Q Can I use ceramic floor tiles on my walls?
A Yes, ceramic floor tile can be installed on walls using proper ceramic tile
installation methods.

Q Can wall tile be used on the floor?
A No, they are lighter weight for better adherence and simpler installation and
they cannot withstand foot traffic.

Q Can I use high gloss tile on my kitchen counter tops?
A It is not recommended. Structurally it will work, but the high gloss will eventually
show scratching. Porcelain or granite are a better choice.

Q If I drop something on my kitchen floor, is it going to crack the ceramic tile?
A It depends. Ceramic tile is very durable. With proper installation, if you drop a
glass or dish, the glass or dish will most likely break.

Q I'd like to use ceramic tile on the floor in my home, but won't it be cold?
A Not necessarily. The tile itself is no different in temperature than anything else
in the room; it's just that we tend to equate smooth with cold. Still, it's easy to warm
things up with an area rug or with a variety of floor heating elements installed
under the tile.

Q When installing tile over my newly poured concrete, how long should I wait
before installing ceramic tile?
A Industry standard is 28 days between concrete pouring and ceramic tile
installation.

Q Can ceramic tile be installed over existing particle board?
A No, I do not recommend laying floor tile over particle board. The particle board
should be replaced with a suitable substrate before installing tile.

Q Can I install ceramic tile over lightweight concrete or gypcrete?
A No, tile installation is not recommended over gypsum products. The moisture in
the setting materials has a tendency to deteriorate the gypsum cement.

Q Can cement board be installed directly to the floor joists?
A No, cement backer board is not a structural member. It must be installed over
an exterior plywood subfloor, 5/8" minimum thickness.

Q When laying tile on a bathroom floor, is it necessary to remove the toilet?
A Yes, it gives a much nicer look. If you tile around the toilet instead of removing it,
when the toilet needs to be replaced, it will be more difficult to remove and/or find
another toilet that will fit in the same space as the old one.

Q How long after installation will the tile be ready for grout?
A Most standard thin-set mortars will reach initial cure within 24 hours; however
certain job conditions could affect the final cure time required.

Q What is the difference between sanded and unsanded grout?
A Unsanded grout is used on ceramic tile that has been installed with a grout joint
width of less than 1/8 of an inch wide and should always be used on polished
natural stone products. Sanded tile grout is used on tile with a grout joint width
equal to or greater than 1/8 of an inch.

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