By the time I had finished reading Karl's comment, my head was spinning and there was a sinking feeling in my stomach. I read the comment out loud to the Husband from my phone and the sinking feeling intensified as I saw him nod all the way through.
Karl is right.
It was good to get his thoughts on the larger size of tile. After all, we had no experience with them, so would have discovered the bowing only when we started to lay them. But, more importantly, I hadn't even thought about the problem of laying tile on wood.
These are the landings onto which tile was going. One is a wood platform. The lower landing is poured concrete. While the concrete wouldn't have been a problem, the wood is a different story. Wood moves. It contracts and expands with humidity and cold. It gives with the weight of bodies and shifts under the pressure of heavy objects.
Tiles don't give. Tiles crack.
So, what did we do?
It looks like tile. It's even been grouted. But it's not ceramic. Or slate. Or marble.
I say vinyl and I have images of the layers of old linoleum we pulled up from the kitchen floor or the yellowed kitchen floor in my grandmother's house. Cheap and peeling. Not the feel I want for my mudroom. But, I'm happy with these. They mimic ceramic tile and were groutable to make the illusion complete. But the don't crack, won't crack. I can step on them and feel the wood beneath them move without worrying that those flexible tiles will crack and break.
And, I love the way they look, the way they immediately make the space feel that much closer to finished. I know we've taken a bit of a risk. After all, they may peel. They may shift and begin to look worn and old well before their time. But I think I'm will to accept that risk. We'll see how long they last.
Have you ever used groutable peel and stick vinyl tiles for anything? Have you been happy with them or ultimately disappointed?