Expert Answers in Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Will a Salt Water Flood Damage my Tile?
ANSWER - Porcelain tile is impervious and cannot absorb more than 0.5% to meet the standards for a porcelain body tile. If the tile was installed correctly and if the substrate is not moisture sensitive,…Read More
What are the Sizing Tolerance Standards for Ceramic Tiles?
ANSWER - The manufacturing standards for ceramic tile (porcelain is a type of ceramic tile) in the USA are stated in ANSI A137.1 and ANSI A137.3 for Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs. All ceramic tiles will…Read More
Why is my Wood Looking Porcelain Tile Peeling?
ANSWER - I assume that the wood finish ceramic tile is a porcelain tile. I have seen a couple of cases where it appeared that the thin top layer of the wood looking tile was…Read More
How do I find a new Tile Installer to Fix or Complete my Tile Installation
ANSWER - It is very difficult to find a qualified tile installer to fix problems caused by another installer or to get them to complete an incomplete tile installation. The qualified installer doesn't want to…Read More
Why is my Tile Floor Making a Cracking Sound and lifting up?
ANSWER - If the tile is making a sound and lifting up or sinking down that would suggest that either there were voids under the tile and the tile was subjected to some sort of…Read More
What are the Industry Standards for Installing Tile and Stone?
ANSWER - Too often tile and stone installers don't follow industry standards because they have never been formally trained and don't know what are the standards. They generally have learn from others and assume those…Read More
Is it ok to Have Both Hardwood and Tile on the Floors of your House?
ANSWER - There is nothing wrong with having some rooms with hardwood flooring and other rooms with ceramic porcelain tile as I do in my house. You need to be careful about the transitions from…Read More
What do I do about the Missing Stair Nosing and Short Stair Tread?
ANSWER - There really isn't anything you can do about correcting the short stair treads as there is no stair nosing extending out over the edge of the stair riser. You really just need to…Read More
How thick should the Mortar Bed for a Shower Pan Floor in a Shower?
ANSWER - First of all, the way you construct a shower pan is to first apply a pre-sloped mortar bed to establish a slope to the drain of 1/4" per foot. You can float over…Read More
How do I replace my Spa Spillway Surface?
ANSWER - I assume you will remove the existing spillway. Assuming it is bonded to a mortar bed or to the gunite/shotcrete substrate, after removing the existing spillway, make sure you scarify it and it…Read More