By Donato Pompo, President of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc

ANSI A108 states that a tile installer must inspect the surfaces and conditions of a job before proceeding with a tile installation. If there are any conditions that would prevent a satisfactory tile installation, then the work should be suspended, and the tile contractor should notify the owner’s representative in writing.

This can be an opportunity that leads to extra work, which means more money for the tile installer. For example, if a substrate needs to be corrected to meet industry standards, this increases the bottom line.

Beware! “Installation Constitutes Acceptance,” as quoted in all product warranties, puts the liability on the installer, because if anything goes wrong after-the-fact, the tile installer ends up with the problem in their lap!

Remember, expensive failures can be avoided when problems are identified before the tile is installed!