Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab cracks installation Standards

Will cracks in foundation cause my tile to crack?

ANSWER - Per our industry standards for ceramic tile and stone and from a practical point-of-view, any concrete substrate that has shrinkage cracks should be isolated with a crack isolation membrane. If the cracks are…

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installation selection Standards

Difference between latex modified thin-set and polymer modified thin-set?

ANSWER - There are modified thin-set adhesives that meet ANSI A118.4 or ANSI A118.15.  They can either me latex modified thin-set where you add the appropriate liquid latex rather than water or there are polymer modified…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile installation Standards

Ceramic Tile Warpage-Top quality tile not completely flat

ANSWER - There are ANSI A137.1 industry standards on quantifying what is considered acceptable dimension variation within standard grade ceramic tiles. Ceramic tile is not perfect and the installation methods help compensate for the imperfections…

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Concrete Substrate Slab cracks installation Standards

Should I use any kind of underlayment on cracked slab?

Answer - You can not install ceramic tile or stone over cracked concrete without making repairs or providing additional protection or the cracks will continue through the tiles. If the cracks are structural cracks (they move…

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Exterior Grout selection Standards stone

What type of grout for the flagstone on my driveway?

ANSWER - For grout in flagstone with varying thick and width joints you need to have a grout with a greater ratio of sand to cement. If you want a specific color and more consistency…

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selection Slip Resistance Standards Wet Areas

Are there standards for residential shower floors?

ANSWER - There is no industry standard that says what type of ceramic tile can be used on a residential shower floor. There are some ADA recommendations and some city codes for public areas that…

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