Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Flood installation Movement Joints Tenting

Will the Cold Temperatures cause Tiles to Tent, and Will the insurance provide coverage for a tented tile floor?

ANSWER - Normally it isn't the cold that leads to a tile tenting, it is the higher temperatures or moisture that causes expansion in tiles that can lead to tile tenting if the tile wasn't…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers Movement Joints Squeaky Floors

Why is my ceramic tile making a Crackling Noise when I step on it?

ANSWER - I assume that the crackling noise that you are hearing can also be considered a squeaking sound that some say they hear on tile floors over wood sub-floors. Because you say that the…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers grout installation Repairs Showers Wet Areas

Are my tiles bonded properly in my Steam Shower?

ANSWER - First of all there is nothing wrong with using sanded grout as long as the grout joint width is 1/8" or wider.  There are some benefits to using an epoxy grout in terms…

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Backer Board Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Floor Warming Repairs

How do I remove Loose Tiles without Damaging the Floor Warming Wires?

ANSWER - The first question is why did the tiles come loose?  If installed correctly tiles should not come loose.  Once you remove the tiles to repair you can evaluate the conditions underneath to help…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Movement Joints stone Tenting

Does lack of expansion joints cause tiles to debond or tent?

ANSWER - Expansion joints are a type of movement joint.  Movement joints are meant to mitigate expected expansion and contraction movements within the tile assembly cased by temperature variations, moisture variations or from dynamic structural movements.…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Standards

Why is our porcelain tile debonding?

ANSWER - Considering it is a porcelain tile, I would think that the warped corners were that way when they were installed.   Porcelain tiles are not moisture sensitive and they would not be expected to…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Maintenance

Can a cleaner cause ceramic tile to become unbonded?

ANSWER - A ceramic tile floor should be able to withstand cleaning with water or any type of an appropriate grout cleaner. The cleaner itself normally can't cause the tile to become debonded.   If…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Glass Tile stone Tenting

What is the difference between Tile Debonding and Delaminated Tile and Tented Tile?

ANSWER - Whether it is stone tile or ceramic tile or porcelain tile or glass tile, if the tile becomes loose or unbonded, then we refer to that either as a tile that debonded or…

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Debonding Tile failures Movement Joints stone Tenting

What has caused my marble tiles to Tent up from the floor?

ANSWER - When there is a problem it is generally not due to one deficiency, but rather due to multiple deficiencies. Buckling marble tile or tenting marble tile is typically due to the marble is expanding…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures grout installation

Is Spot-Bonding Tile an Acceptable Installation Method?

ANSWERS - it is not acceptable to spot bond tiles on floors.  For residential dry area applications, tiles are suppose to have at least 80% thin-set contact with full support at all edges and corners.…

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