Grout installation Standards stone

Should travertine tile be set with a grout joint or no grout?

ANSWER - All stone or ceramic tile installations should have a grout joint for two basic reasons.  First reason is that tiles will vary in size to some degree and the grout joint allows the…

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installation Standards

How do I make sure Ceramic Tile, Natural Stone gets installed correctly by my tile installer?

ANSWER - Hiring the right installer is the difference between a delightful result and a nightmare.  Most installers don’t go to school to learn the trade, so even with good intentions, more often than not…

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Standards stone Testing

Could the quality of granite be tested?

ANSWER - There is a lot of natural stone sold as granite that is not true granite.  Due to the large demand for stone today, stone that would not have been sold or used before is…

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installation Movement Joints Standards

Do Wall tiles need to sit on top of floor tiles in wet areas?

ANSWER - The lower course tile in a vertical wet area should be above the floor tile and there should be a joint there of 1/4" that is properly treated as a movement joint per…

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installation Standards

Can I secure tiles directly onto formica counter top?

ANSWERS - There are epoxy adhesives that will allow you to bond ceramic tile directly to Formica, but that application is not recommended by industry standards. Of course if the Formica ever comes loose so…

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Standards stone Visual

Is there an Industry Standard for Gloss Level on Tile?

ANSWER - If your question is relative to a new stone tile being installed, then it isn't acceptable to have an inconsistent polish/finish.  There is…

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