Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles Repairs

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…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Grout Installation Guidelines Showers Standards Waterproofing Workmanship

How do we determine what caused our Tile Shower to Fail?

ANSWER - You are asking a lot that can't be answered without performing a forensic inspection to determine what is causing the failures.  I can make some general statements that may or may not apply…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers failures Repairs Tile Trim

What would cause Porcelain Tile Bullnose edges to Peel?

ANSWER - Porcelain tiles are not likely to peel considering they are very dense tiles.  Although you say the tile is Carrara Marble look and the edges are white.  Manufacturers use the ink jet technology…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance sealers

How can I keep my Porcelain Floor Tile from giving off a Dirt that doesn't come clean?

ANSWER - A true porcelain tile will not degrade or bleed that would cause a residue on the surface of the tile that would transfer to your socks.   Porcelain tile is very dense and fired…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Installation Guidelines Installation Products - Adhesives Motor Home - Trailer Home Remodeling

What products do I use to install tile in my Travel Trailer Home - Motor Home?

ANSWER - To determine what adhesive to use to install a time you need to determine what is the substrate.  You need to know what type of tile you are going to install.  In Trailer…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers sealers

Can I seal a Saltillo Terra Cotta tile with a Sealer that won't change its appearance?

ANSWER - There are sealers called penetrating sealers that seal the tile but doesn't change the appearance of the tile. These is a product called Miracle 511 Impregnator Porous Plus meant for high absorbing tiles…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Installation Guidelines Showers Standards Steam Showers Waterproofing

Is it a problem if Schluter Ditra is installed on the walls of a Steam Shower?

ANSWER - Based on the Schluter literature, although they only show floor applications, they don't say it is only for floors. The Ditra is waterproof if installed correctly for waterproofing.  It does have a key…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Efflorescence Staining Expert Answers installation Installation Guidelines Moisture Problems Remodeling Vapor Barrier Waterproofing

What should we do if there is evidence that there is high Moisture coming up our Concrete Slabs?

ANSWER - Carpet might be allowing the moisture to evaporate through it, but as dirty as carpets get you could develop some microbial growth in the carpet.  Adding more carpet doesn't solve or prevent problems.…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Grout Haze Ink Jet Glazed Tile Maintenance Repairs

Why do my Plank Floor Tiles have a Haze or have Lost its Color?

ANSWER - Tiles should not lose their color from cleaning.  There are a lot of variables to consider.  First what kind of tile is it and how was it manufactured.  I will assume it is…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Grout installation

Why hasn't my grout harden?

ANSWER - If you are using a cementitious grout it should harden.  If you used too much water in mixing the grout and/or too much water in cleaning the grout during the installation of the…

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