Weekend Warrior

04:00AM | 01/30/04
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
I am trying to decide between putting ceramic or vinyl tile down in my 12x12 dining room.

Since the installations are similar as far as prep and cost, my decision lies on which is more forgiving to a little bit of floor bounce. The bounce is very slight. If you do the ‘bounce test’ you don’t notice it, but if the one of the kids runs through the room, you can hear things in the hutch rattling.

The hutch is right next to the doorway, so it is very close to the footfalls causing the rattles. Doing the ‘bounce test in the middle of the room produces no rattle from the hutch, so I assume the floor is fairly sound.

I have seen flexible mortars on the market. Will this work for me, or should I stick with vinyl?

The house is over 100 yrs old and working with the joists is not feasible due to odd ducting and plumbing runs by the previous owner.

Thanks in advance


06:24PM | 01/30/04
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
from your information you could do tile or lino,both will work.lino is the more flexable of the two,if you go with tile be sure and install a cement backerboard,that will stop the tile from cracking. ...good luck

Weekend Warrior

01:35AM | 01/31/04
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
Thanks, but you didn't specify if you meant ceramic or vinyl tile.

I assume you meant the vinyl

erik peterson

04:31AM | 01/31/04
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
Im assuming if the floor has movement that it is a "raised-floor" home...youre house was not designed to carry the weight of ceramic tile (mud,backer board,tile) Check with your local building department. erik


05:46PM | 02/01/04
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
lino or vinyl tile would be more flexable
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