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Old 03-03-2013, 07:24 AM   #1
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tile quality for a basement guest room


I am looking at a Marazzi tile from Home depot (ceramic) which is only 89 cents a sq foot. I like its color and sheen. The room could end up being a handicapped person's space since it has a bathroom attached, but other than that, maybe a room for guests or my son's get togethers with friends. I don't want to spend more than 2.50 a sq foot and the ones I have seen in that category are not as attractive and seem to be roughly the same quality. I've read the comments about cheap versus expensive tile and they haven't helped me decide!
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:34 AM   #2
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Are you 100% sure that floor will even support tile?
Not all floors are created equal.
Size, spacing, free spans, thickness and type of subflooring all come into play.
It's not on those DIY shows where anything goes for a long lasting trouble free floor.
I can see tile in a bathroom, but in what may become a bedroom?
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If you like the looks of the tile it can be used----one draw back to the 'bargain bin' tile is the quality control---some may not be the same size--some may not be flat---so be prepared to set the tiles with extra care to make up for that possibility.

Snapping a grid pattern on the floor may be required---because using spacers with out of size tiles will not give you straight grout lines---
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What Oh'Mike said exactly.

If you go with this tile, stand it up in a doorway on edge and look at the sizes.

Try to sort the tile in advance. If you seem to have 2 sizes, separate into 2 piles.

Lay in a half bond pattern if your sizes differ. Now let's say you have 12 tile to a row. Lay each row with the same size tile. If you have a row to cut, use the queer tile for this.
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Are you 100% sure that floor will even support tile?
Not all floors are created equal.
Size, spacing, free spans, thickness and type of subflooring all come into play.
Joe, this is a basement floor.

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Joe, this is a basement floor.

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And where does it say that?....
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Wow, and once in awhile people say I need glasses.

Let me know when you see the answer.

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Wow, and once in awhile people say I need glasses.

Let me know when you see the answer.

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You got me by the sneakers. ... if you think handicap means basement....? Idk jazz your the moderator you have super powers not me.
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You got me by the sneakers. ... if you think handicap means basement....? Idk jazz your the moderator you have super powers not me.
Well I see the problem, I'm sure you will see soon. Made me second guess myself, but it's as plain as the nose on my face :-)
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And where does it say that?....
Here's a hint. What did you read just before you read the first post in this thread?
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Here's a hint. What did you read just before you read the first post in this thread?
That's not a good enough hint there buddy. Chance are Mark, (Jetswet) was looking at pictures not words. But, I could be wrong.

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Found it guys!!! Lol just wanted to make sure every one was paying attention besides me.

And all this time I thought this was a automotive forum? ......lmao

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I was watching this one-----some how I knew it was a basement, but when the fun started, I read the thread and wondered why I though it was in a basement-----
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Too funny! Mark, thanks for being a good sport! We need some diversion now and then, this job can get boring sometimes.

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Thanks guys


Now that you guys have sorted out that this is a basement guest room!
I would like just a tad more input... so, bargain tiles may not be completely uniform, at that price, I think we can throw a few out if we have to, and since laying diagonally, will need some sacrifice tiles. What concerns me is durability. Are they going to lose their looks? Crack more easily? They are supposed to be good up to 390 pounds. The reason I want tile is that the basement has had some dampness. Also, I want to use it for movies, teen parties, a handicapped man, and/or overflow if I have a full house of guests. I will have oriental carpeting on it. So, should I go with Dal Gres 2.12 a tiles (which really costs about 90 cents wholesale) or the Marazzi which is a good Italian name even if it is low end. I liked the guy who said just because other people buy cars for 35,000 doesn't mean your second hand Volvo for 10,000 isn't a really good car for the money. Of course, it was a VOLVO not a Fiat! So, keeping in mind that this house gets rented a lot, and will probably get sold within 5 years or so, would YOU invest more than the Home Depot level tile? Thanks.
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