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Old 07-07-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Tonight our toilet finally gave up the ghost, and that's fine. We figured we'd rip out the bathroom floor we hate so much before installing the new toilet. The problem is, neither me nor my husband are sure just what kind of floor it is.

It's hard like tile...but doesn't look like any tile floor I've ever seen before. It appears to have grout, but I'm afraid it might be a solid piece. I am including a picture and hopefully someone here has seen this before and can tell me exactly what it is. I have to get this floor out of my bathroom. I've looked at it for too long now and I can't stand it anymore.

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looks like ceramic tile, just a mosaic type pattern. Small tiles come in roughly square foot sheets. If you take the toilet off, you should be able to see the edge of the flooring to determine if its tile or not, or if you have a removable floor register, you can view the edge.
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Looks like either lino or sheet vinyl, from 70s or 80s. Tarkett, I think.
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It's porcelain tile, a pattern that was very popular in the '70's & '80's. The big question is how was it installed and how much experience you have to finish the job. Is this room on a slab or over a suspended wooden subfloor? Did you start yet?

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You could be right Jaz, but I installed tons of a sheet vinyl pattern that looked just like that.
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You could be right Jaz, but I installed tons of a sheet vinyl pattern that looked just like that.
I'm sure you did Rusty, those lantern patterns were popular. But that pic is the real thing, porcelain with grout and all. We'll wait for a response on method of installation.

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You could be right Jaz, but I installed tons of a sheet vinyl pattern that looked just like that.
did you grout your vinyl ?

Jaz is spot on. its an old porcelain tile which had a string mesh backing.

similar to this lantern shaped tile
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did you grout your vinyl ?

Jaz is spot on. its an old porcelain tile which had a string mesh backing.

similar to this lantern shaped tile
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Laugh all you want, but the vinyl had a lighter area between the tiles to resemble grout. Let's see if they come back and tell us what it is.
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they already did and Jaz and I agree. its tile.
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It appears to have grout, but I'm afraid it might be a solid piece
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There is not doubt about it. All the sheet vinyl people copied that pattern, it was the thing back then.

Speaking about grouting vinyl...... Back in the mid-late 70's a sheet vinyl mechanic & helper from the largest retailer in the mid-west, (the one that is having the best sale ever and it ends Saturday at 9 pm, only to be repeated again next week) came in my store and axed for a lb. of gray grout. Sure we have grout in 1 lb. says I. He was so proud of himself that he had to tell me he was gonna grout the seams of some Designer Solarian he just installed, but had a little trouble with scribing a seam. But, he knows the trick. Great I said, and who do you work for? New York Carpet World he said. Well I kinda already knew that.

Now it's how some of those floors are done.

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I went to pick up one job for New York Carpet World. It was a berber that was so delaminated, the backing was falling off when they were rolling it. I said something about it and was told to install it anyway, they would take care of it if the customer ever complained. I just drove off. No way was I getting involved.

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