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What is the difference between installing tile over mud (screed) or other
materials such as plywood, wonder board etc..?
Mud (screed) is basically a mixture of a sand and Portland cement. When
mixed and used properly it will give you a flat and level concrete-like
solid surface, improve sound proofing, won't fall apart with moister,
and the mortar will bond better on mud then ply wood-like surfaces. Wonder
board (cement board) provides an excellent tiling surface when installed
over your plywood subfloor.
What should I use to seal my newly installed Stone/Tile
Well, this is a simple question, but unfortunately the answer is not that
simple. In order to recommend a type and amount of sealer/impregnator,
first we need to know what kind a Stone/Tile you have.
Stone such as Granite, Marble, Travertine, Limestone, Sandstone, Slate
etc. What kind of finish it has? Polished, Honed, Flamed etc. (this will
tell us how much you need to buy). Where its located? Interior/Exterior,
kitchen, foyer, bathroom floors, shower walls or counter/tops, vanity/tops
etc. (this will help us to choose the right type of sealer/impregnator
for that location) such as water repellent, oil repellant, or color announcer
Which is better Ceramic tile or Porcelain tile?
It's all depends on where are you going to use it? If it's a commercial
building or exterior surfaces, then it may be wise to choose a good quality
porcelain tile for that project. If this is an interior residential application
you could get a well glazed ceramic tile that will do the job as good
as a quality porcelain tile would.
Keep in mine that not all Porcelain tiles are created equal, like any
other materials there are good and bad ones. Just because it says porcelain
doesn't men that it is a better material then ceramic. There are so many
good glazed ceramic tiles out there, that will perform far better then
any ordinary porcelain tile.
Can you give
me your best advice on whether or not I should seal my kitchen countertop?
It is made of Absolute Black Granite.
If you are sealing granite or natural stone kitchen counters, look for
an oil repellant impregnator. An oil resistant impregnator will only slow
the absorption of oil while an oil repellant impregnator will keep the
oil from entering the stone. All of them work well to protect stone.
The sealer penetrates
into the stone and attaches it's protection to the stone walls within
the pore structure. This allows the stone to breathe. It does not alter
the color or sheen of the stone and does not need to be reapplied after
each cleaning. The sealer is not on the surface so the coating won't scratch
or scuff. A penetrating sealer does not need to be reapplied as often
as a topical sealer because there is no surface coating to wear off.
Penetrating sealers do not protect the surface of the stone from scratching
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