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Old 06-16-2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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i have a contractor comming in a few days to lay some tile in a small 6X10 half bath/laundry room of my home. i have heard that you should not lay ceramic/porceline tile directly to concrete. when i asked him about if he had to lay something down between the tile and concrete he said no just lay the tile directly onto the concrete. is this right? or is my tile going to crack all to pieces in a few months?

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:19 AM   #2
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He probably quoted the job that way to keep the price low and have a better chance of hearing yes. It might even work well that way, but there are better ways to install tiles on concrete.

Ask him to suggest an alternative, then tell us what he thinks. Is he a real tile setter or a handyman, licensed, how long in biz, does he keep up with all methods and products?

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In BC you can install tile on concrete per minimum code ... But that doesn't make it a good idea. Some form of crack prevention membrane is a better idea if you actually intend it to last. There are several products ... Check out Mapei and Schluter as just 2 suggested companies that make products for this purpose. Any tile installer in North America should have heard of both. There is all Red Guard sold at that big orange home improvement store.
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all the new homes where i live, arizona, have had tile directly to concrete for the last 20+ years. the only thing they would do different is if there was a crack in the slab they would put #30 or 315 felt over the area.
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all the new homes where i live, arizona, have had tile directly to concrete for the last 20+ years. the only thing they would do different is if there was a crack in the slab they would put #30 or 315 felt over the area.
A crack in a slab may not appear for months or even years after construction as the home settles. Would it be fair to assume that in Arizona the amount of water seeping up through a concrete slab is very minimal? Also I would guess that the slab does not get really cold in winter increasing the chance of freeze/thaw conditions causing the tile mortar to break free. Location is one factor when determining best practices for many aspects of construction.
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exactly. location is the factor.

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