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Old 03-13-2014, 12:31 PM   #1
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Low cost, Great looking moderan Tile Couter tops.

As a contractor, I have installed close to 200 counter tops over the last 5 years. I don't use cement board, or mortar beds anymore, as they are a out dated, less effective systems.

These are the systems I use. After completing a install yourself, you will love this system.

This first video still uses ply wood as a sub strait. Schluter®-DITRA uncoupling membrane is installed on top of the plywood to protect the tile covering from expansion and contraction, and water proofs the surface to protect the plywood below from water infiltration.


This system eliminates the wood all together, eliminating the chance of water infiltration causing mold.
The Schluter KERDI-BOARD is available in thickness from 1/2" to 2". The 2" is what is used as counter top substrait.
This system is more suitable for bus installations due to the weight savings, and vibration resistance.


IMO best tiles to use are a high gloss, polished porcelain tile, as it is the hardest of the man made, sealed products.
My favorite size are the 24 x24, and the 12 x24. This looks amazing with few grout lines.

I could do a video, but I feel it's pointless due to how well the manufactures video's are made.

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Old 04-08-2014, 07:21 PM   #2
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Is this something only available up north? I checked Lowes & Home Depot & couldn't locate it. I'm in California
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:07 PM   #3
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Is this something only available up north? I checked Lowes & Home Depot & couldn't locate it. I'm in California
You may have to ask for it.

Only the biggest stores here carry it. The rest it's special order, but still the same cost.

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Old 04-17-2014, 10:29 PM   #4
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Re: Low cost, Great looking moderan Tile Couter tops.

Thanks for the videos, I'm curious as to how light the Kerdi-board is, what kind of weight savings are you looking at compared to what most people would use?
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for the videos, I'm curious as to how light the Kerdi-board is, what kind of weight savings are you looking at compared to what most people would use?
Schluter KERDI-BOARD is Styrofoam with fiberglass cloth on both sides. It weigh's almost nothing.

Conventional would be 2 sheets of 3/4 plywood, or a mortar bed, or 3/4 plywood and 1/2 inch cement board. All are really really heavy.

I would say 10% or less of the other products.

This is the 1/2 inch version. 2 inch is special order at my store.

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/kerdi-b ... nd-/824220

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Old 04-18-2014, 03:48 AM   #6
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wow, sounds great, much appreciated!
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Is this something only available up north? I checked Lowes & Home Depot & couldn't locate it. I'm in California
You may have to ask for it.

Only the biggest stores here carry it. The rest it's special order, but still the same cost.

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If you go to the website and punch in you zip, you'll get the local dealers within 110 mile radius.

Info very much appreciated by this neophyte skoolie, Nat.
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Your welcome folks. Glad to help.

I hope to see some pics in a build other than mine one day.

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Hey Nat,
At home I have Corian counter tops that are self supporting. That is, there is no backer board--the Corian is glued (with Silicone caulk) to the vertical edges of the cabinets themselves. I'm wondering if a Corian-type product (including Sile Stone, etc.) can be installed the same way in a bus, or if additional support is required due to motion and frame flex. Your comments?
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At home I have Corian counter tops that are self supporting. That is, there is no backer board--the Corian is glued (with Silicone caulk) to the vertical edges of the cabinets themselves. I'm wondering if a Corian-type product (including Sile Stone, etc.) can be installed the same way in a bus, or if additional support is required due to motion and frame flex. Your comments?
As long as the cabinets are rigid enough, it will be fine mounted the same way.

Most bus counter tops are small anyhow, so flex would be minimal.

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