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Shak

09:40AM | 11/17/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
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1)Can you install marble tiles over Hardwood floor?If yes,
2)Do you need a certain underlayment?
3)Will they break eventually?
4)How can you prevent breaking?
5)What type of grout and adhesive should be use?

Brian Bagent

02:56PM | 12/03/02
Member Since: 12/02/02
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1)Can you install marble tiles over Hardwood floor?If yes,

You can, but it may not be a very good idea. Apparently, your hardwood is either nailed down or an adhesive was used. If it was nailed, it shouldn't be very much trouble to pry it up. If it's floating (probably isn't), it's REALLY easy to pull up. I am a co-owner of a flooring business, and I cannot think of reason to put tile on top of hardwood, and here's why: in the winter, when your heater is blasting away, your house is going to get less humid, shrinking the wood. In the summer, the opposite is true - the wood is going to swell. Neither of these conditions is something I'd want tile sitting on top of.

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2)Do you need a certain underlayment?
Not if you are tiling directly on concrete (provided that the concrete is flat and level). If you have a wooden sub-floor, you really need to get some hardi-backer. It's about $9 for a 3'X 5' sheet.

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3)Will they break eventually?

Under ordinary circumstances, they shouldn't break if you get 80-90% coverage with your mortar/mastic. If you drop something heavy on tile (like a cast iron dutch oven), it'll probably break the tile.

If it were me, I'd just make sure I had 8 or 10 tiles left over when I was finished installing. Keep some of the grout and mortar that you used as well. You never know.

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4)How can you prevent breaking?

Other than making sure you get enough mortar/mastic coverage on the tile, there isn't much you can do except be careful.

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5)What type of grout and adhesive should be use?

Good question. I avoid anything with latex in it. Not that I think there's anything wrong with latex, I just hate fooling with it, especially grout, as I find it more difficult to clean up.

Other than that, it's a wide open field. I've used lots of different ones, and have been generally pleased with all of them. Just be sure that the mortar has about the same consistency as peanut butter. The grout should be about that thick as well. Don't mix more than about 10# of grout at a time. If you've never done it before, it'll start getting pretty stiff in the bottom of your bucket before you can use it all. Also, rubber gloves are a must for the grout. I don't know what the Ph is, but I'm guessing it's around 9 or 9.5 because it absolutely tears up my cuticles if I don't wear gloves.

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