Installing tile backsplash over bead board

Old 02-07-14, 09:06 AM
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Installing tile backsplash over bead board

Hello everyone : )

I am installing subway tiles over the existing bead board in my 1906 house. Please don't tell me I have to remove the bead board first. This is not a previous backsplash; this is what the walls of the kitchen (ceiling too) are made of. There is nothing but insulation behind it.

Ok, so my question is: can I install directly over the bead board or will this be an issue with the tongue and groove moving/stretching at different temperatures? And should I use green board or cement board underneath? The sink area is over 2 feet from any countertop or backsplash tile I will be installing, so I am not worried about splashing (there is a huge window behind the sink and drain boards on either side).

Some of this tile will be behind the stove. Do I need a different backing here due to high temps?

Thanks in advance for any assistance you guys can offer!

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Old 02-08-14, 07:59 AM
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How thick is the bead board? Usually, you would want some sort of buffer between wood and tile. On flooring, either Cement backer board or other uncoupling membrane is used. If it was me, I would remove the bead board and install cement backer. Otherwise, you will have to add 1/2" cement board and use a mud cap to finish.

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