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Tiling on Concrete Slab & Granite Saddle Installation in Shower

Posted by NJHM (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 26, 12 at 8:18

Hi, I need some help on a couple of questions that came up during our renovation.

- Tile on concrete slab: We would like to put tile in our basement. The concrete floor is smooth finished (our original intention was to just leave a concrete floor and stain it) and has control/isolation joints every 8 feet. A couple of tile guys have expressed that this might be a problem because tile will crack at the control joints and that they will have to tile within those 8-foot square boxes which I think will look ugly. Will Ditra (or any other brand uncoupling membrane) solve this problem?

- Bathrooms: Which is installed first in a shower, the tile or the granite saddles on the shower curb? Who installs the saddles - granite installer or tiler? Please let me know the correct sequence for this is.

Thank you.

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RE: Tiling on Concrete Slab & Granite Saddle Installation in Show

Yu need to "honor" those control joints. With Ditra, the material should "break" in those areas, as should your tile. The grout joints above them should be filled with a colour-co-ordinated, sanded caulk. The perimeter, also, should have a gap, filled with the same caulk.

RE: Tiling on Concrete Slab & Granite Saddle Installation in Show

TileTech - Thank you. Do you have any suggestions regarding the shower saddle issue?


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