(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Bathroom Tiling

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member viennamicro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Vienna, WV

    Default Bathroom Tiling

    Planning to tile my bathroom floor and walls.

    Very basic question, should I start with the floor or the walls?

  2. #2
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    New England


    Before even that, have you checked the floor structure to verify it is strong enough for tile? It's often easier to tile the floor then the walls because you don't have to be as neat with the tile cuts at the walls - the wall tile will cover those. Note, do not tile to the wall, leave a (small) gap and do NOT grout it. The tile needs some room to expand. If you want to avoid caulk at the joint there, www.schluter.com makes some expansion joints designed for wall/floor transitions. Then, it doesn't matter which goes first, since each edge needs to be visible.

    Check out www.johnbridge.com for tiling help.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

  3. #3
    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona


    If the floor is not adequate for tile, do you even want to walk into the room? The weight of the tile is evenly distributed over the entire area, but YOUR weight is concentrated at your two feet.

  4. #4
    Nuclear Engineer nukeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009


    The problem is not the weight of the tile, but the fact that tile doesn't like movement. If the floor is not solid enough, the deflection will cause the tile/grout to crack.

    I agree that the OP should check out johnbridge.com (lots of good info on the subject and very helpful people).

Similar Threads

  1. Basement Bathroom Tiling Installation Questions
    By mrmichaeljmoore in forum Remodel Forum & Blog
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-16-2010, 06:14 AM
  2. Tiling in New Tub
    By 1923 in forum Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-30-2008, 10:39 PM
  3. tiling floor in new bathroom
    By GaryD in forum Remodel Forum & Blog
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-11-2007, 05:02 PM
  4. Tiling around bathroom light switches
    By BJW in forum Remodel Forum & Blog
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-07-2006, 06:26 AM
  5. Tiling over mosaic bathroom floor query
    By et5 in forum Remodel Forum & Blog
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-17-2005, 06:09 PM

Tags for this Thread


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts