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Old 07-03-2007, 12:33 PM   #16
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We have applied this product in our kitchen w/grout. We are very happy and are planning on doing the bathroom next.

About the grout smearing, it will smear, even after set, if cleaned with an ammonia product.

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Old 07-04-2007, 10:28 AM   #17
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The purpose of the cement board is to "decouple" the tile from the plywood...that's all..nothing more.
Please explain this one to me. How is it decoupling the tile from the plywood when the tile is bonded to the backer board with thinset, and the backer board is bonded to the plywood with screws AND thinset?

The logic defies me.

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Contrary to popular belief, it's not meant as a "flex stopper". You should have the floor within flex tolerances before the rock is installed.
On this we will definitely agree.

In my opinion, using a 1/4", 3/8", or even a 1/2" backer board over a single 3/4 plywood subfloor is a sure way to have to much flex (depending on the floor span of course), which will can cause the grout cracking issues.
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I had Congoleum Duraceramic professionally installed in 2004 - I love the look and the feel. But after only one year, the tiles began to get little holes all over the surface! Has anyone had a problem like this? What started as maybe a dozen holes is now more than 75! After more than a year of calling, waiting, and inspectors coming and going, Congoleum decided I must have made the holes myself and refuses to stand behind their warranty. They claim no one else has had this problem, is there anyone out there who has? At this point, I would never recommend duraceramic to anyone any more! As for the epoxy grout, it was a mess and took the installers three trips to get it right. Then I still had to clean it off my tiles on my hands and knees with a scrubber, but it has never cracked or stained.
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Do not buy this product and do not be taken in by Congoleum's so-called lifetime warranty. We are two adults who wear slippers in the house. No pets. No children. After less than a year, there are spots on our Duraceramic kitchen floor where the surface has come off. I bought this product because of Congoleum's lifetime "will not wear out" warranty, but Congoleum says the damage to my floor is not covered by the warranty. In fact, they suggested that we had caused the damage by dropping or dragging heavy objects across it. All we have done is walk on it for less than a year.
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If you get into a shouting match with a flooring company, look up "Independent Floor Inspectors" in the YP. they're out there and this is what they do. They give independent analyses of flooring problems and their cause. May be worth $250 to have one in...
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Do not buy this product and do not be taken in by Congoleum's so-called lifetime warranty. We are two adults who wear slippers in the house. No pets. No children. After less than a year, there are spots on our Duraceramic kitchen floor where the surface has come off. I bought this product because of Congoleum's lifetime "will not wear out" warranty, but Congoleum says the damage to my floor is not covered by the warranty. In fact, they suggested that we had caused the damage by dropping or dragging heavy objects across it. All we have done is walk on it for less than a year.
Yea, instead of pasting crap about Duraceramic which has never been a problem for me since the beginning, perhaps you should get another inspector.

I have to tell people their lam damage is because of moisture and quite often they say "I never spill anything on it!"

Regardless - it's water damage. It's obvious.

I would assume the duraceramic inspector thought your damage was obvious too.
If you think otherwise....prove them wrong with your own inspector.

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