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Old 09-26-2010, 03:36 PM   #1
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Is it ok to put a cast iron clawfoot tub on a slate tile floor? The slate tiles are 12x12, .39" (10mm) thick gauged multicolor slate.

After stumbling across a different post, I realize that I have to check the floor deflection before I can even be sure I can install the tile, but if I can, I'd like to know if it is a bad idea to use slate with a clawfoot tub.

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i have driven a car over 12x12 india slate when it's set correctly {really not kidding}. provided the floor is strong enough you won't have an issue at all. as you're assuming the floor strength is everything. slate is one of the weaker stones so flex will crack it.

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I'm not concerned about a claw foot tub on slate because of the weight. I'd be concerned about slate in a bathroom. Maintenance could be a nightmare depending on the slate and how the room is used. I'd worry it's not sanitary for one, never mind how it'll look in a year or so.

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Driving vehicles over tile is very different from placing a footed bathtub on the tile. With the tub...you are dealing with "point-load" not at all the same as driving a rubber tired vehicle over it.

What exactly are the stats of the floor structure?

By the way...JazMan is correct.
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Thanks for the opinions. As for the stats, I won't know until I actually gut the bathroom. However, since the floor creaks in several places, and the house is 40 yrs old, I'm not hopeful it will be up to snuff. Damn impulse buying, lol. Looks like another return for Lowes.

Any suggestions for type of tile for a bathroom?
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the floor creaks in several places, and the house is 40 yrs old,
Doesn't necessarily mean anything..........

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