KFC | Gauged Porcelain Tile For Remodels

Location: Maiden, NC
Project Type: Restaurant
Area Supplied: Dining Room, Restrooms
Products: CMC Sanders Gold Thin Tile 8″ x 32″ x 6mm
Mapei Eco Prim Grip
Mapei Ultraflex LFT Rapid
Mapei Ultracolor Plus Grout
Quantity: 1,500 Square Feet (SF)
Tile Installer: Griffin Flooring, LLC

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation, based in Louisville, Kentucky has been a well-known  restaurant brand for more than 70 years. The cook that started it all with his secret recipe, Colonel Harland Sanders, is a well-known icon around the world. Currently there are more than 20,000 KFC outlets in 125 countries and territories around the world.

KFC has been utilizing Creative Materials Corporation’s consolidated national tile supply program since 2016. Over the course of that time Creative Materials has become a trusted partner and resource to KFC.

Challenge | Tile that Won’t Budge
When the KFC in Maiden, NC was going through a much-needed remodel, the tile installer on the project quickly determined that demolition of the existing tile was not going to be an option. The tile simply would not come up even with the best possible machinery. The experienced tile installer informed the owner that a new solution would need to be found. Creative Materials was contacted as an expert and consultant to help find a solution.

The Creative Materials team reached out to the tile installer directly and went onsite with the installer and the owner to assess the best course of action. It was agreed that demolition of the existing tile was not an option, and Creative Materials suggested utilizing a relatively new technology and installation technique which involved installing gauged porcelain tile (thin tile) over the existing tile.

Solution | Tile Over Tile Using Gauged Porcelain
In a gauged porcelain tile installation, thinner tile (generally 6mm vs. 10mm for standard thickness tile) is installed directly over the existing floor tile. Installation is similar in complexity to installing standard tile. The most important element is ensuring that there is full coverage of mortar on the bottom of the tile. The following images and instructions outline how to install gauged porcelain tile. (See Step by Step installation images in case study).

Result | Win Win Win Situation
Download the case study to learn how Creative Materials helped KFC find a gauged porcelain tile solution for a tile floor that could not be removed. This case study also provides step by step guidelines for installing gauged porcelain tile (thin tile) over existing tile, outlines benefits, and details cost savings!

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