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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Flood Leak stone

Will a Water Flood Damage my Tile or Stone?

ANSWER - You are right in that if the tile or stone was installed correctly with properly placed movement joints that the flood should not affect the tile. * If the tile wasn’t installed correctly…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Stains

How do I remove the Bleach Stain from my High Gloss Ceramic Tiles?

ANSWER - I will assume that you have a high gloss black glazed ceramic tile on your floor. High gloss black glazes on tiles are normally softer glazes that will scratch easy and etch easy.…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance sealers Stains

Why is our matte gray colored porcelain floor tile turning several shades darker?

ANSWER - Although by definition a porcelain tile is impervious, it can still get dirty.  Depending on what kind of texture the tile has on its surface and whether it has micro pores, as many…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Lippage Stains Wet Areas

Is spot bonding tile in showers an acceptable method of installing tile?

ANSWER - First of all, it is recommend per the industry standards the grout joint width should be at least 1/8" wide for larger tiles, and never less than 1/16" wide. Spot boding tile is…

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