Debonding Tile Exterior failures Moisture Problems

Why is my Exterior Deck (balcony) Leaking?

ANSWER - Tiles whether ceramic tiles or natural stone or cement tiles should perform well on an exterior deck if installed correctly.  There tends to be a lot of failures with exterior decks because they are…

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Debonding Tile failures Glass Tile Moisture Problems

Glass tile water fountain is leaking, tiles loose

ANSWER - Chances are when the tile was installed it was not installed per industry standards and it has several compounding defects. Generally speaking when there is a problem it is not due to one…

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Debonding Tile failures Hollow Sounding Tiles installation Moisture Problems Standards

How are voids beneath tiles harmful?

ANSWER - If you tap on a ceramic or stone tile with a hard dense material, like a steel ball, where the tile is not bonded it will sound hollow (lower pitch sound) than areas…

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Debonding Tile failures stone

Marble installed over hardibacker, but didn't get bond

ANSWER - The coating on the back of the stone is likely a resin back that is applied to some type of stones that are more fragile. It may have a fiberglass mesh suspended within…

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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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile failures

Find literature on why large portions of ceramic tile separate from a slab

ANSWER - If the tile debonded from the slab then it wasn't completely properly installed. Properly installed means properly preparing the slab to make sure it is suitable for the installation as well as using…

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