Tile floor? Good? Bad?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AnKa, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. AnKa

    AnKa Out Of The Brooder

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    I have leftover ceramic tile and I actually enjoy tiling floors. Can you see a downside to putting tile as floor in the chicken coop?
    The ones I have are not super slippery, they're more terracotta-like with little 'dimples'.
     
  2. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
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    Why don't you run some tile heating wire underneath and have the ultimate Roman spa heated coop floor?? [​IMG]
     
  3. chickenkate

    chickenkate Out Of The Brooder

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    As long as the tile is installed well, and your chickens can't pick at it, it should be fine.[​IMG]
     
  4. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
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    And when you're finished, my address is . . .

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  5. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, are you going to put down the WonderBoard too? Maybe a nice colorful chicken Mosaic? What color grout? Maybe a nice Saltillo with Delorean Grey grout? Just kidding.

    The only drawback I could see coming is if you put it over wood sub floor, sooner or later, moisture is going to get through the grout and deteriorate the wood. Straight over concrete, it should last forever.

    I like tile too. Like getting to make your own jigsaw puzzle.
     
  6. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I personally wouldn't. I have tile on concrete n my basement, once it got wet from a leaking freezer it all lifted...and the grout will be a real chore to keep the germs out of. But it sure would look great!
     
  7. NRacine

    NRacine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We tiled the floor of our coop and a 4" up the walls. I used the cheap glazed ceramic tiles, I imagine if yours are porous you will want to seal them. I sealed the grout so it doesn't get super gross. We keep a good layer of wood shavings over it so it's not slippery. It's over plywood and haven't had any problems yet, but it's only been one winter so far. As soon as it warms up I'll do a good spring cleaning to see how well the poo comes off. I say go for it, if you hate it, you can always smash it out and do something else!
     
  8. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wrong thinset was used. You can tile swimming pools and thats a pretty harsh application. Grout additive are available to make you grout almost waterproof, or, epoxy based grout.
     
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    YOu could tile a cement slab floor, but *why*, it works just fine 'nekkid' (with bedding on of course).

    If you try to tile anything else, like a raised wooden floor, I will betcha anything at all, you name it, that within a year, two at the most, probably more like 6 months, possibly 6 weeks, it is all cracking apart. You *could* build the floor, floor joists, and building foundation so solidly that it will not move (like a well built house) but WHY [​IMG]

    So, while I don't see anything wrong with tile per se (seal the grout real well, and don't have the grout lines very deep!) I don't see that it would be a particularly sensible thing to use in a coop.

    You like tiling, come up here, I can occupy you a while, I *hate* it [​IMG]

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  10. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Tile is purdy!
     

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