Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Free Tile and Stone Installation Guidelines installation Installation Installation Guidelines Installation Products - Adhesives Standards

What do we need to consider when installing 18x18 inch tiles on walls?

ANSWER - First of all you need to make sure that the substrate to which you will be adhering the tiles are suitable for the application.  In bathrooms you want to use materials that are…

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What is the thickness tolerance for Engineered marble & quartz?

ANSWER - The standards for Quartz Stone or Engineered Stone, which is a man-made product that generally is made up of about 90% quartz with resin, are currently the same standards as for natural stone.…

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How can I keep my porcelain tile on the porch from having standing water?

ANSWER -  Industry standards require tile floor surfaces in areas that are subject to being wet must have a slope to drain of 1/4 inch per foot.   So if  water is getting into your screed…

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Is Spot Bonding Tile an Acceptable Installation Method and will it result in a Failure?

ANSWER -  Adhering a tile using a spot bonded method ,  where the installer typically applies a spot of cementitious thin-set adhesive in the four corners of the tile and at the center of the…

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How can I verify if my tile was installed correctly?

ANSWER - Unfortunately it is difficult for consumers to determine how to select qualified tile installers.  Most installers haven't had any formal education on how to install tile nor do they know what the industry…

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What are the proper Methods and Standards for applying Thin-set Mortar to Tile?

ANSWER - What they did is called spot bonding, which is against industry standards unless the adhesive is an epoxy on an interior wall application over cementitious backer board application. It does no good skim coating…

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How much should Grout Joint Widths vary in size in a Tile Installation?

ANSWER - The tile industry standards say that grout joints should never be less than 1/16" wide, and tiles should never be butted up to each other.  It is recommended that the grout joints be…

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Are there standards for which direction and off-set a Porcelain Wood Plank Tile should be Installed?

ANSWER -  The ANSI A108.02 standards state that any tile being installed in a running bond/staggered/off-set pattern where the side being offset is greater than 15 inches, the offset pattern will be a maximum of…

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Are there tolerances for natural stone edge profiles to be consistent looking?

ANSWER - The Marble Institute of America (MIA) Dimension Design Stone Manuel Version 8 says for bullnose or other rounded shaped profile edges that the allowable tolerance is no more variation than +/- 1/32 (+/-…

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Are there Tolerance Standards for Grout or Caulking Joint Width Variation?

ANSWER - You are correct to install caulked movement joints at the perimeters and inside vertical corners of the tile installation.  Caulk should be an ASTM C920 silicone sealant per TCNA EJ171 standards.

The ceramic…

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