Expert Answers in Installation Guidelines
How can I incorporate movement joints in my tile work while maintaining aesthetics.
ANSWER - The TCNA EJ171 standards for installing movement joints in tile work are general recommendations. There is an ASTM C1472 standard for calculating movement in movement joints, so you can consider the coefficient of…Read More
How can I verify if my tile was installed correctly?
ANSWER - Unfortunately it is difficult for consumers to determine how to select qualified tile installers. Most installers haven't had any formal education on how to install tile nor do they know what the industry…Read More
How do we install tile over an aluminum substrate?
ANSWER - In the past we would always use an ANSI A118.3 epoxy adhesive to bond to steel floors in freezers and elevators. The steel would have to be scarified and cleaned first. Then grout…Read More
Are there Tolerance Standards for Grout or Caulking Joint Width Variation?
ANSWER - You are correct to install caulked movement joints at the perimeters and inside vertical corners of the tile installation. Caulk should be an ASTM C920 silicone sealant per TCNA EJ171 standards.
The ceramic…Read More
How do we install tile on a new concrete side walk?
ANSWER - First of all you need to determine what kind of tile to install? It needs to be slip resistant, and it needs to provide a relatively flat surface so no one trips. If…Read More
Can I embed Ceramic Tile into a fresh Concrete Slab?
ANSWER - It is possible to embed 12x12 inch ceramic tiles into a freshly poured concrete slab, but there are a lot factors to consider. It is recommended to let the concrete cure for 28…Read More
Where should movement joints be installed in a small bathroom?
ANSWER - Yes, movement joints, sometimes referred as expansion joints, should be at all plane transitions and where there are transitions from different substrates and materials. Door thresholds, wall penetrations around escutcheons, and light…Read More
How to Achieve 95% Thin-set Mortar Contact when Installing Tile versus Spot Bonding?
ANSWER - Per ANSI A108 and per the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tiles they say that the thin-set adhesive coverage under the tile should be 80% with full support along tile edges…Read More
How can I install Porcelain Tile over a concrete slab with moisture?
ANSWER - I assume that the concrete slab is an interior application. Generally speaking you don't what to install tile over a concrete slab that has a hydrostatic water problem unless it is remediated first.…Read More
What are the standards for properly installing tile in a shower?
ANSWER - There are a number of shower configurations that are considered acceptable shower assemblies depending on the substrate conditions you have and the materials that were selected for the substrates and other components of the…Read More