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Unread 11-27-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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Dimensional tiles over drywall fireplace facade


I am considering taking on a fireplace facade remodel project. I would like to mount 1' x 3' ceramic tiles over drywall with thin set on a fireplace facade that is 6' x 10'.

Do I need to install 1/4" concrete mesh board first for stability or can I simply mount the tiles over the drywall? I have tiled plenty of backslashes with a drywall substrate but was curious if overall stability and temperature might be an issue with the bonding of the tile.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 11-27-2013, 08:48 AM   #2
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If the drywall has been there a while and not lit on fire yet, I'd think its a pretty good indication you can tile to the drywall.

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is this a remodel? the framing new?

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Unread 11-27-2013, 08:50 AM   #3
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Welcome, Paul.

If your wall framing is adequate, your drywall properly attached and sufficiently flat, I see no reason you can't bond your tiles directly to the surface.

If you have a heat issue, you can't have the drywall there at all, so I'm not sure what your concern would be there. You have specific concerns with this fireplace installation?

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If the drywall is painted I would first scuff it up with some coarse sandpaper.
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