Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Repairs Stairs

What do I do about the Missing Stair Nosing and Short Stair Tread?

ANSWER - There really isn't anything you can do about correcting the short stair treads as there is no stair nosing extending out over the edge of the stair riser.  You really just need to…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks Expert Answers grout Repairs

Why is my Unsanded Grout Cracking and how do I fix it?

ANSWER - There are many reasons why a grout will crack and come loose.  Unsanded grout is recommended for grout joints 1/8" wide down to 1/16" wide.  Sanded grout is recommended for grout joints that…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles Repairs

How do I keep the Hairline Cracks in my Ceramic Tiles from Getting Worse?

ANSWER - Normally when there are hairline cracks going continuously through a number of tiles including the grout joint, it suggests that there might be a crack i the substrate below it that is telegraphing…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers failures Repairs Tile Trim

What would cause Porcelain Tile Bullnose edges to Peel?

ANSWER - Porcelain tiles are not likely to peel considering they are very dense tiles.  Although you say the tile is Carrara Marble look and the edges are white.  Manufacturers use the ink jet technology…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers grout Haze Ink Jet Glazed Tile Maintenance Repairs

Why do my Plank Floor Tiles have a Haze or have Lost its Color?

ANSWER - Tiles should lose their color from cleaning.  There are a lot of variables to consider.  First what kind of tile is it and how was it manufactured.  I will assume it is a…

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Brick cleaning Expert Answers Exterior Maintenance Repairs

Can I Stucco over an Existing Brick?

ANSWER - I would be surprised if the brick is made of porcelain clay which is very dense and has 0.5% absorption or less.  There are some very dense clay brick. Stucco is a weak…

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Expert Answers Marble Repairs Searching For Stone stone

How do I find a matching Marble Tile stone for a Repair?

ANSWER - Like snow flakes there are no two marbles that match exactly.  That is true for any natural stone since it is nature made.  Natural stone inherently varies to some degree depending on the…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks Deflection Expert Answers failures grout installation Movement Joints Repairs Sealant Caulk Waterproofing Wet Areas

How do I repair the Horizontal Grout Joint between the Bathtub and the Tile wall?

ANSWER -  The transition joint between the top of the bathtub flange and the wall tile is not supposed to be filled with a cementitious grout.  It should be filled with a resilient ASTM C920…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Exterior Free Tile and Stone Installation Guidelines installation Installation Guidelines Pool and Spa Repairs stone

Can I Install Mosaic Tiles over an Old Eroding Sandstone Flagstone Tile?

ANSWER - I assume this is an exterior application of the sandstone in a flagstone irregular shape.  Sandstone is Quartz stone from a geological point of view, but it is a class 1 that is…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles Repairs stone

How do you repair hollow sounding tiles?

ANSWER - Hollow sounding tiles is not a defect per se.  Depending on the substrate and installation materials and methods being used the tile can have a hollow sound without anything being wrong. On the…

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