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We're wanting to install ceramic tile in our bedrooms. Is the orange underlayment necessary, or what exactly is required?

After looking at many installation videos and reading various articles, we are a bit undecided as to what would be the best method.

Asked by Mike Williams
Posted May 16, 2014 2:10 AM ET

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Mike,
Are you hiring a tile contractor, or doing the work yourself? I imagine that you are thinking of installing the tiles on the floor rather than the walls -- right?

If you are new to tile work, and intend to do the work yourself, be aware that there are many pitfalls -- so it's important to be sure you know what you are doing.

For more information on tile backerboard, I recommend this Fine Homebuilding article: Tile Backerboard Options.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted May 16, 2014 6:12 AM ET

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Mike, what is the subfloor?
Where are you located?
More is needed to know about the home and the project.
Tile size
type of tile
and more.

If you have a plywood subfloor that is over joists, for far less problems with cracked tiles you would install a backerboard or the orange product either one. Schluter makes the orange product. You have to follow their directions well and not use the wrong thinset to lay the Schluter and then the proper thinset to lay the tile.

You will find the process easy if you are mechanically inclined, but if you are not, and find tools to be foreign objects, fo get bout it and hire it out.

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Answered by aj builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a
Posted May 16, 2014 10:35 AM ET

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