Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Removal

Best way to remove tile or way to put wooden paneling over it?

ANSWER - The method used to remove ceramic tile depends on what it is attached to and what was used to attach it. Normally ceramic tile is tenaciously attached and requires a lot of effort…

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grout Interior

Epoxy Grout or sanded or unsanded for ceramic tile and stone tile?

ANSWER - Epoxy grout has significantly greater bond strength and compression strength over cementitious grouts. It is also very stain resistant. Sanded grout is meant for grout joints that are 1/8” wide or more. Non-sanded…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile failures Moisture Problems Removal

Must I remove tile floor over wood after flood?

ANSWER - One of the drawbacks with installing over wood is if the wood gets wet it expands and when it dries it warps causing various structural stress on the floor and to anything attached…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Exterior installation

How do we install ceramic tiles outside in Maryland?

ANSWER - I will briefly give you some idea of how you need to proceed. Our company does consult with architects and owners on specifying installation systems at the rate of $200 per hour and…

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failures grout Repairs

Thoughts about using acrylic paint over unsanded grout?

ANSWER - I don't know of any acrylic black paint that would be recommended and would have any assurance to lasting. Normally what is used is a grout colorant that is epoxy based and matches…

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Exterior selection stone

Is Slate Suitable for a Driveway?

ANSWER - Most slates are considered hard and dense, but it varies depending on the type and source. Slate is a layered material so it can flake but is normally sturdy. A good quality slate…

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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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Maintenance sealers

Is it essential to have our tile sealed?

ANSWER - The primary reason to seal ceramic tile is to make it more stain resistant. It also makes it easier to maintain the tile because dirt and etc. doesn't attach as readily and it…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile installation stone

Tips for Tile over Tile Installation?

ANSWER - It is an industry acceptable method to install tile over tile. The first important step is to verify that the existing tile is bonded substantially well to the substrate, since it is the…

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