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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Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles installation Slab stone

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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Standards

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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers installation Showers Stains Wet Areas

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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Expert Answers installation Stains stone

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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Inspections installation Installation Guidelines Lippage Movement Joints Standards Workmanship

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…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Flood installation Movement Joints Tenting

Will the Cold Temperatures cause Tiles to Tent, and Will the insurance provide coverage for a tented tile floor?

ANSWER - Normally it isn't the cold that leads to a tile tenting, it is the higher temperatures or moisture that causes expansion in tiles that can lead to tile tenting if the tile wasn't…

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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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Moisture Problems Movement Joints Tenting

What is causing my Ceramic Tile to Buckle / Tent up?

ANSWER - When tile debonds and buckles up we do refer to that as tile tenting.  The cause of tile tenting is normally due to several compounding conditions.  First is that normally the tile installation…

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