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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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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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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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Counter tops Expert Answers Maintenance Polished Repairs Stains stone

How do I remove a smudge on my new Granite Countertop?

ANSWER - Many natural stones that are produced around the world are treated with a type of sealer to enhance the color of the stone.  If some type of solvent gets on the countertop e.g.…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Flood Leak Moisture Problems Repairs

Will residual water from a leak cause damage to my tile installation?

ANSWER - If the tile was installed correctly the residual water/moisture should not harm the tile.  Tile is often installed in showers, fountains, and pools and the moisture should not harm them as long as…

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Is it alright to use Silicone Sealant to fix a Shower Leak?

Answer: First of all, all of the transition joints in the shower both horizontal and vertical should not have been grouted with a cementitious grout.  They should have been filled with an ASTM C920 resilient sealant…

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What can I do about my failed tile floor in the home I bought 1 year ago?

ANSWER - It sounds as though your tile installation has failed and is debonding. It is likely due to compounding deficiencies in how it was installed. The substrate may have not been properly prepared. The tile…

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