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raised floor?What is the sub-floor made of? Are the tiles going on a concrete slab or being installed over a
Hi, Looks like you got a little ahead of me, lol
Is the house on a concrete slab or a raised foundation?
In that situation, I would go with the 1/4" Hardi-board.
This will distribute the weight of the tile and prevent cracks from happening.
Dutile? or do you Daltile?
ok, lol, I never heard of a product called Dutile and thought and was thinking I missed a new product, lol
I only use Drarock in wet locations like bathrooms. Its actually cement board and not flexible, but because its a cement product it works well in wet locations. You can use it in the kitchen but the extra cost is not really needed. I would use the Hardi board.
And make sure they seal the grout to keep the grout from staining.
I hope this helps answer your question, Feel free to ask me additional questions about your tile job. I am happy to assist you.
It really depends on the location and how much foot traffic the floor gets. Wet locations like bathrooms I say seal it every 1-2 years. If you don't have allot of people in your family then the foot traffic will be less and that means that the wear on the flooring and grout is less so it will last longer.
There are some grouts that you don't "need" to seal but I still do just as a habbit unless the manufacturer of that grout says not to.
Dura-rock is a cement board used in wet locations and the hardiboard is a compressed fiber board. In the bathroom, I would use the Dura-rock.
While both are very good products, I found that the cement board just works better in the wet locations.
In locations such as kitchen floors the hardiboard is fine and you should be happy with the results.
I use liners in areas where we have earthquakes or allot of ground movement and the tile is going over concrete. This way if the concrete cracks the crack will not be as likely to transfer up into the tiles.
In your situation, I would just stay with the hardiboard. As long as your subfloor is good and strong you should be ok, but if the subfloor moves at all then you will want to beef up the subfloor so it has none flex at all. If it does flex then your tile WILL crack over time. The subfloor should be a minimum of 3/4"
I hope this helps, Thanks again and I look forward to your reply,
Well the hairline cracks that you describe, located close to each other then you will probably find that you have a weak spot in the subfloor. Unless its a serious problem you can solve those most times by adding a support under the house in that are. Its a cheap easy and permanent repair.
How old is your home?