10:20AM | 11/27/05
Member Since: 08/21/01
22 lifetime posts
I'm looking to lay a marble tile floor and plan on using backer board as the sub floor. I'm used to hearing of and/or seeing a mudd sub floor used in this sort of application.

Would the backer board be sufficient?


01:44PM | 11/27/05
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
Depends on what is under the backerboard as it offers little in structural strength, its real purpose is too offer a superior surface for the tile to be bonded to. The subflooring must be adequate as well as the size and spacing of the floor joists as well as the length of the unsupported span. If these are not up to snuff neither a mud job, which needs to be at least 1 & 1/4" thick throughout the floor, nor the cement board will offer any protection against tile failure. You need to check with a structural engineer that your floor meets a L/720 requirement for stone tiles. They will know what that means.


03:44AM | 11/29/05
Member Since: 08/21/01
22 lifetime posts
Thanks Bob,

The joist are 2X8 (16" oc) and the existing subfloor is 3 1/2" tounge and groove planks (perpendicular to the joist) that I believe are 3/4" thick. The open span beneth the subfloor and between the joist is 13' - 15' (the room is not square by design).

I have an existing ceramic tile floor with a mudd base over the same subfloor for over 8 years and have had no tile failure. However, I will take your advise and consult a structural engineer.

If the additional structural info makes a difference any and all insight/info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for your reply.

doug seibert

06:00AM | 11/29/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
Visit the John Bridge Tile Forum......."the world's friendliest forum"

You can find a link to the "deflecto".....a check on the strength of your proposed floor system.....plug your #'s into the program....

and the "Liberry".....a collection of archived posts that form a Reference Library for the tile setter.........

and of course the forum.....where you can ask your own personal questions......

I didn't see What kind/size of Marble tile you were planning to install?


06:06AM | 11/29/05
Member Since: 08/21/01
22 lifetime posts
the tiles are 12x12

thanks for the link!


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