Ceramic and Porcelain Tile selection Standards Testing

Is there astm testing or a report on using talavera tile?

ANSWER - Talavera tiles are typically glazed tile on a porous red body that is irregular in size with excessive warpage that doesn’t meet ANSI A137.1 standards. The products physical properties will vary depending on…

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Standards stone Testing

How to differentiate granite by grade/quality?

ANSWER - It is very difficult to differentiate granite let alone any other stone. People in the trade through experience may be able to notice key characteristics by looking, but even then it is…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile installation Standards

Any issues with Installing Ceramic Tile on a Counter Top?

ANSWER - No, there should be no issues with a counter top type of installation if installed correctly and per industry standards, such as: a. This design or assembly can be found in the Tile…

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installation Movement Joints selection Standards

Sealant/caulking for tile near woodstove withstand high temperatures?

ANSWER - AccuColor sanded siliconized acrylic latex caulk does not meet industry standard ASTM C920, per TCNA EJ171 Movement Joints, and should not be used in tile or stone installations. It is commonly used in…

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installation Movement Joints Standards Wet Areas

What size backer rod should I for tub and wall tile?

ANSWER - The polyethylene backer rod is not likely the cause of your cracking at the tub to shower wall transition, but if there is room for it in that joint, then you should use…

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Slab Standards stone

Industry standards for granite seams and the splitting of seams?

ANSWER - Countertops are to be flat within 1/8" in 10 feet. Transition joints from counter to wall or other material is to be 1/8" with a tolerance of +/- 1/64". Joint seams widths are…

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Standards stone Testing

What grade is COAST GREEN granite?

ANSWER - There is no such industry standard that grades granite with numbers like that.  Marble has a class A, B, C, D and that has nothing to do with granite. Without checking, Coast Green…

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Grout installation Standards

Is there a standard for grout joint width?

ANSWER - The ANSI and MIA standards do say grout joints should never be less than 1/16" wide, and depending on the type and size of tile they should be wider. It is recommended to always…

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