Tile And Drywall

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Can I install bathroom or decorative tile directly onto drywall?

Tile And Drywall

So you've got your tile tools, your bathroom drywall is hung, and you are contemplating installing tile directly onto the drywall. Newcomers researching this will soon learn there are two schools of thought. The first is that you should never install tile onto drywall, ever, as it's considered too heavy or a liability because of movement and cracking. The other school of thought says "go right ahead, but use small, light tiles, and the best mortar, grout, etc. you can find". Your best solution may be to replace the drywall sections you plan to tile with cement board if you have anything beyond a small amount of decorative tile to install. If you do install tile onto drywall, be certain the room is very dry beforehand.



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