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Cantor’s Corner: Tile Installation Techniques

Gregg Cantor

Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

by Gregg Cantor Resident Pro, The Approved Home Pro Show 

President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel 

Today I want to educate you on quality tile installation. There are several different ways to set tile. I want you to know what is the right application, so you get the best value and many years of enjoyment out of your investment.

The 3 main types of tile installation are glue-on, cement board, and mud set.

Glue-on is the cheapest way to install tile. It’s just glued to drywall or green-board with mastic, which I never recommend.

The next installation is cement board, known as hardibacker or wonder-board. Cement board installation is better than glue-on, but still not recommended by me, because walls are not always straight and the board just follows.

The best installation method, the one I always recommend, is mud set. This type of installation is where walls are floated out with cement, which, when completed correctly, ensures flat surfaces. This allow the tile to finish and it will adhere better and hold up longer.