Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Freeze-Thaw Pool and Spa Spalling

Why do my Pool Water Line Tiles have pits in them?

ANSWER - Being in the mountains and having your pool subjected to snow and freezing conditions would suggest that your pool waterline tiles are not freeze-thaw stable. Meaning that the tiles are porous enough that…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Inspections

What is causing my Porcelain Floor Tile to develop Blisters?

ANSWER - If in fact you have a glazed or unglazed porcelain tile that has developed blisters that is uncommon. Some ceramic tiles can be very porous, and some porous Mexican tiles are vary porous…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Moisture Problems sealers Stains

Why did the porcelain tile under my rugs turn dark?

ANSWER - Porcelain tile is not known to fade.  It is not uncommon to find that the tile color under rugs that have been in place a long time are a different color or shade. …

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Plywood Substrate Squeaky Floors

Why is my tile making noise when I step on them?

ANSWER - I am assuming that the tile was adhered directly to the plywood subfloor. he VersaBond LFT thin-set does meet ANSI A118.11 for bonding to exterior grade plywood substrates. If the tile feels solid,…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks Expert Answers failures grout Repairs

Why is our grout cracking and what can we do about it?

ANSWER - Grout can crack for a varied of reasons, and it might be because of a combination of different deficiencies. First of all, not manufacturer of grout would recommend mixing non-sanded grout with sanded…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Free Tile and Stone Installation Guidelines installation Installation Installation Guidelines Installation Products - Adhesives Standards

What do we need to consider when installing 18x18 inch tiles on walls?

ANSWER - First of all you need to make sure that the substrate to which you will be adhering the tiles are suitable for the application.  In bathrooms you want to use materials that are…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles Movement Joints Repairs Tenting

What should I do about my tile floor that made a crackle sound and become hollow sounding?

ANSWER - There is a good chance your tile floor has tented.  This is a condition when the tile is installed without resilient movement joints at the perimeters of the rooms, and then the tile…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles

Can we Install Vinyl Plank Flooring over Existing Ceramic Tile?

ANSWER - The finish material installed over the existing tile floor is only as good as the tile floor.   If the tile floor is installed well, doesn't have excessive moisture migrating up through the tile…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Maintenance sealers

How do I get my Porcelain Tile to have a Wet Look?

ANSWER - There are sealers called enhancers.  They are normally penetrating sealers used on natural stone products to give them a wet look.  They are breathable sealers.  There is a product called Miracle 511 Seal…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles Repairs

Is it effective to remove voids under tiles with an Adhesive Injection system

ANSWER -  Spot bonding tiles leaving voids under tiles that produce hollow sounds is not an acceptable tile installation method in the industry. Over the years when I have seen attempts to inject epoxy liquids…

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