Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Floor Warming selection stone

Can I use Travertine Tile over a Radiant Heated Floor, if not, what should I use?

ANSWER - As long as the tumbled travertine tile is installed correctly or a correctly installed radiant floor system, it should not be a problem. Note that using a natural stone will require more maintenance…

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Expert Answers Floor Warming installation Moisture Problems

Should we use an Uncoupling Membrane and how to we warm the floor?

ANSWER - Using an uncoupling membrane will not make the tile installation waterproof, unless you use a special type that can be installed in a waterproof method, and it doesn't really add any value if…

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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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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 cracks Expert Answers Floor Warming Freeze-Thaw

Will Ceramic Tile crack in cabins that are not heated during the winter months in cold climates?

ANSWER - If the ceramic tile is installed correctly it can be used in cold environments without cracking as long as it isn't subjected to moisture during freeze thaw conditions.   Some tiles like porcelain ceramic…

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How do I repair the crack in my travertine floor over electric radiant heating?

ANSWER - I assume there was a wood subfloor under the carpet.  The cementitious backer board should have been glued and screwed every 8" to the subfloor.  The 3x5 foot sheets should have been staggered…

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Crack in Tile over Radiant Heating - HELP!

ANSWER - If there is a crack in the ceramic tile floor you need to determine what caused it to determine how to fix it. It could be the tile had voids or was not…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Floor Warming installation

How Can I Heat my Ceramic Tile Floor?

ANSWER - You could probably install some type of heating device on the bottom of the wood subfloor between your joists, but I wouldn't expect it would be very effective. Wood is not a good…

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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 Floor Warming selection

Which type of tile would be warmer on the feet?

ANSWER - Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile. They are both clay based material. Generally Porcelain tile is more dense than many ceramic tiles, but not always. There is no significant difference in…

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