Expert Answers in Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
What are these Shadow Needle Shapes on my Porcelain tile?
ANSWER - With your description it is hard to determine exactly what is the condition. It could be intend fractures. That is when there is excessive shrinkage and it causes intents in the tile that…Read More
Can moisture in a Concrete Floor cause the Thin-set Adhesive to Deteriorate and result in Hollow and Tented Tiles?
ANSWER - Thin-set mortars should not deteriorate from being exposed to moisture. Most thin-set mortars are used in showers and in pools and fountains. Moisture that migrates into the concrete slab from the ground and…Read More
Can I use Organic Mastic in Showers?
ANSWER - There is a type 1 and a type 2 organic mastic. Type 1 mastic is more water resistant, but only suitable for limited water exposure. Using the mastic on the kitchen backsplash is…Read More
Why is my Unsanded Grout Cracking and how do I fix it?
ANSWER - There are many reasons why a grout will crack and come loose. Unsanded grout is recommended for grout joints 1/8" wide down to 1/16" wide. Sanded grout is recommended for grout joints that…Read More
Will Sealing a Saltillo Tile prevent the White Efflorescence Staining?
ANSWER - Sealing a Saltillo tile doesn't waterproof the tile. Sealing the tile only makes it moisture resistant. A sealer should help to minimize the white efflorescence staining, but it may or may not stop…Read More
Can I adhere Tile to a Stucco Wall?
ANSWER - You should never adhere anything to a stucco finish on a wall. The stucco is typically a cementitous material with a low amount of cement that makes it relatively weak. You should remove…Read More
Is it required to have a Waterproof Membrane under a Floor Tile Installation in a Mud Room, Laudry Room or in a Bathroom floor
ANSWER - It depends on what type of mat was used over the plywood on whether it is an acceptable installation method. Although it would be ideal to install a waterproof membrane in areas that…Read More
Why is by Exterior Covered Deck Tile Backer Board Installation Causing Tile to Crack?
ANSWER - Normally when you get cracking over a suspended floor following the joints of the tile backer board that the tile was bonded to, it is due to a combination of excessive deflection in…Read More
How do I remove the Dull Appearance of my Tile Floor
ANSWER - I doubt that you have a glazed porcelain tile floor. A glazed tile is a tile with a glass-like coating on the surface that can't be altered unless you have abused it in…Read More
How do I keep the Hairline Cracks in my Ceramic Tiles from Getting Worse?
ANSWER - Normally when there are hairline cracks going continuously through a number of tiles including the grout joint, it suggests that there might be a crack i the substrate below it that is telegraphing…Read More