generally small, so setting the vanity over the
tile isn't necessarily bad either, assuming it can be set flat
on the tile.
In my experience as a long time tiler, it's more likely that the tile
will be replaced before the vanity, and it's a pain in the neck to
remove tiles that are set under a vanity.
Also, if someone replaces a vanity in 10 years, most likely the
tile won't be left behind anyway, as it too will be outdated.
The answer to the question is..... either way will work.
My son's toilet broke, and the new one didn't match the footprint of the
original, so we ended up having to retile the whole bathroom. Since
then, I always have the tile go under the toilet, and I would treat the
vanity the same way.
Tile under the toilet is a no-brainer. Anyone who tiles
around a toilet is an idiot. The need to pull a toilet to
fix a bad seal or do a cleanout is aways a present
Maybe people up north change out vanities often,
leaving the old tile, but in my experience I've seen
very few vanities changed out in less than 15 or
20 years of their use.
Rueful chuckle. Yeah, there are a lot of slob tenants. But there are also a
lot of slumlords who only put in cheap pressboard crap, which only makes 3-4
years with even a careful tenant. But if I was rehabbing a house for rental
use, I would definitely do the bathroom with wall-to-wall floors, and any
other tricks I could think of the make future refresh cycles easier.
True I haven't worked on much lower end rental stuff,
just expensive seasonal rentals out on the water as
far as rentals go. People paying 2K a week don't
usually trash the vanities :)
Even a cheap vanity could last 20 years in a private home.
I can agree that in the case of a rental where the
vanities may be misused, tiling all the way under
might be a good idea.
replying to mrsgator88, Maria wrote:
You lose height on the cabinet if you install it first and tile up to it. It's a
pain to salvage the old one in decent condition to donate if you tile up to it.
Either way, you need base shoe at the toe kick of the vanity.
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