Ceramic and Porcelain Tile failures Lippage Standards

Any Lippage Standard on Ceramic Tile Floor in California?

ANSWER - There are industry standards (ANSI A108.02-4.3.7-2005) that state that for tiles that are consistently sized the grout joints ¼” wide or more can not have any lippage greater than 1/16 inch.  If the…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile installation

Can I install new ceramic floor tiles over existing ceramic tile?

ANSWER - There is a lot to installing a tile correctly so I can only briefly answer your questions and give you references. You can install ceramic tile over properly prepared existing ceramic tile if…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks failures Grout

Cracks in Grout and breaking away in pieces

ANSWER - Cracking grout is a symptom that there is excessive movement in the tile. The excessive movement could be caused by too much deflection within the floor. The industry standard is that the deflection…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile selection Standards Testing

Is there astm testing or a report on using talavera tile?

ANSWER - Talavera tiles are typically glazed tile on a porous red body that is irregular in size with excessive warpage that doesn’t meet ANSI A137.1 standards. The products physical properties will vary depending on…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile selection Slip Resistance Testing

What is the criteria for specifying "slip resistant" ceramic floor tile?

ANSWER - Slip resistance is measured in different ways, and there is some controversy in terms of what is a true indication of a safe surface. Testing Background: The ASTM C1028 Static Coefficient of Friction…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning failures sealers

Have you heard of top layer peeling from ceramic tiles?

ANSWER - If there is something peeling from your ceramic tile, then there must have been a sealer applied to it. The glaze on a glazed ceramic tile will chip off, but not peel off.…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Floor Warming selection

Is Ceramic Tile a Good Choice for Sunrooms?

ANSWER - Ceramic tile is perfect for sunrooms so you can benefit from the energy saving passive solar effect (Winter time allows sun to shine on the floor and absorb heat, then it is released…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile failures installation

What kind of thinset would you recommend for Porcelain Tile. (non porous)

ANSWER - Porcelain Tile should be installed with a latex modified thin-set or a polymer modified thin-set. The Custom Marble Granite Mortar I believe is a polymer modified thin-set. For larger tiles 12x12 or larger…

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