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Old 01-11-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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I bought a house a few months ago and the tiles on the stairs were cracked a little when we bought it, but they've been getting progressively worse. I've done some research on tiling, but would like some advice on what to change this time so the tile does not crack. So far from my research it looks like either the stair tread is bad or possibly they didn't use cement board under the tile for the stairs. Does that sound correct? It's only the stair tread that seems to be causing the issue. The prior owner left extra tile that I plan to use.

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Are these stairs on the interior or exterior?

I've done two staircases which had framed walls on both sides, going down into a basement on the interior of a home. So the stringers were attached to a studded wall. I put in a strip of tilebacker against the wall before the rest of the wall was rocked. I guess I notched it out for the risers and treads. Can't remember now, but don't think I installed it before the stringer. Stringer was a 2x12.

Risers were 2x8's and treads were 2x10's, attached with screws and construction adhesive. To this I mudded on tilebacker and laid the tile. The stringer "stair steps" down. So instead of a straight line (cut tile), they are full 12x12's cut to fit.

These are both fine staircases and feel like poured concrete. Most all the joints are caulked, except the two horizontal joints on the treads and the 2 vertical joints on the risers. I think I used 6 tubes of caulk on each staircase.

Anyway, If you don't build them something like this, I think they will fail.
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Hi,
I bought a house a few months ago and the tiles on the stairs were cracked a little when we bought it, but they've been getting progressively worse. I've done some research on tiling, but would like some advice on what to change this time so the tile does not crack. So far from my research it looks like either the stair tread is bad or possibly they didn't use cement board under the tile for the stairs. Does that sound correct? It's only the stair tread that seems to be causing the issue. The prior owner left extra tile that I plan to use.

Thanks in advance.
If these are interior stairs, I cannot foresee ceramic tile being a good idea at all. Stair tread is rarely, if ever, strong enough to not flex - even with backer board - and flexing will destroy any tile.
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So what would you recommend that would look nice with the floor. It's a single stair.
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It is an interior stair with a wall on each side but has white trim board installed on both sides. I can take a picture if that would help.
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So what would you recommend that would look nice with the floor. It's a single stair.
Have you got any pictures?

Most people either paint, stain, or carpet their stairs.
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What is a single stair?
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A hardwood stair tread is the norm. Lowes and Home Depot carry Red oak and Pine treads. Oak would last longer.
They can be ordered in about 50 differant types of woods.
Just type in "stair parts" on Google.
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Here are a couple pics. Anyway I can re-tile this and avoid having them break again?
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Wow, that is a single step.

Take off the tile and make sure you have a decent treat under there. It should be a 2x, and use adhesive and screw it to the riser and whatever is in the back. Make it stable. Then put your tilebacker on that with a layer of thinset. Now re-tile.
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