What is needed to make sure that you have a quality tile installation? Based on our experience, knowledge and work, we have identified a few requirements. Note that these are not all the needs of the industry. However, they all contribute to quality tiling.
Here they are.
1. Hire Only Skilled Tile Installers
Only trained and experienced tile installer can produce a high-quality installation that provides long-enduring beauty and functionality. Realize that tile isn't just a decorative layer in a home or commercial building. It must meet certain standards so that it performs as it should from time to time.
In order to distinguish this quality oriented tile installer from others in the field, consider hiring a Certified Tile Installer (CTI). CTIs have proven that they have the knowledge and skills which meet industry standards and best practices.
2. Incorporate Movement Accommodation Joints in the Tile Installation
All tile installation, both residential and commercial, will move with temperature and humidity variations. To accommodate this expansion and contraction activity, the use of expansion joints for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation method is essential and required in all tile work.
The design professional or engineer shall show the specific locations and details of movement joints on project drawings. Make sure that all parties are involved in the project, including specifiers, designers, salespeople and tile installers who know and understand the critical use and placement of expansion joints.