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Old 01-30-2018, 08:56 PM   #1
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Protect newly tiled floors while remodeling continues?

After grouting is done, is it reasonable to want protection of some kind on top of newly tiled floors throughout my home as work proceeds? There is a lot left to be done (seemed early for flooring), even more coats of ceiling and wall paint, installation of a couple windows, etc. I was told drop cloths would be used for the painting only, then nothing would be needed.

Obviously, dirt is an issue, with four pairs of work boots traipsing around, and neither the tile or grout are dark colors... sand and road salt are bonuses at this time of year in the North Country. I know tile is hard, but couldn't it still be scratched or chipped or even cracked if a heavy object falls?

If there should be protection, what is best to use? Cardboard? Something else?

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Old 01-30-2018, 09:51 PM   #2
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I used some left over 3/8 plywood, though any thickness would be fine. Mainly to protect from dropped hammers and stuff until I got through with the rest of the build. With the lighter work, I just laid out some old moving blankets. Some sheets of box cardboard would do too. See what you have around that will afford some degree of protection.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:05 AM   #3
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Ram Board is my go to product for protecting floors. It's a very heavy cardboard like material.

https://www.ramboard.com/?_vsrefdom=adwords

One word of caution: DO NOT apply the seam tape that they sell to any finished surface. If you need to tape the edges to the floor (to prevent dirt from getting underneath) use blue painters tape.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:26 AM   #4
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Yeah, ram boards are great. Super heavy duty. Whatever you do don't use the rolls of red rosin paper at HD. When it gets wet it's bad news.

Massena you say? Hello Red Raider!
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I tiled my kitchen floors before I had the countertops and cabinets done. To protect them I used the cheapest plywood I could find, 1/4" luan held together with blue tape.
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Thank you all for your suggestions. I will follow up.

And yes, Craig, Red Raiders. You must be from here or nearby.
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And yes, Craig, Red Raiders. You must be from here or nearby.

My wife graduated from Massena and I went to Canton for college. Lots of her family is up there.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:33 PM   #9
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Another vote for Ram board.
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Ram board and have used masonite when heavy construction is going to happen.
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Thank you all for your input. Much appreciated!
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If its going to be a spell with a number of contractors herding through like roaming buffalo, 1/8" masonite taped together with gorrilla (or gaff) tape over plain brown paper works nicely Do NOT use red rosin paper. If you want, hold the masonite back a few inches from the walls to give the trim, drywall, painters, and other trades room to work.
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Thanks, Paul. Do the GC + his crew of three constitute a herd in a small house?
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It depends how mindful they are of the work of other trades.
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Paul: There are no other trades. In this very rural area, specialists are few and far between when they even exist. GC and crew do everything. So... it's just the four.
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