installation stone

Can travertine tile be installed directly to laminate countertop?

ANSWER - It is possible to bond stone to a plastic laminate top if you use the appropriate type of thin-set adhesive. The laminate would have to be scarified in preparation for the tile installation.…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile failures

Find literature on why large portions of ceramic tile separate from a slab

ANSWER - If the tile debonded from the slab then it wasn't completely properly installed. Properly installed means properly preparing the slab to make sure it is suitable for the installation as well as using…

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cracks failures grout

Second opinion why tile grout keeps cracking

ANSWER - Generally when there is a problem it is due to compounding factors. Your wood subfloor may not have the correct configuration or it may not have been constructed correctly that is resulting in…

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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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile sealers

Is there a high-heat ceramic paint product you could recommend?

ANSWER - There is no paint per se manufactured for ceramic tile. Normally what bonds the best to a clean surface of ceramic tile is epoxy paint. Some epoxy paints do have a relatively high…

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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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile sealers Visual

Recommendations for wet look Sealer for hearth?

ANSWER - I assume you must have an unglazed (throughbody) ceramic tile.  It is not clear how absorbing the tile body is, but you must consider the tiles’ absorption when you select a sealer. There…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning failures Stains

How to clean Stains from porcelain tile from China and seal them?

ANSWER - To remove stains in tile depends on the type of tile and the type of material that caused the stain. You said that it was a porcelain tile, but porcelain tile should technically…

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cleaning stone

How do I clean rough Granite floor?

ANSWER - I assume you have flamed granite, which is more difficult to clean due to its texture. Acid can only be used for removing cement based products and done very carefully or you can…

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