Tile floor problem


John P. Bridge (11-23-2011)

Expansion and Movement Joints in Tile Floors

I can’t recall how many times people have told me they heard a loud “crack” in the night, and when they investigated they found that a large area of their tiled floor had lifted an inch or two off the substrate beneath it. In the tile business the phenomenon is called “tenting,” in that the result often looks like two rows of tile pitched together into a peak. Other times the affected area will simply delaminate without displaying the tenting effect. It’s still tenting, though, just a different shaped tent. Close inspection often shows that more than one area of the floor has delaminated. Several sections might have lifted, not necessarily simultaneously but very close to it. And then, at times the delamination is only apparent when the floor is tapped upon or when someone walks across it wearing high heels. The floor doesn’t sound solid; it sounds “hollow” instead.

There are several...

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Hello to all who take an interest in my problem, I appreciate it. We have installed a porcelain tile floor in the foyer of our new church. The problem is, that we laid a subfloor of 3/4 inch plywood without making sure there were no gaps underneath{haste has made some waste}. There is a small area,approximately 14"x14", that is causing the grout to crack because it is unstable. Our tile guy is from Florida and was positive that we could purchase an injectable epoxy to stabilize this small area, but the most knowledgeable company here in Pittsburgh told me to post my problem on this website as there is no such product available here. Does anyone have an idea on what we should use?

Thanks and God...

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I am in the process of pulling all the carpet in my downstairs and replacing it with laminate flooring. This consists of my dining room (working ion now), family room and living room. These 3 rooms had carpet so is all the same height.

However I have found out that the builder reinforced the kitchen and hall with an extra layer of 1/4 inch playwood. This in itself wouldnt be so bad, however I have laid 1/4 inch tile on top of that.

SOOO I now have over 1/2 inch of drop from the tile to the subfloor of the dining and family rooms. With the laminate I am using I get about 1/4 inch of heigth.

So my question is this. How do i transition form a higher (by 1/4 inch) tile floor to the lower laminate floor? (ps the end of the tile was not capped as it was covered with a metal drop down transition and wouldnt show)

Thanks so much in advance!! Any thoughts or ideas would be...

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Decide where you want to start your tile.

Most people decide to lay tile from the center of the room outward, which is important if you're dealing with even-sized tiles. This method will create a nice effect in the center of the room, but tiles in the edges of the room will need to be cut. You may decide to start tiling from another spot in the room, especially if you're using irregular-sized tiles. You may choose to have uncut tiles on the sides of the room and work from there if cabinets, sofas, or other furniture is covering tiles on one side of the room. This article will assume that you want to start from the center of the room and work outward.

Make sure you do a dry layout with your tile and spacers directly on the cement board before you lay down the mortar. A dry layout will allow you to visualize the room as it might be when everything is finished. Experiment with different layouts until the right one catches your...
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you can skip the mats and uncoupling sheets - they are just costly diy garbage sold to shortcutters. put down a layer of 6 oz fiberglass mesh for crack isolation and stopping deflection in the floor. however, you are not going to be able to get away from the fact that tile has to be laid with enough good quality polymer modified cementitous mortar under it. 12 x 12 needs at least a 1/4" square notch, and will be better with a 5/16 square. you cant use mastic on a ceramic tile if you want it to stand up over time. they must be bedded in a mortar, not an adhesive (glues are for flexible floor materials, mortars for rigid materials)

fyi - you can install a thinner threshold if you wish, you just install it on a slope when you bed it in the mortar. it gives a nicer look and there is no huge lip - just a smooth transition from floor a to floor...

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Tile floors have a lot going for them. They're handsome, durable, and easy care. To add even more to their appeal, individual floor tiles are also relatively simple to repair or replace if they become damaged. This means that you'll avoid the bother -- and the expense -- of installing a new floor.

Here are 8 common tiled floor problems and their solutions:

Small chips in tile. Find a shade of nail polish to match the tile (with today's range of offbeat polish colors, that shouldn't be too difficult -- and you can mix shades to get the hue you're looking for). Dab it delicately onto the chipped spot. The color of the tile floor repair may darken over time; if so, remove with acetone and redo this quick fix. Larger chips or holes in tile. Pack large chips or holes in your tile floor with ceramic filler, blending colors as necessary to make an inconspicuous patch job. When dry, sand smooth and protect with a coat of lacquer. Cracked tile. Use siliconized caulk to fill in...
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SWANSEA, Ill. – The Wolf Branch School District 113 held an emergency board meeting Monday night to try and address the problem of wall cracks, as well as buckling tile and pavement at Wolf Branch Middle School in Swansea.

Some areas of the school building are now closed while investigators determine whether the worst of the ground shifting is over.

The board unanimously approved a plan Monday to give the superintendent authority to expedite the contracting process if emergency help is needed. Wolf Branch School District 113 Superintendent Scott Harres said the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has a program that could fund emergency repairs if any sudden changes put the safety of student in jeopardy. He said the vote Monday night was a way to have a backup plan.

The district sent a letter to parents notifying them about the problem and explaining what steps will be taken to address the situation.

“Safety is the number one concern. We’re not...

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Tile floors are durable, stain-resistant, fire-resistant and long-lasting when correctly installed. Loose or lifting tiles, unfortunately, create an unsightly blight on the floor and a hazard to anyone walking barefoot. The process of repairing loose tiles depends on how many tiles are affected and the reason they’re coming loose. In some cases, it’s a simple fix. If the problem is widespread, however, repairs can be labor-intense and costly.

Wrong Adhesive

Thinset, a masonry adhesive, usually works best when installing floor tiles, but inexperienced tile setters often make the mistake of applying a layer of tile glue because it’s easier and less messy. Tile glue can release if moisture gets under the tiles, causing them to come loose. If the problem is confined to just a couple of tiles, you can remove the loose ones, scrape the old glue from the back of the tiles and from the underlayment, and re-glue and replace each tile. This is only a stop-gap measure, however,...

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7 photos of Heated Tile Floor Problems. The tile floor is a floor made of clay and coated with glazing. There are two types of tile floors there are glazed ceramic and porcelain tiles, you will find ceramics with various motifs and when you look for it in store building. Ceramics with large size creates the appearance that creates an impression opens more space. So for a small room, tiling with large size will create the impression of more space. While the small size of the ceramic by creating the impression box chessboard may be a fit with your accent. [Keyword] is the idea of the tile floor that we provide to you, but not only heated tile floor problems many types and models of ceramic floor that we provide here. Use the search field to allow you to search other types of ceramic floor...

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DEAR TIM: Cleaning a tile floor is my next big project. The grout lines are filthy, and I’ve not discovered an easy way to restore the tile. Is there a magic product that will clean floor tile? Once they are clean, what’s the easiest way to keep the floor grout clean? Should I invest in one of the tile floor cleaning machines? Michelle S., Corvallis, OR

DEAR MICHELLE: Cleaning tile floors used to be a nightmare for me, as we had a boatload of them in our last home. To make it worse, we had brilliant white floor tile with light-gray grout in our kitchen and breakfast area. I knew when I was installing each piece that it was going to be a challenge to keep it clean. Add to the mix three small kids and soon the grout around the refrigerator, stove and kitchen sink was nearly black.

It took me years to discover how to clean tile floors the easy way, and one that didn’t harm my family, pets and the colored grout. Little did I know that I was way ahead of the current Green...

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FLOOR FRAMING & SUBFLOOR for TILE - CONTENTS: How to frame and install subfloor to support ceramic tile, stone, marble, granite, and similar finish floor materials. Floor Deflection Problems in Tile Floors Lacking Stiffness. Subflooring Requirements for Tile Floors. Two-Layer Subflooring System for Ceramic Tile Floors. Floor Substrates for Ceramic Tile: Concrete, Cement Backerboard, Plywood, Drywall, Plaster. Plywood Underlayment Specifications for Tile for Floors or Countertops: plywood type, fasteners, isolation membrane, etc. POST a QUESTION or READ FAQs about floor preparation for tile installation: framing, subflooring, underlayments, stiffness specifications or allowable deflection, and how to stiffen a floor that needs that improvement. REFERENCES

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Floor framing for ceramic tile installations:

This article discusses floor...

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Pick a color of grout.

The color of the grout will affect whether people notice the beauty of the individual tiles, or the overall pattern of the tiles. Light grout tends to accentuate the individual tiles by blending in, becoming "invisible," while dark grout tends to accentuate the pattern of the tiles, their overall structure on the floor.




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Choose a color that matches the tile if you want the floor to have a continuous appearance. If you installed the tile yourself and the grout lines aren't perfectly straight, a matching color of grout can help conceal these imperfections. Choose a color of grout that contrasts the tile color if you want the individual tiles to stand out. If you installed tiles with...
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Porcelain tile for a garage floor generally isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when looking at tile flooring options. Besides, it’s only used inside our home and not in our garage, isn’t it? Or is it?

Well contrary to what you may have thought, more and more residential garages are being tiled with porcelain today. After all, it’s so durable that it is used quite frequently for such things as showroom floors for prestigious auto dealerships, professional automotive mechanic garages, drive-through hotel porticos and many other commercial applications that involve vehicles – so why not your own garage?

Benefits of Porcelain Garage Floors

The reason it is being used in these numerous applications are quite simple. Porcelain tile looks luxurious, is extremely durable, and is easy to maintain. Because of its extremely high density when manufactured, it absorbs very little moisture which makes it almost impervious to any kind of stains. This also...

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Useful D.I.Y. guides are freely available from Head office. The D.I.Y. guides are also downloadable from the website at www.tfc.co.za/diy-guides/

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Before we get started with the floor leveling, there are a few tools you will see that I use in this step. Most of these tools you probably already own and if you don’t, then you will need to get these tools to be able to do this yourself. They are tools that you will need to install the tile anyway, so you should be covered. More on what you need later.

I am going to simplify floor leveling as much as possible. Just be sure to follow these simple steps that I will layout for you and all will be good.

Tools and supplies that you will need for floor leveling-

4ft level or straight edge(if you don’t have one that is okay) Chalk line trowel with a flat side(you can use the back side of your tile trowel) modified thin set carpenters pencil(the rectangle pencil you can get at the lumber yard) bucket and water sponge

Tip 1- Stretch out a chalk Line to find dips and humps

Whether the room is 20 x 20 or 4 x 5 the methods are the same for floor leveling. Have...

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