Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Movement Joints Squeaky Floors

Why is my Tile Floor Squeaking?

Answer:   If I understand you correctly, the wood sub-floor was squeaking before you installed the tile over it.   That means that the plywood sheets were not solid and there were weak spots on them.  Screwing…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Leak Moisture Problems Repairs

Will French Drains around my house stop Ground Water from Seeping through My Tile Grout?

ANSWER - If in fact you have ground water migrating up through your concrete slab and up through the porous tile grout joints, installing French drains around the perimeter of your house could divert the…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile installation Squeaky Floors Waterproofing

Why are our Tile Floors Squeaking?

ANSWER - Squeaky tile floors normally mean that either the wood sub-floor under the tiles is not stable in those spots or wasn't fastened down properly. When you install tile over tile the new tile…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Flood installation Leak Moisture Problems selection

What kind of Tile Should I install over my concrete slab that has high moisture readings?

ANSWER - I assume you had a water leak of some sort that resulted in your concrete slab having a high level of moisture.  If that is the case, then you should let the slab…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Standards

Are there standards for which direction and off-set a Porcelain Wood Plank Tile should be Installed?

ANSWER -  The ANSI A108.02 standards state that any tile being installed in a running bond/staggered/off-set pattern where the side being offset is greater than 15 inches, the offset pattern will be a maximum of…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Installation Guidelines

How do we install tile over an aluminum substrate?

ANSWER - In the past we would always use an ANSI A118.3 epoxy adhesive to bond to steel floors in freezers and elevators.  The steel would have to be scarified and cleaned first.  Then grout…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Flood Repairs

Are my Saltillo Tiles that were submerged in 2 feet of Water Salvageable?

ANSWER - Mexican Saltillo tiles are unglazed tiles that are very porous, although they are normally sealed that will help resist moisture saturation.  Often sealers are not reapplied regularly as they should so the sealer's…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles

Should I be concerned about 2 Hollow Sounding Tiles?

ANSWER - According to industry standards having hollow sounding tile is not a defect in itself.  Although a hollow sounding tile can be a symptom of a defect.

A tile having a hollow sound could…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers grout Installation Guidelines Movement Joints Standards Workmanship

Are there Tolerance Standards for Grout or Caulking Joint Width Variation?

ANSWER - You are correct to install caulked movement joints at the perimeters and inside vertical corners of the tile installation.  Caulk should be an ASTM C920 silicone sealant per TCNA EJ171 standards.

The ceramic…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Flood Leak

Could my Mexican Tile be damaged from water coming up through Grout Joints?

ANSWER - Whether or not the Mexican tile was installed correctly with properly placed movement joints the water coming up through your grout joints may or may not affect the performance of the tile.

The…

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