We are redoing our basement. In some areas (bathroom and laundry room) I plan on putting tile down. The basement is dry and level. Can I attach the tile directly to the basement floor?
1What kind of tile? Vinyl, ceramic, etc?– TomGOct 12, 2011 at 2:38
Probably ceramic (12x12 or similar), something that can take foot traffic and is not too costly because it is just a basement.– Jon RaynorOct 12, 2011 at 16:35
1You may want to consider installing an in-floor heating system to keep the floor warm in the winter.– RSMoserOct 12, 2011 at 17:34
@RSMoser - Good idea, although I am trying to keep costs down. There is baseboard heating installed already in the main room (which will be the kids playroom), but not in the bathroom.– Jon RaynorOct 12, 2011 at 19:01
@JonRaynor: We have a small baseboard in our bathroom and just always keep the door closed. If i could have floor heating, I would.– Jake BergerNov 19, 2011 at 20:42
Yes you can - and even if the floor is slightly irregular, your application of thinset can even the top layer and make it nice and solid and true.
Here's an example - my own basement (not done by me - in fact about to be removed by me - but still...)
I don't see why not.
It would be worth sealing the concrete to make it waterproof where you are going to tile, particularly as you are making a bathroom and laundry room where there'll be a high risk of water spillage.
Schluter Systems recommends using DITRA between the concrete and tile, but of course they sell DITRA, so they are not impartial.
Yes you can, I would add a modifier to the thinset (instead of water) to make it flexible and bond well.