The Motley Fool Discussion Boards

Previous Page

Personal Finances / Building / Maintaining a Home


Subject:  Re: Tile floor now, add shower later? Date:  10/6/2012  11:58 AM
Author:  Goofyhoofy Number:  122443 of 137391

Looks like my best bet might be to just put really cheap ceramic in there right now

Cheap tile doesn't have to look cheap. I had four rooms done in my father's house when he was selling it, and I got very inexpensive tile at Home Depot which looked like a million bucks when done. (I hired the jobs done because I had just hurt my back and I couldn't spend that much time hunched over. The guy from HD did an excellent job, and was half the price of a "custom tile" place. I got 12x12, 6x6, 16x16, and 2x2 for the four different rooms. All different colors and textures, of course.)

and plan on just tearing it all up when I get ready to remodel,

It can cost almost as much to tear it up as to install, depending on the mastic and how it adheres to the subfloor (in your case concrete.) I'm told that sometimes it's easy. I've done it twice and it wasn't. You need a mostly (not perfectly) smooth base to lay another course, so there can be a lot of angst getting back to the base. (Unless you tile over tile; not recommended but I have done it without problem.)

Go to the store, buy one box of tile, come home, open the box carefully, lay out the tile on top of the floor that's there. Space them apart as though there was grout there, you'll get an excellent idea of what your bathroom will look like with 'cheap' tile. If it works, go buy more immediately (same dye lot.) Buy enough for the future, *including* another extra 10% because you may find a couple of broken tiles in the middle of a box two years from now, or somebody may drop a vase or soap holder and crack a tile already in place, so you want to have some repair materials.

If you don't like it, return the box and try again.

Copyright 1996-2018 trademark and the "Fool" logo is a trademark of The Motley Fool, Inc. Contact Us