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Old 11-23-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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Floor Joists for Tile Floor in the Kitchen

Hi Everyone. First thanks to all that helped with my bath remodel project last year.

I am on to the kitchen now. Before I even begin the research process for the cabinets, appliances, etc. I would like to know what my floor joists need to be in order to hold a new tile floor (currenly vinyl)? 2x8s? 2x10s? More or less? Do I/Should I beef them up to not have a worry in the world?

I will be putting 3/4" ply with 1/4" (potentially 1/2" given the floor height that it will join next to in the hall way) hardi as the subfloor.

Then the plan would be to put a 13"-15" procelain tile on top of that.

I am just concerned that the floor joists will not be able to withstand the load of the new floor. Any help of guidance will be appreciated.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:22 PM   #2
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Check out the Ditramat (Schluter) website for a detailed discussion about the required stiffness of a floor to accept porcelain tile (www.schluter.com). This site includes a PDF download that discusses floor systems, and answers most any question you could have, regardless of whether you use Ditra or not.
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