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midi77 11-11-2011 03:49 PM

Tile in front of fireplace with carpet - new addition

We just put on a new addition with a gas fireplace flush to the wall. I want to install two rows of tiles in front of the fireplace before the carpeting goes in. The floor is a concrete slab. The carpet guy mentioned that we should install an underlayment (I assume cement board) over the concrete about a 1/2 inch smaller than the overall surface of the tiles, I believe so the carpet can be tucked in under the tile. My wife talked to the guy, so I am not sure if this is all correct. Does this make sense? I would think that we should be flush, considering the grout will not cover the exposed edges of the tile. Is there a better/correct way to do this, prior to carpet being installed?

Thanks in advance.

rusty baker 11-11-2011 04:48 PM

CBU should not be installed on concrete. The tile should be set in thinset.

JazMan 11-11-2011 07:40 PM

As Rusty said, you do not install concrete backer on concrete. Set the tiles with the proper thin set mortar and use this kind of edging.


plowboy 11-11-2011 11:29 PM

Set tile directly on concrete with thinset mortar. I prefer a different schluter profile for tile to carpet

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