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The correct subfloor structure is critical to performance

Ceramic tile, more than any other form of flooring, requires the proper subfloor system and setting materials. A double subfloor system with the total thickness of 1-1/4 in., over floor joists 16 in. on center is required. The top subfloor layer should be exterior grade plywood or an underlayment specifically designed for ceramic tile installation like cementous backboard.

Special setting materials are available which will allow ceramic tile installations over existing floors that are solid and already meet the above requirements. Failure to provide a sturdy base can cause grout to crack and release or tile to crack.

Although many ceramic tiles look the same, there are quality differences

The quality of raw materials, the firing process, and the sophistication of glazing applications that create realism will determine the quality of the finished product. These quality differences are often reflected in the price.

Selecting the right surface glaze is an important step when selecting floor tile

Floor tiles are rated for glaze wear and slip resistance, which are important factors to consider. Glaze ratings should exceed 3 for residential applications with the exception of bath areas that can use tiles rated 2. Tiles with a slip resistant rating of 0.5 or better should work well in most indoor residential applications.

Use caution when selecting tile for installations outdoors. Unglazed quarry tiles, tiles with heavily textured surfaces, or porcelain paver tiles, all with slip resistant ratings of 0.6 or greater are possibilities. They must also be frost resistant.

Request the best in setting materials

New latex modified mortars and grouts provide better strength while also allowing greater flexibility.

Special Caution

Dropping objects on ceramic tile–particularly heavy ones–can chip even the best tiles.


We have everything you need from start to finish:

A Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff
Sample Check-Out Service
In-home Consultations

Guaranteed Installation
Finance Options
Complete Warranty Service


Our staff offers the years of real-world flooring experience and knowledge not often found in the large national chain stores. Because we are locally-owned, we want to help you make the right flooring and installation decisions for your home and ensure your satisfaction for years to come.


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Burton Carpet Shoppe & Flooring

12300 Kinsman Road
PO Box 575
Newbury, Ohio 44065

Just West of Route 44 and Route 87 on the North side in a small brick strip mall.

Phone: (440) 564-8151

Toll-Free: (888) 811-1507

Store Hours

Mon: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thur: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: CLOSED 9/15 for WomenSafe Benefit