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Old 10-13-2018, 09:11 PM   #1
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using thin porcelain tiles for flooring

Would like to know your opinion on using 8mm full body porcelain tiles
for flooring ( residential ) in 300X1200m sizes ?

Concrete floor with Ditra , would be installed on that with appropriate
ditra thinset .

I have asked about surface abrasive resistance which seems to be on par with their regular flooring surfaces ( since it's really polished porcelain and not a glazed surface ) but i am not sure about the impact of the total thickness
on regards to use as a floor.

I would personally tend to think that once the thinset cures, if the coverage is sufficient, the tiles would be just as tough as what's under it in this case concrete floor ..am i wrong to think that ?

thanks for your time
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:38 PM   #2
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At 8mm you're not actually into the realm of Thin Porcelain Tile Panels, but you're not as thick as some floor tiles.

The opinion of the tile manufacturer is the one you should be relying upon. Does the manufacturer indicate the tile for floor installation?

Does the tile meet the requirements of ANSI A137.1?

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...if the coverage is sufficient...
You'll want to note that in capital letters. Not the easiest thing to accomplish in a 1x4-foot tile.
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FWIW, a polished porcelain can be VERY slippery if it gets wet.

From some of the feedback I've heard (and it isn't a lot), tile 5mm has issues on a floor. 8mm, if installed properly, and it's not all that easy to get full coverage on a large tile without some different techniques, if designed for use on a floor, it should be okay.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:58 PM   #4
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Ok thanks for the info guys .. much appreciated.

Problem here is : China

hard to get facts from manufacturers

so i will not take any chances with that if they cannot assure me it is
said to be ok for flooring by some tests or certifications then



As for coverage, i know it can be quite hard on those sizes ... i will need to practice on all the other tiles before i get down on those, if i do!
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:14 AM   #5
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Full coverage is your friend. Get the floor 1/16 in 10 feet. Then use a euro notch trowel with lippage clips. Make sure the mortar is all combed the same direction.
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Not so sure I would do it over Ditra without knowing the properties of the tile. Fully supported is one thing, riding on air is another.
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It was my understanding that in the ditra, the recessions are link pillars that between the tile/thinset/flooring .. ?? so there is a % of unsupported area
but it should be very homogeneous ?


Euro notch trowel ?
care to link ? never heard about that locally at least!
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Yes, the pillars in the pockets of Ditra are what provide the support vertically.

https://www.contractorsdirect.com/TR...SAAEgL7tvD_BwE

They come in various sizes, like most any trowels. They still meter the thickness of the thinset, but because of the notches, instead of having voids between the ridges, they fall over, creating a more flat surface making it easier to get full coverage.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:34 AM   #9
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ahh nice! will give those a try for sure!

finally, i will be going with 9.5mm ( 3/8" ) floor tiles

do not wish to take a chance on the others since nobody was able to tell me
if they were designed or tested for floor use
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