Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Free Tile and Stone Installation Guidelines installation Installation Installation Guidelines Installation Products - Adhesives Standards

What do we need to consider when installing 18x18 inch tiles on walls?

ANSWER - First of all you need to make sure that the substrate to which you will be adhering the tiles are suitable for the application.  In bathrooms you want to use materials that are…

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What is the best Terrazzo Floor method of Installation?

ANSWER - First of all, a monolithic cement terrazzo application when a better is only 1/2" thick, where a sand cushion terrazzo assembly is about 3.5 inches thick. Regardless of which installation method you use,…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers installation Repairs

Do you have to remove the thin-set adhesive from the previous installation or can you install over it?

ANSWER - The answer is it depends...  The new installation can't be attached to the underlying substrate any better than what the remaining thin-set is attached to it.  So you need to make sure it…

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Is it recommended to install Carrara Marble in Steam Showers?

ANSWER - I have seen Carrara Marble installed in showers and steam shower successfully, but I have also seen where there were staining problems. Many marbles contain pyrite (iron sulfide) minerals which is a natural…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation sealers Standards Wet Areas

How can I keep my porcelain tile on the porch from having standing water?

ANSWER -  Industry standards require tile floor surfaces in areas that are subject to being wet must have a slope to drain of 1/4 inch per foot.   So if  water is getting into your screed…

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Is a hollow sounding spot on a marble installed on a floor a problem?

ANSWER -  I assume  that when you said "tikes" you meant "tile".  So I assume you have marble slabs installed on your floor, and that you are saying that an 18 square inch spot on…

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Is Spot Bonding Tile an Acceptable Installation Method and will it result in a Failure?

ANSWER -  Adhering a tile using a spot bonded method ,  where the installer typically applies a spot of cementitious thin-set adhesive in the four corners of the tile and at the center of the…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Installation Guidelines Movement Joints

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…

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Should we replace the discolored Tile and concrete base in the Shower?

ANSWER -  Normally installing tile over damp mortar doesn't cause staining.  We call that a wet set method if the mortar is installed at the same time as the tile is installed.  A thin-set adhesive…

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Will the Wet Spots on my recent Marble Slab Installation go Away?

ANSWER - If you have a number of wet/dark spots on your newly installed marble slabs, it may be that the marble slab was installed in a spot bonded method. If the marble slab was…

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