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Old 05-02-2011, 07:06 AM
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Hey folks, figured this is the best place to ask:

I currently have wood laminate floors in my master bathroom. Whoever thought that was a good idea should be shot. We bath the kids back there, in a claw foot tub, and they tend to get a lot of water on the floors. So, now the floors are warping.

I plan on tearing them up, and replacing with tile. I have a few questions for the resident experts:1) can i just tile straight to the concrete slab/floor? 2) I'd like to do a tile back splash on the wall around the tub, up to about 3 feet. What do I need to do to prep the current drywall to be tiled? Can I just tile straight to the existing drywall? It's not going to be shower or anything. In my mind, it just seems better to have a seemless tile floor to wall around the tub, since they get the wall wet too.

I'll likely do it myself, so I want to keep it simple. Remove wood, replace with tile. Seems easy enough, right?

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Old 05-02-2011, 07:36 AM
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As with most construction projects untill you do the demo you never quite know what you will have to work with underneath.

You can put the tile directly to the concrete floor but I would put a membrane material like Schluter®-DITRA between to prevent shifting and cracking of the tile. You can get the DITRA or a similar product at HD. It's not cheap but a lot cheaper than having the tiles crack in a few years.

As for the tub walls...if its only a tub and no shower I would remove the sheetrock you intend to tile and replace with a Hardi-Backer or cement board(I like using the hardi backer but you can use the Durarock/ or Kerdi board if you have the cash.) Just be patient and take your time, making sure everything is straight and even.

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