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Old 05-24-2005, 04:23 PM   #1
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I just finished laying slate mosaic tile in my bathroom. I hope that their small size and the silicone I used for grour will prevent future cracking. Time will tell. For sanitary reasons, I also put arborite on the mini-walls around the toilet (vice the carpet someone had installed before). Has anyone else tried this flooring option?
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Old 05-24-2005, 04:32 PM   #2
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That really looks great! Nice job!

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Looks nice, but...

I would be concerned about the added weight...especially with a rear bath Sovereign. Did you happen to calculate how much weight was added?

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That looks wonderful! When you say silicone grout, do you mean you used silicone caulk, or is it a grout that contains silicone. Does it go on just like regular grout?
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I tiled the center bath in our 77 Sovereign. It took all of 5 sheets of tile 12X12 inches. Of course 60% of them had to be cut

I also used "silicone grout" What I used was one they sold to use as a sanded grout to use between the shower floor and wall. It came in a tube and stayed flexible.
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:39 PM   #6
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Thanks for the interest and questions regarding my flooring project. As for the "grout", I simply used "GE Silicone II 100% Silicone Light Grey for Concrete and Masonry" which came in the standard caulking tube. I found it best if I did all the lines running one direction first, let it set-up for an hour or so and then do the lines the other way. This way I ended up with a nice smooth layer of silicone between all the mini tiles. Regarding weight, my project did add 30 lbs (20 lbs in tile and 10 lbs in "Flexset" thinset) to the trailer; however, I feel this weight penalty was worth the return. I guess time will tell.
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I have a 96 30' classic, came with wall to wall carpet in the bath area. I am also thinking of a ceramic floor in the bath. See attached link, this is the material Airstream uses to lay ceramic in their motorhomes. It is supposed to allow for flex in the floor.
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Weren't the back ends reinforced by '76? I'd think that for such a small space, the weight addition wouldn't be exceptionally large (I was actually rather surprised at how heavy vinyl tile weighs--it's probably not much lighter). Plus, it's a bit offset by the light carpeting--and silicone is much lighter than grout.

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Looks great....but....over the years we have used many Silicone types. The problem I see is that as Andy has indicated the floor does flex - even when walking on most boards they will flex - silicone if flexed will eventually pull away from its adhesion point - and ANY moisture what so ever (air - humidity) will add to the problem - a silicon grout may have been a better choice. If it is stuck on their good with no flex then you might be looking at cracked tiles down the road.

We have laid tile many times and if not done correctly with some pretty serious non flex underlay you are going to run into issues sooner than later.

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