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vm520 11-24-2009 11:08 PM

Tile size in bathroom
I am completely remodeling my bathroom. Walls and ceiling are gone, exposing bare studs. I am picking out ceramic tiles for the floor and have a couple of questions.
1. Should the Hardie backer board and tile go completely under tub, or install tub first and then install hardi backer board and tile up to the edge of the tub. I have asked many people for advise on this and it really seems like it is each person's personal opinion. I am just trying to do what is best.
2. The bathroom is not very big (5x8). Which size tile would be best for the floor 13x13 or 6.5x6.5. I am not sure if one size or the other would make the space look larger.
Thanks for your advise!!!

MI-Roger 11-25-2009 06:48 PM

Personal preference for tile size.......
Our 5ft x 8ft full bath uses 1 x 1 ceramic tiles. Our 4ft x 6ft half bath uses the same 16-inch x 16-inch grouted vinyl tile as the adjoining kitchen area. Both rooms have most of the open floor covered by throw rugs for warmth and noise control. Neither room looks strange as result of tile size.

The bigger the tile, the stronger the floor must be to resist flexing which will crack ceramic tiles. Floor stiffness may be the deciding factor.

oh'mike 11-25-2009 07:18 PM

Tub installed first--Then backer board and tile.

I rather like 12x12 in a small bath -but any size can look good-It's a matter of personal taste.

Bud Cline 11-26-2009 07:42 PM


The bigger the tile, the stronger the floor must be to resist flexing which will crack ceramic tiles.
Not at all true!

All ceramic tile has the same structural requirements to keep the grout and tiles from cracking. The deflection of the space is the important factor with any ceramic tile.

Typically tubs are installed on the subfloor but it wouldn't hurt to install the Hardi first since you have that opportunity, then the tub, then the tile. You would never want the tub on top of the tile.:)

Professional decorators say the larger tile will help to make the room (look) bigger.

TileArt 11-27-2009 09:29 PM

Larger tile can make a smaller space look bigger. If the floor tile is installed on-point (diagonally) it will also help the room to look larger.

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