I am having my garage floor here in Florida tiled in 20" x 20" porcelain tiles right now.
Since I have flooring on my mind now, and this is the "flooring forum", I thought I would share with you some photos of my other house in the Philippines.
I have a custom built cement staircase that leads up to the 2nd floor. The wood steps are attached to the cement. Well, after about a year in this house, the clear finish on the wood steps was starting to get scratched up. As I stated before, the actual straircase is made of cement, and the wood steps are screwed into that cement. Anyway, my problem was with the wood steps.
Here was the "fix" .... I really don't think I have seen this done before, but it solved the wear problems from walking up and down wood steps ... and I think it looks very nice too.
My tile guy cut and installed ceramic tile to be installed over the wood steps.
Here are some photos of the tile applied directly to the wood steps (I thought this was a great idea myself).
What do ya think?
(he also installed some kind of a plastic 'wear' strip on the nose of the tiles that you can see in the photos. This wear strip has about a 1" lip that sticks underneath tile so it does not come loose)
I don't know what type of adhesive he used to fix the tiles to the wood steps, but whatever it is ... it ain't coming loose in my lifetime.