ceramic tile or terazzo on concrete floor


Old 08-17-01, 07:10 AM
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I want to replace the carpeting in the entrance area (and around the perimeter of the family room (basement). My questions:
1. Would Ceramic Tile or Terazzo be the best used?
2. I used ceramic tile in the bathroom with a (waterproof) mixture. I did a skim coat and another coat which I used as the adhesive. Is there a product out there that will work for this application?
3. I watched a TV program where they used a regular mortor mix for an outside barbeque. Would the mortar work for this application? (Would the mortar level the floor and keep the tiles from cracking?

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Old 08-19-01, 10:52 AM
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Hi Don,

Terrazzo is not a weekend warrior project -- lots of equipment and expertise.

Tile is generally installed with dry set mortar, aka thinset. Thin set will fill small depressions but is not meant as a leveler per se. For that you might use a self-leveling concrete.

If I knew what type of subfloor you want to go over, I could be a little more specific.
Old 08-20-01, 04:30 AM
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John Bridge.

Hi, John. Thanks for your response.
The tile in the family room would be directly to concrete.
The entrance would be over plywood.

Old 08-21-01, 07:07 PM
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If the concrete's in good shape you can lay tiles to it using modified thin set mortar. Home Depot sells Versa Bond.

Over the wood you should use cement backer board. If you search around this board you'll find a bunch of references to cement backer (CBU).

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