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Honoring Expansion Joints in a Concrete Floor

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Do You Honor Expansion Joints in a Concrete Floor?

You do, right? Honoring expansion joints in a concrete floor is critical to the success of a ceramic tile floor installation.

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Is Your Floor or Wall Flat Enough for Large Format Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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How prepared are you for installing Large Format Tile (LFT) or Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels (GTPT) and ensuring you have a surface that is adequately flat?

It's a big deal and worth considering before you get started

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How To Protect Your Installation With a Tile Edge Profile

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Do you use an edge profile to protect your tile installation? It's particularly valuable when transitioning from tile to another flooring surface material. However, to work, the profile must be installed correctly. Let's explore.

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How to Install Floor Tile When It's Natural Stone Rather Than Ceramic

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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If you're considering how to install natural stone floor tile, be aware that there's a significant difference between natural stone and ceramic tile especially when it's over wood framing.

Unfortunately, many consumers, builders and even some tile installers share the mistaken idea that natural stone tile products may be installed over a wood-framed floor in the same way as is ceramic and porcelain tile. This is completely untrue and will many times lead to a very costly replacement.

Why? Because tiles made from natural stone do not have the same strength as ceramic tiles and they require a floor system that is twice as stiff as what is required for ceramic floor tile.

Let's explore in more detail.

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Gridlines vs. Spacers: Which is Better When Installing Tile?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 8, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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When you're installing tile, do you use gridlines or spacers? Why do you do so?

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Five Self-Leveling Underlayment (SLU) Requirements

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 25, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Are you familiar with SLU or Self-Leveling Underlayment?

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Dealing With Ramps and Level Changes on Tile Jobsites

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 21, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Have you had to deal with ramps and level changes on your tile jobsite? How have you addressed them?

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Six Steps for Mixing Mortars and Grouts

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 7, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Would you agree that mortars and grouts matter to a successful tile installation project? And that you need them to be properly mixed?

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The Perils of Improper Floor Prep

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 9, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Let's talk about floor prep. How seriously do you take it?

Realize that the success or failure of most tile projects is keyed to the amount of floor prep provided and the attention to detail.  When you or anyone else cuts corners to save time and or money on a job, the result is almost always failure. 

To make my point, here are specific examples highlighting seven perils of improper floor prep. You may have encountered others that we can add to the list.

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Tile Patterns Require Balance and Common Sense

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 14, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Perhaps it seems self-evident that the tile patterns you select need to be balanced when installed. And, yet, simply based on photos readily available, balance and common sense don't always go hand-in-hand.

Especially when your tile choices come in so many more sizes, shapes, patterns, and colors than in the past.  Along with this availability comes creativity with endless possibilities.

Today we will focus on one of these options – the pattern.  Combining these tiles, whether square or rectangular, with an offset pattern creates a unique visual many times not realized in is square or stacked design.

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