Bathroom Tiling

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by viennamicro, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. viennamicro

    viennamicro New Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Executive Officer, 7th ID, USAAC, 11th ACR, ALMC,
    Vienna, WV
    Planning to tile my bathroom floor and walls.

    Very basic question, should I start with the floor or the walls?
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Before even that, have you checked the floor structure to verify it is strong enough for tile? It's often easier to tile the floor then the walls because you don't have to be as neat with the tile cuts at the walls - the wall tile will cover those. Note, do not tile to the wall, leave a (small) gap and do NOT grout it. The tile needs some room to expand. If you want to avoid caulk at the joint there, makes some expansion joints designed for wall/floor transitions. Then, it doesn't matter which goes first, since each edge needs to be visible.

    Check out for tiling help.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    If the floor is not adequate for tile, do you even want to walk into the room? The weight of the tile is evenly distributed over the entire area, but YOUR weight is concentrated at your two feet.
  5. nukeman

    nukeman Nuclear Engineer

    Nov 20, 2009
    Nuclear Engineer
    The problem is not the weight of the tile, but the fact that tile doesn't like movement. If the floor is not solid enough, the deflection will cause the tile/grout to crack.

    I agree that the OP should check out (lots of good info on the subject and very helpful people).
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