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Replacing bathroom floor for the last time

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Q: We have had to replace the bathroom floor in our rental four times in the past 10 years because of leaking toilets or tenants who are not careful while showering or bathing. Each time we have had to repair the sub-floor and re-cover with vinyl. It has been recommended that we use ceramic tile because the water will not penetrate to the sub-floor. Do you agree or have any suggestions regarding this problem? A: It's time to replace your bathroom floor one more time--then forget about it. That means tile. You can cut the cost of installation by 75 percent by investing a day or two of your time and doing it yourself. It's not brain surgery and your rental is a great place to practice. There is no question that tile is the solution. In our experience, the chance of tub water causing damage to a properly installed tile floor is slim or none. Water from a leaky toilet is another matter. Regardless of the finished floor covering, a leaky seal under the bowl allows water to get at the sub...