I need some last minute advice. The tilers are due tomorrow in my new
upstairs bathroom. Their plan is to put tile up to what will be the edge of
the vanity, rather than tile under it. He says that if he tiles under it,
water could follow the grout lines and get under the vanity causing mildew.
I wonder if one way is better than the other. What if we want to replace the
vanity in the future. Could we caulk the edge of the vanity to prevent water
getting under? Or would that look cheesy.
If your going to use 1/4 round why not tile all the way under the vanity in
case you want to replace it in the future, and then put some caulking on the
underside of the 1/4 round to keep the water out? Not sure how crazy your
showers are but I haven't ever had any problems with water under the vanity.
Tile the floor first and then install the vanity, it makes for a better
installation. Just think for a minute--what if you decide to replace the
vanity--do you want to have to retile the floor? Also, even if you only tile
to the vanity what makes you think that water won't find its way under it?
W/O tiling under it, the water will simply what, flow onto the subfloor,
causing what? Sounds like a ripoff jackleg tiler to me looking to save a couple
sq.ft. while charging you for an entire tile floor.
Exactly. Or change to a pedastal style sink?
Not if you use a color close to the vanity base. Also - look at the base of the
vanity when it is upside down and see if it's particle board, flakeboard or
plywood. If it is, better brush a sealer on there as it will suck up standing
water eventually, and cause the laminate to become bubbly and detached.
Otherwise, they make these plastic thuinbtack type "feet" that you can press in
there to keep the wood material slightly off the floor.
I would tile the entire floor. Then, if you ever need to replace the
vanity, you won't need to worry about the floor.
I would run a bead of caulk around the outside at the bottom. You can
use masking tape to keep it out of the grout, but be very careful. The
vanity, especially if composition, is easily ruined if the bottom should
get wet, such as from a toilet overflow or frisky bathers :o)
We caulked all around our living/dining rooms when we had the floor
tiled. It helped a great deal when a washer hose broke and flooded the
kitchen and part of dining room. The water probably would have caused
the baseboards to soak up water and peel if not for the caulk.
I like to lay plastic in base cabinets, run a little up the sides, to
protect the cabinet from the nasty cleaning stuff I keep there and to
contain water when the shut-offs leak, as they always seem to do eventually.
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