Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers selection

Is it ok to Have Both Hardwood and Tile on the Floors of your House?

ANSWER - There is nothing wrong with having some rooms with hardwood flooring and other rooms with ceramic porcelain tile as I do in my house.  You need to be careful about the transitions from…

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Expert Answers Physical Properties Polished selection Slab stone

What is the difference between Limestone and Marble?

ANSWER: According to Pizzul Marmi Aurisina's website blog, due to their technical characteristics, stones are particularly suitable for different applications and, indeed, have been used since the ancient times of the Bronze Age in any kind of…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Floor Warming selection stone

Can I use Travertine Tile over a Radiant Heated Floor, if not, what should I use?

ANSWER - As long as the tumbled travertine tile is installed correctly or a correctly installed radiant floor system, it should not be a problem. Note that using a natural stone will require more maintenance…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Performance selection

What recourse do I have if I was sold a wall tile for a floor application?

ANSWER - There are smooth floor tiles as well as smooth wall tiles.  Often floor tiles are used on walls as well as on floors. On shower floors they should be using a tile that…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Tiles Expert Answers installation selection

Can cement encaustic tile be used for a wood stove surround?

ANSWER - Encaustic tiles are a cement based material.  There are no industry standards that address what the physical properties are and how they should perform.  So the quality of the material you get can…

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Expert Answers selection stone

How can we match an existing marble that is 20 years old?

ANSWER - First of all natural stone can vary in appearance and performance depending on which quarry it comes out of or what portion of the quarry it comes out of. Some natural stones have…

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

What kind of Tile Should I install over my concrete slab that has high moisture readings?

ANSWER - I assume you had a water leak of some sort that resulted in your concrete slab having a high level of moisture.  If that is the case, then you should let the slab…

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Expert Answers Repairs selection stone

How can I match my existing Marble Floor?

ANSWER - Your description of the marble sounds like it could be a Perlino Rosato Marble. Depending on the type of natural stone you are trying to match, it can be easy to match or…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Exterior installation selection Wet Areas

What is the best tile to use to prevent Leaking?

ANSWER - Regardless of what type of tile you install over your garage, none of the installations will be waterproof unless you waterproof under the tile first. Some tiles are impervious such as glazed ceramic…

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Counter tops Expert Answers Maintenance selection Stains stone

What is the best type of material to use on a laboratory counter top?

ANSWER - The best counter tops for laboratories that is known to be chemical resistant is soapstone.  It is a natural stone that has been used for many years in these types of applications.  It comes…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Counter tops Expert Answers installation selection

Can Tile be installed on Counter Tops so it does not make noise when plates come into contact with it?

ANSWER - Ceramic tile or porcelain, which is a type of ceramic tile, are dense materials so they do make noise if you bang something against it. It is possible to install a foam backer…

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Counter tops Expert Answers selection Slab Standards stone

The granite sample I approved does not match the granite countertop I received. What can I do about it?

ANSWER - Based on the few photos you provided, I don’t think the white background sample you approved is representative of the salmon background countertop that you got. Read More

Expert Answers Repairs selection stone

Can I match my existing Marble Tile?

ANSWER - Normally we don't have problems finding natural stone to match existing installations for repairs.  Diano Reale has enough variation within it that I would expect you should find something…

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Expert Answers selection Standards stone

What is First Choice Marble?

ANSWER - There is no industry standard for defining what is first choice natural stone.  Unlike ceramic tile that defines Second Grade tiles as tiles meet the ANSI A137.1 requirements other than for facial defects,…

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Counter tops Exterior installation Maintenance sealers selection Slab stone

What should I take into Consideration in Selecting a Granite for an Exterior Countertop?

ANSWER - First of all let me give you some background info to consider.  Not all granite, or stones in general, are made equal by mother nature.   Being a natural material the physical properties can…

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failures selection Standards stone Testing

Is there a test to verify the quality of a travertine stone?

ANSWER - There are ASTM standards for the minimum/maximum physical property requirements for a travertine stone, which is ASTM C1527.   They do classify the stone as either Class I Exterior or Class II interior use,…

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Do Tile Installers charge more if the Tile Pattern is different?

ANSWER - I assume when you say brick pattern you are referring to a staggered pattern where each tile is off-set from the other from 1/3 to 1/2 the length of the tile.   We refer…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile installation selection

Pro and Cons for using Thin Porcelain Tile Panels on Kitchen Countertops?

  Answer - Glazed Ceramic porcelain tile panel Pros: 1. They come in approx. sizes of 3’ x 10’ panels that range in thickness from 3 to 6mm is relatively new and are very thin…

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Why do my travertine tiles have a large number of open pits and pores?

ANSWER - Travertine stone naturally has open holes within it as it is a fresh water sedimentary stone where naturally water runs through it. Although sometimes people install this stone without filling those holes if…

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Grout sealers selection stone

How can I change the color of my grout in my Travertine Tiles?

Answer - There isn't any easy solution to your need. You have already sealed the travertine so it now doesn't have much absorption to take a stain. If you happen to find a sealer with a…

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