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Why able I getting Hairline Cracks in my Carrara Marble Shower?

ANSWER - Generally speaking cracks are either reflective cracking where the underlying substrate has a crack or separation and it telegraphs through the marble or there is structural cracking where the structure has excessive deflection…

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Why is water coming out of the grout on the side of our Shower?

ANSWER - From your photo the bottom edge of the wall tile where it is adjacent to the transition joint from the wall to the floor has efflorescence staining.  That suggests water is traveling from…

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Is it normal to have a granite countertop have cracks that continue through the stone?

ANSWER - The Natural Stone Institute, formally the Marble Institute of America, Dimension Stone Design Manual states that "Cracks occur in stones as a result of man-made mechanically induced stresses during handling, fabrication, transport, or…

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What has caused some tiles in my Ceramic Tile Floor to become Hollow Sounding and the Grout To Crack?

ANSWER -  Hollow sounds  on a ceramic tile isn't a defect in itself, but it can be a symptom of a defect depending on the circumstances.   If portions of a tile is hollow sounding or…

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What is the standard if a Stone Fabricator damages a slab and they can't find a matching replacement?

ANSWER -  It isn't clear from your description  exactly what the  conditions are, but generally speaking, if you have a countertop that is book-matched or if the veining is contiguous, and one of the slabs…

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How to install a Porcelain tile over an Elevator Floor?

ANSWER - Limestone isn’t so soft that it will crack easily.   The ASTM C568 standard for limestone breaks it down into low-density limestone, medium-density limestone and high-density limestone.  So limestone can be very durable. I…

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How can you determine the cause of Indent Fracturing in Natural Stone?

ANSWER - Indent fracturing in natural stone is due to some sort of shrinkage.  It could be excessively thick thin-set and/or too wet and rich mortar.  Also it could be due to the kind of underlying…

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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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What causes Stress Fractures or Indent Fractures in Natural Stone?

ANSWER - We have seen this condition in marble before.  They are referred to as indent fracturing or stress fracturing veins.

You said that the veins went all the way through the stone, the…

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Was the Shower Leak Repair done Correctly?

ANSWER - When there are tile failures generally it is never due to one deficiency, but rather due to multiple compounding deficiencies. First of all your grout should not crack.  If water that goes into…

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