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Old 08-04-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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Best Underlayment for Tile

I am having my kitchen& laundry room redone with a ceramic tile. Currently have a linoleum floor. I am wondering which underlayment is most recommended. One contractor plans on using 1/4" Wonderboard, while another contractor wants to install on a wire/mortar bed. The difference in cost is significant ($3,000 -vs- $3800) so I'm wondering if it's worth the addl. cost for the more expensive installation. Both contractors are very experienced and highly recommended by others. My house is 10 years old and we have not had any problems with our current floor.

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Old 08-04-2009, 08:47 PM   #2
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wire mesh is old school, but very cool.
1/4 board is fine as long as there is not serious deflection....

laying either on existing Vinyl I think is slightly questionable....

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The advatage with the Wonderboard is taht it's only 1/4" high.
A less expensive option might be to install another 5/8 or 3/4 ply over the existing floor. The height differences do add up though.
I would think most of that difference is extra labor costs.
I'm not sure how high the wire/motar bed would be.
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