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Unread 05-30-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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Brick Floor Tile

I'm trying to help out my friend with some tile. He has 1/2 inch "brick" that he wants to use as floor tile. It seems to be made like a brick but it is only 1/2 inch thick. He wants it in the bathroom, front entry and back mud room.

Q 1. Is there a problem using these brick tiles for flooring?

In the bathroom he has 3/4 ply over 3/4 planks wihc is currently even with the kitchen. He would like to have as little build up as possible.

Q2. Can he put these directly on the ply, use ditra or cement board?

For the other sections of floor, I was recommending at least 1 1/8 sub floor and then 1/4 cement board.

Q3. Can I use less than 1 1/8 if I use ditra?

I think that the deflection is less of an issue in this case because he is a welder and jacked up his house so the entire house has a framework of steel i-beams running underneath it. It is really a sight to see.

Thanks again.
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Unread 05-30-2006, 07:20 PM   #2
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If it's actual brick or split brick, it makes a great floor.

I nstalled several areas of Old Chicago split brick in a house with the diagonal lumber subfloor and oak strip finish floor. I took out the subfloor and built a heavy joist system. I installed the brick in a mud bed and grouted it all in the same operation so it's flush with the hardwood flooring. The mud is directly on 3/4" plywood. The tile police hate that method but it worked for me.

In my application, deflection was not an issue due to the substructure and seasonal movement, if there is any, hasn't affected it. Thirteen years later, it's all still perfect.

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