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• All tile and setting material is not created
equal. Are yours up to the task?
• Tile Industry and substrate trades
guidelines, valuable resouces.
• Is your available labor qualified to do the
It is all about
The right materials for the application
The right method for the application
The right labor skills for the job
American Concrete Tile Council of North America
Institute American National Standards
• ACI 302.2R-21 • F-113
• CHAPTER 5—FLOOR COVERING slab to be well cured, dimensionally
AND ADHESIVE MANUFACTURER’S stable, and free of cracks, waxy or oily
RECOMMENDATIONS films, and curing compounds.
• 5.1—Introduction • ANSI A108.01
The architect and engineer should • 18.104.22.168
communicate to ensure that the • Do not use liquid curing compounds or
requirements for floor coverings in other coatings that may prevent
Division 9 of Construction bonding of tile setting materials to
Specifications Institute (2000) slabs. Use control joints through the
specifications are compatible with slab and tile finish as specified or
Division 3 requirements for concrete in where cracks are anticipated.”
the same specification
Engineered Wood Assoc. Tile Industry
• maximum variation in plywood
surface shall not exceed 1/4"
in10'-0" and 1/16" in 1'-0" from
the required plane. Adjacent
edges of plywood sheets—
www.apawood.or max. 1/32" above or below
g each other.
• floor systems, including the
framing system and subfloor
panels, over which tile will be
installed shall be in
conformance with the IRC
Big Tile and Patterns
Consider 1/3 offset with Make sure modular
12x24 tile patterns fit
To minimize any natural warpage
This recent Standards revision now includes a
category for Rectified Tile
Lippage Allowances (minus
Tile Type Tile Size Grout Joint Width Allowable
Glazed wall/Mosaics 1” x 1” to 6”x6” 1/8” or less 1/32”
Quarry 6” x 6” to 8”x8” 1/4“ or greater 1/16”
Paver (porcelain) All 1/8” to 1/4“ 1/32”
Paver (porcelain) All 1/4“ or greater 1/16”
1/32” of an inch is .0312 or about the thickness of a credit card
1/16” of an inch is .0625 or about the thickness of a penny
Always Provide Movement Joints
• interior — 20’ to 25' in each
• exterior — 8' to 12' in each
• interior tilework exposed to
direct sunlight or moisture — 8’
• where tilework abuts
• same as grout joint, but not
less than 1/4".