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Old 08-09-2018, 08:37 PM
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Default Need some input from contractors,or tile guys . Baseboard first or tile ?

Have a new house being built and have to say it has went extremely smooth thus far. But came time for tile and trim ...
I have done some tile work but buy far no expert so if I am off let me know. I have always put tile down first then baseboard ....simply because that's what I thought baseboard was made for ,to cover the expansion gap between the tile and wall . Plus no long grout lines .
My builder put the baseboards first then tiled ...and it doesn't look horrible but I think I would prefer to have the baseboards 1/2 inch taller and not have a grout line all the way round my house.
And I wrong for thinking this way, or is there something I am missing? And if he did it the wrong way what is my recourse?
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:44 PM
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I would have done it the same as your builder, maybe lift the baseboard a little higher

edit should have said, I do it the same way. We do trim and paint before tile. I would not install baseboard on top of tile unless I use shoe molding...I don’t like to use shoe molding on tile

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I'm not a contractor or a tile guy but as a consumer I can't stand the baseboard first method. While there may be a specific reason for doing so, to me it just doesn't look right.

I prefer having the baseboard on to of the tile.
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My wife and I did the tile job in our kitchen.....thankfully I bought base that was a little thicker than normal to cover my amateur work. I have worked in construction with my brothers company and I don't recall ever seeing any installs with the base first and run the tile to the base. Way to much time to get it perfectly straight -vs- putting the base on top of the tile after laying it.
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:05 PM
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Tile first...
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:41 PM
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It can be done either way, but, tile first always looks the best
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Old 08-10-2018, 02:49 AM
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Ain't got no base,I gots a dirt floor.
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The trades have reversed the process for builder speed not quality . The new way is all trim first ,paint and then floors . The proper way is all trim except baseboard and paint . then floors under base . wood flooring needs a gap about a 1/4 all the way around . You can't keep a grout line against wood due to the movement of the wood . grout will always crack at the wood . Its much slower to do it the correct way .
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When I did my house I did tile first. I think it's a much cleaner look. No shoe molding.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:18 AM
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Could always just add some quarter round at the base to hide the line.
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Always lower layer first....who says different is a baker or mailman
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We did tile first....
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Itís really six of one, half dozen of the other. Pros and cons to each method. I have done it both ways. If you donít have a flat floor (which you probably donít) baseboard on top, especially wide board, will leave gaps along the bottom. Even if it looks flat, any spills will find their way in with no way to remove. Spill something stinky in there and you will be removing the baseboard! On the other hand if you ever want to replace the baseboard, youíll wish it was installed after!
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Holy Cow !!! TILE first ! Baseboard covers a "Multitude of Sins" ... LOL

and anyone that tiles around a toilet should be SHOT !!!
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:31 AM
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Tile first, then baseboard, then shoe (not 1/4 round) if the floor is really crooked and there's big gaps uner the base that can't be caulked. Cabinets ALWAYS sit either on the finished flooring, or on sleepers to sit at the height of finished flooring.

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Cabinets never go on finish floor. They need to be leveled and the floor is never perfect. Plus the fact what happens when you want to change your flooring out and you cant get it out from under the cabinets. Oh yea...there is a whole thread on that subject going on right now.
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That grout line along the baseboard will crack unless they use caulk. Tile first.
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Originally Posted by RockportFisher View Post
Cabinets never go on finish floor. They need to be leveled and the floor is never perfect. Plus the fact what happens when you want to change your flooring out and you cant get it out from under the cabinets. Oh yea...there is a whole thread on that subject going on right now.
Cabinets are always levelled with shims, no matter where they are set. I really prefer sleepers, but these arent always an option on some jobs. In any case, cabinets are never tiled upto.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Tile first, then baseboard, then shoe (not 1/4 round) if the floor is really crooked and there's big gaps uner the base that can't be caulked. Cabinets ALWAYS sit either on the finished flooring, or on sleepers to sit at the height of finished flooring.

Listen to Tommy the turd herder about toilets!
I'm out of it now.
But I have seen "trim carpenters & some GC's " here that do not know the difference between the two.

And yes tile first on 1/2" cement board if you're not on a slab.
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Tile First!
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