Marble Tile


Old 10-08-02, 07:39 AM
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Question Marble Tile

I am trying to buy a new house which has marble tile installed for the countertop. The tile job is poorly done in that the tiles are not level to each other and corners are not level to each other as much as 3/32". The builder/tile supplier is trying to tell us that this is an "industry standard" level of qulaity. I know that is bull but this is a small town and all installers in the area work for this supplier and getting unbiased expert input for an arbitration hearing, it that is necessary, will be impossible without going out of town. Can anyone give me a web site that has detailed information on the proper installation of flat marble tile? Thanks.
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Old 10-08-02, 05:50 PM
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Marble Institute of America

The mission of the Marble Institute of America is to promote the use of natural stone and be the authoritative source of informaton on the standards of workmanship and practice and suitable application of stone products.

Marble Institute of America
28901 Clemens Road, Suite 100
Westlake, Ohio 44145 USA
Tel: 440-250-9222
Fax: 440-250-9223

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Old 10-08-02, 05:52 PM
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Try these guys for an unbiased inspectior in your area.

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Old 10-13-02, 08:36 AM
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Good quality, expensive marble will be milled at the factory to more precise specs, thickness, color etc. Less expensive, but not necessarily less quality, will not be milled precisely, and usualy will not be uniform in color. This creates a problem in installation, but not an insolvable one. The installers must be experts in order to lay these ununiformed tiles in a level fashion. It sounds as though the builder chose to purchase less expensive marble, (which is fine) but failed to hire experienced installers hence the unevenness side to side and on the corners. They should have started out with a thicker layer of thinset enabling them to adjust to the individual differences in the thickness of the tiles.
Good luck Tom
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