Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Exterior installation

Should I Install Clay Tiles Over Plywood for Outdoor Use?

ANSWER - First of all you should not be installing the clay tiles to plywood if it is going to be used outdoors.  Plywood is moisture sensitive and will expand and contract leading to warpage…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab cracks installation Standards

Will cracks in foundation cause my tile to crack?

ANSWER - Per our industry standards for ceramic tile and stone and from a practical point-of-view, any concrete substrate that has shrinkage cracks should be isolated with a crack isolation membrane. If the cracks are…

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Concrete Substrate Slab cracks installation stone

Best subfloor for tile in house that settled unevenly?

ANSWER - You can not install your travertine or any type of tile over a concrete foundation that has cracks without first fixing the problem. If it is simply shrinkage cracks that only move horizontally…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile installation

Is portable propane heat ok when installing ceramic tile?

ANSWER - Manufacturer's of the installation products for ceramic tile and stone caution to not use propane heaters. The reason is because the propane heaters emit carbon dioxide that can lead to a condition called…

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installation selection Standards

Difference between latex modified thin-set and polymer modified thin-set?

ANSWER - There are modified thin-set adhesives that meet ANSI A118.4 or ANSI A118.15.  They can either me latex modified thin-set where you add the appropriate liquid latex rather than water or there are polymer modified…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile installation Standards

Ceramic Tile Warpage-Top quality tile not completely flat

ANSWER - There are ANSI A137.1 industry standards on quantifying what is considered acceptable dimension variation within standard grade ceramic tiles. Ceramic tile is not perfect and the installation methods help compensate for the imperfections…

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Concrete Substrate Slab cracks installation Standards

Should I use any kind of underlayment on cracked slab?

Answer - You can not install ceramic tile or stone over cracked concrete without making repairs or providing additional protection or the cracks will continue through the tiles. If the cracks are structural cracks (they move…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Exterior installation

How do we install ceramic tiles outside in Maryland?

ANSWER - I will briefly give you some idea of how you need to proceed. Our company does consult with architects and owners on specifying installation systems at the rate of $200 per hour and…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile installation stone

Tips for Tile over Tile Installation?

ANSWER - It is an industry acceptable method to install tile over tile. The first important step is to verify that the existing tile is bonded substantially well to the substrate, since it is the…

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