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roach007

06:42AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 02/12/03
11 lifetime posts
I have a recently poured concrete floor in my basement. I will be tiling the bathroom, laundry room and, due to occasional minor water coming in, the bedroom and office. I will be using ceramic tiles. The thing I want to know is: do I need to place some sort of underlaying on top of the concrete prior to laying the tile or can I have the tiles put straight on the cement?
On a bit of a side point, can I assume that I am making a wise choice to put in tile rather than any other floor to minimize headaches should water come in?
Thanks,
David

carpetman

09:55AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
from a do it yourself point of view,your all set.(lay the tile over the floor as it is now) you need no other underlayment,and nothing will work as well as tile,you dont say where the water is coming from,so i'm not sure about sealing the floor.but that would not hurt anything. good luck

roach007

11:00AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 02/12/03
11 lifetime posts
Thanks for responding. I will not be doing the work. The contractor who is finishing the basement will. While he is doing a good job overall, I am one of those nightmare customers who needs to know everything..lol. That plus the fact that the more I am on top of things, the less I'll be sorry. You mention sealing the floor. While I don't think that any water that came in in the past was from the floor, what would sealing it consist of? Wouldnt the tiles and grout etc be a seal of its own?
Also, while there may not have been leakages from the floor in the past, he just poured this floor. I had him break the old floor and pout this one.
David

carpetman

09:39AM | 03/04/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
you can buy a cement sealer at your local home depot ,if you are having a ceramic tile installed that will not require sealing,but the grout will require sealing


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