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Large rectangular tiles tend to have warpage at their corners and at the center of the tile, so when two adjacent tiles are off-set from each other then you can get compounding warpage.

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Installing the long and thin in width tile planks is a difficult installation because these tiles do tend to have warpage and the shapes of the tiles being off-set from each other with narrow grout joints is challenging.

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Expansion joints, which is a type of movement joint, may or may be required in a tile installation. But always there should be some type of a movement joint installed in all tile applications per industry standards.

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Allowable tile lippage for ceramic tile, including porcelain tile, which is a type of ceramic tile, is based on the grout joint width and the amount of allowable warpage that the tile itself exhibits.

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For ceramic tile, or porcelain tile that is a type of ceramic tile, there are standards for what is acceptable tile lippage. Tile lippage is the vertical displacement between two adjacent tile edges.

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Industry standards do not recommend butting tiles together whether they are a stone tile or a ceramic tile.

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According to the Marble Institute of America (MIA), on smooth surface stones, lippage should be limited to +/- 1/32″.

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If you have excessive tile lippage, then normally you have to remove those affected tiles to correct the problem.

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What are the Standards for Acceptable Tile Lippage? – Hi – I have recently had 1000 sq ft of tile installed and am concerned about the lippage. This is the tile used – http://products.daltile.com/series.cfm?series=376. I’m not sure how to proceed if the installer does not agree with my assertion that the install is not up to ansi standards.

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