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Old 08-17-2011, 02:42 PM   #1
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I Want 18" Ceramic Tile Floor Is It Possible?


What would u do with concrete between first & socond floor.Don't want the linoleum & old carpet there.How would you put click wood surface.hard wood or engineered wood.Don't like fake looking laminate.I really want ceramic tiles,but there's is a sound issue.Is there an underlayment to prevent this? Anyone ever put down wood or ceramic flooring on the second floor of a condo?

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Old 08-17-2011, 02:47 PM   #2
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Hello Lorra and welcome to the best darn DIY'r site on the web.

Your hubby is correct, but make sure you get some good stretching in to, working floors is alot and I mean alot of up and down.

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Old 08-18-2011, 09:34 PM   #3
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How would u handle 18" Ceramic tile on a second floor condo?Continuous run from kitchen,thru hallway & living room.HOA says we can tile kitchen & hall.they want carpet in living room.This is 500 sq. ft. HOA will consider tile in living room with a good sound abatement underlayment.There is concrete betweeen the floors.the straight run of tiles will make a small condo look larger.Any thoughts?Anybody try this?
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Done all of the time.

What did you have in mind for sound-abatement?
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:38 AM   #5
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We r thinking of using cork over the concrete deck.do we glue the cork to the deck?Do we glue the tile to the cork?What about a vapor barrier?Is there any soundproofing that would be easier than cork?
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What about Easymat 5mm or Noble Sound Guard?
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Those manufacturers make that claim.
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As far as installing 18" tiles, I highly recommend it for a more modern look. I would try to sell the HOA on using schluter ditra mat on top of the concrete for sound abatement. They don't advertise it as such, but it really does cut down on transferred noise and vibration. As an added bonus it is easier to remove than about any other subflooring option.

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Put the Schuler Ditra Specifications in my favorites.There r 32 pages.We will read it tom'w.Decide after we check out everything,if we'll use it.Of course we'll first take out the linoleum in the kitchen,tile in the entrance(two tiles cracked,a bunch not affixed)& rug in living room.Luckily the former owners didn't have pets or smoke.In a small; vacation home we bought in RI there were dogs & cats that were not trained or something.Everytime my husband would take up the rug ,mat or underlayment,he would want to retch,I would too listening to him.We were just wondering if that tile floor is still there.Ten years ago we just happened to buy porcelain cause it was cheap.Not only bought at Home Depot,but that's who we asked for info on how to install.They did have those free booklets than.It looked great.
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lorra let me save you some reading time and tell you that Schluter DITRA doesn't make a very good sound barrier for hard floors. If it did Schluter would be saying so.

Schluter DITRA is made up of waffled depressions in a plastic mat and each little waffle when filled with thinset becomes a column of cement that goes from the underside of the tile directly to the subfloor and will transmit sound as if there were nothing there. Not the best advice to use DITRA.
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The HOA will want test facts that the system you chose actually reduces noise and vibration. Just because a product is soft doesn't mean it has those characteristics. I use Ditra often, great product, not in this case though.

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What about the Easymator 5 mm or the Noble Sound Guard?Anything?The best?Possibilty anything will be passed by the HOA?
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There are hundreds of choices. You can't go wrong with Noble products. Gotta decide whether to go with a sheet, or mortar noise reduction methods.

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Now everyone,back to my condo on the second floor.About underlayment.How about 1/8" or 1/4" cork rolls?Would I still need a vapor barrier?What should that be?

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