Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Exterior Exterior Decks & Balconies installation Installation Guidelines Natural Stone Pedestal Tile Installation Method stone

Can Porcelain Tiles be Installed on a Pedestal Floor System?

Historically pedestal floor installations were used to install 2" thick or thicker precast concrete pavers or natural stone tiles.  The floor could be level and the gaps between the pavers would facilitate for water to…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Exterior Industry Standards installation Installation Guidelines Natural Stone Sand Set Installation stone

Is it ok to Install Ceramic Tile or Stone Tile on a Sand Base?

Sand-setting tiles is not considered the best way to install ceramic or natural stone tiles, although it is done and has been done for many years and is normally less expensive than pouring a concrete…

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Caulk Concrete Substrate Slab Efflorescence Staining Expansion Joints Expert Answers Exterior installation Installation Guidelines Installation Products - Adhesives Limestone Natural Stone Pool and Spa Sealant Caulk sealers Thin-set Coverage/Contact Waterproofing Workmanship

Should I Install Limestone Coping on my Pool?

Always take what the contractor says with a grain of salt and make sure there is documents backing it up.  Don’t assume they are doing things correctly and read the directions that they likely don’t…

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How to Become a Tile & Stone Expert Installers

How can I become a Tile and Stone Expert Consultant?

The best way to become a legitimate consultant in the tile and stone industry is to become very knowledgeable in knowing and understanding the various industry standards regarding tile, stone and the installation products and…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Grout Stains

Why did the black grout stain my tile?

ANSWER - Some glazed tiles have micro fracturing or even pin holes from off-gassing during the manufacturing process.   It is always recommended to use a grout release to protect the tile from staining before you…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Flood

Will a Salt Water Flood Damage my Tile?

ANSWER - Porcelain tile is impervious and cannot absorb more than 0.5% to meet the standards for a porcelain body tile.   If the tile was installed correctly and if the substrate is not moisture sensitive,…

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Counter tops Expert Answers Fabrication Marble Natural Stone Slab

What is a Marble Fissure?

ANSWER - The term "fissure" is used commercially in the stone industry to describe a visible separation along intercrystalline boundaries of a natural stone.  This separation may start and stop within the field of the…

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Expert Answers Installation Guidelines Standards Tile Over Tile

Is it Ok to Install Tile Over Tile

ANSWER - Per the tile industry standards it is acceptable to install new tile over an existing tile installation.  Of course the new installation is only as good as the underlying installation.  If the only…

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Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Industry Standards installation Post-Tensioned Concrete

What is Post-Tensioned Concrete and Can I Install Tile Over it?

Post-Tensioning is a method of compressing the concrete with high-strength steel tendons and end plates installed prior to pouring the concrete that counteracts the natural tensile forces created by subsequent loading of people and equipment. …

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Free Tile and Stone Installation Guidelines

Free Tile and Stone Installation Guidelines

Tile Installation Guidelines and Instructions for Installing Ceramic Tile, Glass Tile, and Stone Tile for Residential Installations

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