ceramic tile on a deck


Old 05-31-07, 10:12 AM
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ceramic tile on a deck

I am in the process of screening in my deck. Can I install ceramic tile on the deck AFTER I lay backer board? I know to use exterior-rated tile with a textured or non-glazed surface.
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Old 05-31-07, 05:35 PM
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Welcome to the forums Dave

You can install the cement board and lay tile. The biggest problem you might run into is a lot of times deck framing isn't as hefty as house framing. Often the floor joist size is smaller due to a lighter load. If the floor joists are under sized you may have problems with the tile/grout cracking
Old 05-31-07, 06:01 PM
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I second Mark's statement. I had a lady call me to install cbu for a future tile job. I told her the framing should be boosted to handle the load and keep it from cracking. She declined to do that, and I declined to do the job. She had someone else do it, tile installed and it cracked terribly. Just one of those satisfying told ya so incidents.

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