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Old 03-10-2016, 11:22 PM   #1
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Installing Tile 2nd Floor-Pros/Cons


I am researching wood look tile and engineered wood for my second floor. I really prefer the tile, but the weight concerns me. The subfloor is below standards but I am keeping it and either adding durock on top for tile or OSB on top for the engineered wood. I am concerned about sound so if I go with the engineered wood I will be nailing it down.
One post I read a guy said that the extra weight should not be a problem and could actually add increased stability to the home.
This is a 2,000 + townhome, end unit, Irving, Tx. So, about 1,000 SQ FT upstairs would be subfloor/mortar/durock/mortar/tile/grout. Was not sure if I still need a moisture barrier since this was not going to be wet areas.

I appreciate any thoughts or suggestions!
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Start by telling us you mean by "subfloor is below standards".
Need to know the type of subfloor, how thick, what size and style of the joist and what's the free spans
That style of tile needs a dead flat non flexible surface.
Tile boards adds almost no added strength to the floor.
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