Ceramic and Porcelain Tile sealers

Can you darken saltillo tiles that haven't been sealed?

ANSWER - If the Saltillo pavers are unsealed and porous you can stain them. You can stain them another color or use an enhancer to just darken the natural color. Some of these products also…

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grout installation Standards

Is there a standard for grout joint width?

ANSWER - The ANSI and MIA standards do say grout joints should never be less than 1/16" wide, and depending on the type and size of tile they should be wider. It is recommended to always…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile failures Hollow Sounding Tiles Wet Areas

Hollow sounds from tile with no backer-board on composite board

ANSWER - Tile should never be installed over a composite board because they are water sensitive and relatively unstable. There are some applications where you can install over exterior grade plywood for interior applications, but…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Exterior installation

Should I Install Clay Tiles Over Plywood for Outdoor Use?

ANSWER - First of all you should not be installing the clay tiles to plywood if it is going to be used outdoors.  Plywood is moisture sensitive and will expand and contract leading to warpage…

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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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cracks failures Movement Joints

Can You Diagnose Why Tub to Wall Sealant Joint is Cracked?

ANSWER - It is not normal for that joint between the tub and the wall to crack and it should not have to be redone on a regular basis.  There could be a few things…

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Concrete Substrate Slab cracks installation stone

Best subfloor for tile in house that settled unevenly?

ANSWER - You can not install your travertine or any type of tile over a concrete foundation that has cracks without first fixing the problem. If it is simply shrinkage cracks that only move horizontally…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile installation

Is portable propane heat ok when installing ceramic tile?

ANSWER - Manufacturer's of the installation products for ceramic tile and stone caution to not use propane heaters. The reason is because the propane heaters emit carbon dioxide that can lead to a condition called…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Removal sealers

How to remove heavy thick sealer from ceramic tile?

ANSWER - Unless you know what brand and type of coating is on the existing tile surface you can only experiment to determine what will chemically remove the coating.  There are various manufacturers that make…

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selection Slip Resistance Wet Areas

What bathroom wall tile should NOT be placed on the floor?

ANSWER - There are ceramic tiles designated only for wall applications and they should not be used on a floor due to its limited durability. All floor tiles can be used on walls. Whether the…

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