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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cleaning failures Grout stone Visual

How is Tumbled Stone supposed to be treated?

ANSWER - Tumbled stone comes in many different types of stone. Some stone is more porous and are unfilled types of stones such as travertine. People have different preferences on how they treat the stone.…

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cracks failures stone

Are Hairline Cracks Normal to Travetine?

ANSWER - Hairline cracks are not normal with any tile. If you have areas with large cracks, it may be that they were hairline cracks when they began or they were caused by a separate…

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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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cracks failures Grout

Second opinion why tile grout keeps cracking

ANSWER - Generally when there is a problem it is due to compounding factors. Your wood subfloor may not have the correct configuration or it may not have been constructed correctly that is resulting in…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning failures Stains

How to clean Stains from porcelain tile from China and seal them?

ANSWER - To remove stains in tile depends on the type of tile and the type of material that caused the stain. You said that it was a porcelain tile, but porcelain tile should technically…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks failures Grout Moisture Problems

Wood underneath tile next to sink is soaked and smells mildewed

ANSWER - The description of your kitchen counter leads me to belief that they installed the tile directly to a wood top without a waterproof membrane on top of it. That is not a good…

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failures installation Stains

Ring shaped spots of moisture in Basalt

ANSWER - I'm not sure what type of product Mapei Isolatic is. Since it is being added to Kerabond it must be a latex additive. The ring shape spots of moisture suggest to me that…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile failures Hollow Sounding Tiles Wet Areas

Hollow sounds from tile with no backer-board on composite board

ANSWER - Tile should never be installed over a composite board because they are water sensitive and relatively unstable. There are some applications where you can install over exterior grade plywood for interior applications, but…

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