I am tiling a bathroom floor and have removed the carpet leaving the existing partcle board flooring, Can I tile directly over the particle board? If not what needs to be done? Also do I need to remove the toilet and tile under it or just up to it?
For ceramic tile, you need something between the tile and the particle board. The reason is that the wood (particle board) has a little bit of "give" in it, and can move slightly when walked on. When this happens, it causes the grout to crack between the tiles. So, the tiles must be installed on a surface that's absolutely solid, with no play at all. You should get a book on the subject. My local Home Depot gives free classes on this subject. Maybe yours does too.
Home Depot told me when I was putting down tile on my kitchen floor. To leave the vinyl down for moisture barrier. Using mortar right on the vinyl putting hardbacker down on it. Then let dry for 24 hours before mortaring it before laying the tile. They said moisture barrier was very important if you have partcle board. I couldn't disagree, thinking well at least its more protection so I left it on. I did had extra tile left over so I use it on the partcle board under the sink.
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