05:50AM | 01/08/07
Member Since: 01/07/07
6 lifetime posts
My contractor says it's ok to use portable propane heat to heat the wall and sub floors for ceramic tile installation. The flooring stores say no, as well as the web sites I have visited. Does anyone have an answer to this?


12:11AM | 01/10/07
Member Since: 10/28/05
312 lifetime posts
no it isnt ok ...

it's a recipe for flooring system failure.

Your contractor does not know what he is talking about and/or is obviously only concerned with a schedule instead of the success of the flooring installation and the longevity of the flooring system, probably because he wont have any liability for it.

the temperature needs to remain constant and within manufacturer stated standards for 48 hours before, during, and after the install for the life of the product ... at least as much as humanly possible.

excessive expansion and contraction of different products and materials can change dramatically with rapid and diverse temperature changes.

Also humidity can be a factor as well with so much artificial heat in such a short period of time, which is why many hard surfaces "sweat" (like a cold can of beer on a hot day - try getting something to stick to that).


There are two ways to do any job. The right way and the wrong way. Do it right everytime.


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