Tiling floor in front of fireplace
My contractor is to lay some tile in front of the fireplace in the addition
he's contructing for us. The tile will be surrounded by wood floor that is
3/4" thick, and I want the tile to be flush with the floor. Is it OK to use
1/4" cement board under the tiles?
My contractor wants to use 1/2" cement board as underlayment, however, the
tiles will not be level with the wood floor. I asked about using 1/4"
backer board, and he said he doesn't recommend it, he said he prefers the
strength of the 1/2". Just so happens he has excess 1/2" material too...
The tiles are 24"x24" porcelain, and there will be three in front of the
fireplace. The subfloor is 3/4" plywood over joists. Since the fireplace
is flush with the wall the tiles will also be against the wall, and its an
outer wall, so the tiles are right above the foundation as well.
Any downside to using the 1/4" board under the tiles?
I had 6 house built over the years. Never recall using 1/2" stuff. 5/8"
or 7/8". Can't you sort of frame the tiled area?
Our contract built a flush frame from the wood flooring, and it sure would
look nice if it were all level and flush. We could use thicker cement board
and have a second frame made to surround the tile. I'd rather not if we
don't have to however. Thanks!