Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Deflection Expert Answers installation Standards

What is the allowable deflection of a substrate suitable for a porcelain tile?

ANSWER - The standards for a porcelain tile is that the substrate can not have more deflection than L/360.  For natural stone over a wood subfloor it is L/720.  L stands for…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Installation Guidelines Standards

What is the proper way to install tile over linoleum?

ANSWER - As long as the linoleum is well attached to its substrate, and the substrate is structurally sound, then you can install tile over it.  The new tile installation will only be as good…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers installation Installation Guidelines Standards stone

What is the proper Installation Method for Installing Large Format Tiles?

ANSWER - It is hard to see exactly what they did.  Your message says “photo thin set 1/16” is on the floor, 1.5” to 2.5” of mortar mix with less than 90% coverage, and thin-set 1/16”…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Standards Workmanship

What are the standards for the proper alignment for tile installations?

ANSWER - ANSI A108.02 are the standards for tile installer workmanship.  Some of the standards are quantitative, but many are qualitative and subjective. The only reference to alignment is that the tile should be installed…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers failures grout installation Leak Moisture Problems Movement Joints Standards Waterproofing Wet Areas

Why is my Tiled Balcony Leaking and How Can I fix it?

ANSWER - When there is a problem it normally is not due to one deficiency, but due to multiple compounding deficiencies. You state that the peel and stick moisture barrier was properly installed.  If if…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles Standards Thin-set Coverage/Contact

What are the Standards for Thin-set Adhesive Coverage/Contact for Ceramic Tile?

ANSWER - First of all, per industry standards hollow sounding tiles are not considered a defect per-se.  Although a hollow sounding tile, or a portion of a tile sounding hollow, can possibly be a symptom…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles Standards

If my tiles sound hollow, should I have them replaced?

ANSWER - Tile having a hollow sound is not considered a defect in itself.  It can be a symptom of a defect.  There are many reasons why a tile can sound hollow.  It could be…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers grout Standards Workmanship

What are the Standards for how to Finish the Grout in a Tile Grout Joint?

ANSWER - Per ANSI A108.10 Installation of grout in Tilework, it says that all grout joints shall be uniformly finished. Cushion edge tile shall be finished evenly to the depth of the cushion. The grout…

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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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Expert Answers Fabrication Quartz Stone Standards stone

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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