Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-17-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
Bus Geek
 
lornaschinske's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Roswell, NM
Posts: 3,587
Year: 1986
Coachwork: BlueBird
Chassis: 40 ft All American FE
Engine: 8.2LTA Fuel Pincher DD V8
Rated Cap: 89
Re: Who here has tiled their floors?

My Dad was a tile setter for 50 years. David & I have laid ceramic tile (among other things) for about 20 yrs. So I might know a little bit about tile...

Slate (like marble) is a fragile tile. It tends to separate in layers, unlike marble which will crack along the "veining". Travertine is also a bad choice for a floor that flexes (like a plywood substrate... or a bus). You can buy a porcelain tile that looks like slate but will hold up much better. Porcelain tile is a tough tile. To lay tile on a flexible floor, you need to use a tile adhesive that states it is for a flexible floor such as plywood. Grouts can have an admix (for flexibility) added to it... others have it added already... Sell the slate and buy a good ceramic tile (6X6, 8X8, or 10X10... no larger... I personally would not go larger than 8X8... others would disagree).

PolyBlend
http://www.custombuildingproducts.co...er=diy&lang=en

http://www.homedepot.com/Flooring-Ti...atalogId=10053

Laticrete --- Laticrete went thru a phase of their products failing. I do not know if they have fixed this problem or not. We tended to use the PolyBlend materials more often as we liked the way the grout handled... in other words, I can grout a floor in faster with PolyBlend than the Laticrete. I also like the PolyBlend grout colours better. But that is subjective... I like to work Wilsonart brand plastic laminate over Formica brand. Others would disagree.
http://www.laticrete.com/homeowners/...ed_mortar.aspx

http://www.lowes.com/pd_255412-73069...rea1-_-31113_5
__________________
This post is my opinion. It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.
Fulltime since 2006
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Zeno (335BC-264BC)
http://lorndavi.wordpress.com/blog/
http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/s...ps0340a6ff.jpg
lornaschinske is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2010, 03:55 PM   #2
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: New Braunfels, TX
Posts: 56
Year: 1987
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: City Bird
Engine: DT570
Rated Cap: 15
Re: Who here has tiled their floors?

In JBIV, I used 6x6 porcelain tile, that looked like slate, on a good v-troweled thinset bed (I used Bostik 2200TS, a transportation-grade adhesive). This adhesive provides a tough, flexible bond ("tenacious bond" per the specification sheet). Also, it doesn't break unless stetched about 200%. Originally, JBIV had 12x12 ceramic without a good thinset bed, so the large size and lack of distributed support resulted in many cracked tiles.

In the current install, I have just seen the first 2 tiles crack after 7 months, but it is apparently the result of someone really stomping the hell out of one (while the other had a corner cutout). Even so, it is difficult to see the cracks. So difficult to see the cracks, that I'm not worried about replacing them, indefinitely. I tested one tile before installing them by wedging it under the jacuzzi that I had just removed, and lifted the jacuzzi up, and the tile didn't break or crack. So, as said in an earlier post by lornaschinke, porcelain is very tough.

I wouldn't do natural slate if I were you. Very brittle stuff.
skylinelimo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2010, 05:30 PM   #3
Bus Geek
 
lornaschinske's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Roswell, NM
Posts: 3,587
Year: 1986
Coachwork: BlueBird
Chassis: 40 ft All American FE
Engine: 8.2LTA Fuel Pincher DD V8
Rated Cap: 89
Re: Who here has tiled their floors?

Quote:
Originally Posted by PURA VIDA
Lorna,
...what about using slate or marble or granite for a backsplash in the kitchen or bathroom of the bus? And what do you think about using wood flooring (tongue and groove)...
I think that granite, marble (especially that tumbled garbage) & slate are highly over rated. Like I said, go with a porcelain tile or a mosaic if you must have marble/slate. As for a real wood floor... I love a wood floor. That is what we want in the bus. Unfortunately, I will be stuck with plain plywood decking for a while. We will just be converting the bus to the point to where we can move into it. I only have a few months to do this plus I also have to do some work on the Class C... my daughter gets it and it needs work before we leave out of NM at the end of August. PLUS I really need to build a mobile kitchen before we leave NM. Somehow I think I will run out of time. I can do some work while in a campground. I've done "stealth remodeling" in campgrounds before.
__________________
This post is my opinion. It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.
Fulltime since 2006
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Zeno (335BC-264BC)
http://lorndavi.wordpress.com/blog/
http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/s...ps0340a6ff.jpg
lornaschinske is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Floors bus-bro Conversion General Discussions 1 04-08-2013 11:57 AM
Access Panel below tiled hearth... thommassey Conversion General Discussions 2 01-21-2013 10:04 PM
floors and walls jjhomeonewheels Conversion General Discussions 10 12-01-2012 09:01 AM
Removing Floors pipsqueek Conversion General Discussions 3 10-04-2010 01:51 PM
Bus floors/plumbing wmah Conversion General Discussions 0 08-14-2006 07:15 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.