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Question DetailsAsked on 5/15/2015

Angie's List, why don't you have contractors that do floor tiling in Northern Virginia?

I want to lay porcelain tile on my painted cement basement floor.

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Sure they do - just need the right Search the List category - Ceramic Tile, in this case.

And remember the concrete will need to be prepped - ground or etched so the thinset or mortar bed will bond to it, which also has to remove all the paint. Another recommnedation - in general, but especially in basements where there is a risk of future flooding from groundwater or pipe leaks or water heater/boiler leaking, etc - do NOT go with a floating tile floor (which I think are dumb anyway) - go with a fully cementatious bonded tile - like modified thinset bedding for the tile, bonded to the concrete.

And remember, if there are any cracks in the concrete slab, they are quite likely to reflect through to the tile, making a matching crack in it over time unless all the movement that causes the crack is done.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


Sorry - I forgot to say WHY floating tile floors are bad - they lie on a mat that can flex when you walk on it, so the grout (and occasionally tiles) breaks up - that is why I hate them as a matter of course.

However, for areas that might have water leaks - meaning pretty much most places tile is usually used except entries, if water gets under the tile because of flooding it will commonly then go stagnant and mildew/mold, plus some of the floating floor membranes REALLY stink when they get wet - like old wet tennis shoes - so then you have to pull it up the same as a laminate or engineered wood/hardwood. Ditto to mastic adhesive BTW - most do not stay stuck when wet, and many mildew/mold.

Cementatious thinset mounted tile on concrete can generally take a swim without any damage, and because it has no organic materials generally can be cleaned up the same as concrete and does not stink afterwards either, or that can be alleviated (especially if sewage inundated) by dosing the leakage with bleach before cleaning it up.

Oh - and the category - says ceramic tile but includes porcelain, quarry and mexican tiles, veneer stone, terrazo tile - any tile-like product in that vendor category.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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