Repairing tile can be a very tedious job. It can be done by the homeowner. But it’s a very messy and dirty job. We can do your repairs in a quick and timely manner, and it will save you the pain and heartache of doing the job yourself.
In most all cases, damaged tile should be replaced. The big question, Did you save some extra tile from the original installation to make repairs? If you have a common tile, it may possible to buy new pieces, though there may be some slight color or even size variations. We are a Professional tile installation and grout repair company. We specialize in repairing tiles and can make new grout match the old. If you don’t have the spare tile, it’s very possible to lay out a pattern combining some new tile with the old tile to make it look nice and give it that unique look.
Here’s Some Common Types Of Damage
Chipped, cracked or broken tile is often created from something being dropped and should be replaced.
Scratched tile should usually be replaced. Most tiles are glazed with glass, that’s what gives them their waterproof qualities. Damage to the glaze puts the tile structure at risk. Deep scratches can also be a cosmetic problem. Often a tile’s coloration is on the surface. Deeper scratches will show the white or red ceramic underneath.
Tile discoloration is very rare. Usually a tile’s color is set during the firing process. If for some reason discoloration happens, replacement is the only option.
Virtually all new shower and kitchen installations develop cracks in certain grout joints within the first five or so years after a new home is constructed, regardless of the price or location of the home.
Sometimes the tile looks as good as new but the grout is cracked and missing. Professional grout cleaning can remove years of stains and dirt from grout by carefully hand scrubbing each grout joint with special commercial tile and grout cleaner. The grout can then be sealed with penetrating grout sealer to minimize future stain problems.
The color of grout can often be changed without re-grouting. The process also stain proofs the grout so that dirt and spills are unable to penetrate into the grout in the future. When grout is missing, cracked and stained beyond cleaning, it can be regrouted. After sufficient curing, the new grout should be sealed with a good penetrating sealer.
That moldy caulking is unsightly and unsanitary, it can also allow water to leak into the walls. The most common problem is at the joint between bathtub and tile or shower pan and tile. If these joints are not fixed immediately, great damage to the structure can occur. Professionals can remove the old caulk, clean and apply mildew-cide to the open joints, then thoroughly dry, wipe the surface with solvent and apply a new bead of mildew resistant caulk to the open joint.
In the kitchen, the cracked backsplash joints are mostly a cosmetic irritation. But because shower and tub cracks can lead to serious water damage behind the tile, these joints should be properly repaired in a timely manner. If allowed to leak for long periods of time, bacteria can grow in the damp wallboards and wood behind the tile. The problem goes beyond tile repair making it necessary to hire a general contractor to replace all the rotten materials.
All tile is subject to damage, especially by impact. However, porcelain tile is becoming increasingly popular because they are very tough. These man-made tiles are harder than granite. razor blades won’t even scratch them. Porcelain tiles also have consistent color from top to bottom. Scratches are extremely rare, but if they occur, they have little cosmetic or structural impact.
What Can I Do About Hollow Tile?
Occasionally, a floor will sound hollow even when the tile is well bonded. This can occur when a mortar bed method is used and the mortar has delaminated from the supporting layer or when the subfloor itself is not sufficiently thick or well attached. Other systems that intentionally separate the tile layer from the substrate (such as the mortar bed with a cleavage membrane system. It should be closely examined by a professional to ascertain if hollow sounds necessarily imply that the tile is not bonded. While a tile floor with hollow spots is not ideal, it does not mean that floor failure is imminent. On the contrary, over concrete if there is no deflection in the floor; grout and gravity will help keep the floor in place. Over wood, floor failure is more likely to occur, movement in the subfloor can cause grout to break away from the tile, causing instability of the flooring.
Basically what I am saying, have a professional to check the floor before you tear it out and replace it. We here at Country Custom Tile will give you professional and honest answer.