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Unread 01-03-2019, 02:51 PM   #1
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Ryan's Laundry Tile Reno

Hi All,

I am redoing the tile in our laundry room. It's a small 90sqft room. When removing the existing tile I noticed some of the existing thinset was quite dark compare to the other areas, maybe like it is damp. There is no standing water and I haven't had any issues in the just over year I've been in this house. Is this something to be concerned about or normal?

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Unread 01-03-2019, 04:21 PM   #2
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Ryan, if you're redoing this area it's worth considering making the floor waterproof, installing a floor drain and slightly pitching the floor towards that drain. It's good insurance against potential leaks.
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Do you have any pictures to show what it looked like?
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Was the darker thinset area near where you might expect a water leak to run to? Did the thinset dry and change colors as you gave it time after being exposed to fresh air?

In my shower remodel, I saw that the mortar bed was still damp after us not using the shower for quite a while before we started the project. It dried up and changed color just a bit once I gave it a few days exposed out from under the tile.
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You can kind of see the color variation in this one. It dried up after and after it dried I never saw any dampness on the foundation so I just ended up tiling over it. Hope it ok 😁!
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Unread 01-18-2019, 12:38 PM   #6
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Just wanted to follow up and say I did spectralock epoxy grout in this project and am in love with it, maybe not the price but the grout is amazing. It wasn't as hard to work with and clean as I expected. The end texture is perfect and I never have to worry about it. I've done flexcolor cq on many projects in the past and actually liked working with spectralock better.

Anyway for those debating spectralock or not, give it a go!

It will be a tough decision for future projects if I am willing to pay the extra for spectralock vs flexcolor or other similar grouts
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