FAQs & Answers
Tile & Stone
What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?
Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile made from a finer grade of clay and fired at a higher temperature. The result is a tile that is less porous and is more frost-resistant than a typical ceramic tile.
Is it necessary to install an underlayment over the sub-floor?
If you are going over a clean, smooth and flat concrete surface an underlayment is not necessary. However, in some cases it may be necessary to apply a leveling compound. If installing tile over a wood sub-floor it is necessary to install a backerboard such as “Hardiboard.” This is done in order to reduce the effect of movement of wood sub-floors.
What should be used to install tile?
Coast Tile has the recommended materials needed for proper installation of tile, glass and stone as well as mold and mildew resistant grout in a variety of colors.
Is there a difference between bathroom and kitchen tiles?
Any tile can be used on a kitchen backsplash or a bathroom wall. A particular design such as a fruit or vegetable pattern may be better suited for the kitchen. Some tiles are designed to be used only on the wall, while others may be used on walls or floors. Most floor tiles have a satin finish. Some that are good for bathroom floors may not hold up well when installed on the kitchen floor or foyer areas. These areas require a tile with a harder finish.
Do I need to seal the tile and the grout?
Natural stone products should be sealed. Glazed ceramic tiles do not need to be sealed. However, it is a good idea to seal the grout. This makes regular maintenance easier. There are stain-resistant grouts available that do not need to be sealed.
How much should I order?
Coast Tile recommends having a qualified tile installer come to the site and measure the job. The installer will be able to determine how much waste may be involved and how much to order. As a rule you should add about 5 to 10 percent for cuts and waste. If the area is cut up or multiple rooms are being done you may need to allow for more waste. Keep in mind that you will want to have enough to complete the job without having too much extra. Many tiles are special order items and excess material may not be returnable.
How do I care for my ceramic or stone products?
Coast Tile has a variety of cleaning products available. Call to ask which one is best suited for your particular product.
Can hardwood floors be used in my kitchen?
Hardwood floors are being used in many kitchens. The key to keeping a wood floor looking new is to protect it from the elements. This means keeping it clean and dry. Mats should be used to keep dirt and grit off of the surface. And spills should be wiped up immediately. Floors should be kept clean using a dry or a very slightly damp mop. Most hardwood flooring should be put on jobsite 3·4 days prior to installation in order to acclimate to temperature and humidity of the room or rooms in which it is to be installed.
Can I install hardwood in my basement?
Most basements are a concrete slab and an engineered floor is the best option. As long as moisture content has been checked and verified to be within the recommended range, engineered hardwood flooring can be installed. Most floors are either glued directly to the concrete or installed using a floating method. If there is excessive moisture the situation must be corrected before hardwood can be installed.
Can engineered hardwood floors be re-finished?
Some have a thicker wear layer and are able to be re-finished. Others may have a thinner wear layer and may not be sanded although it may be possible to apply a new coat of finish.
What about warranties on hardwood floor?
Most hardwood flooring manufacturer’s warranties are for factory defects caused by improper milling, staining or coating. Hardwood floors can be damaged and care should be taken to protect your wood flooring.