The Common Tile Problems


1. What causes Tile to pop up or buckle?

There are a number of reasons for a Tile floor may loosen, the most common of which are, a floor expansion or shrinkage, unclean setting surface, incorrectly or poorly mixed bonding mortar, moisture and incorrect installation. This type of problem can be easily avoided by using proper total tile adhesive techniques.

2. Why moisture comes up through Tile?

Generally this problem arises in wet areas such as bathroom, kitchen, swimming pool and water tank. "Prevention is better than Cure", therefore a proper waterproof ng must be done before tile installation to avoid these problems. As once it happens it is diff cult to identify where the leak is, not only that but rectifying this kind of problem is time and money consuming.

3. Why Tiles and Stones fall off the wall?

There are many reasons that tiles won't stay up, some of the common ones are; the plaster underneath isn't primed, the tiles have not been cleaned properly, Adhesive has not been applied properly, grouting is done too early, incorrect tile grout is used, tiles have not been properly grouted and tiles have not been left to set. This type of de-bonding can be avoided by selecting right tile adhesive and tile grouts.

4. How to avoid dirty tile joints?

If you are buying costly tiles and filling those tile joints / gaps with cement at the joints; then this problem will definitely arise. Cement is a high water and oil absorbing and non-flexible material; so it tends to crack over a period of time as it accumulates dirt and becomes dirty joints. This can be avoided by using spacers and applying Epoxy grout. Epoxy grouts are stain free, has excellent water-resistance and is maintenance free.

5. Why does Tile sound hollow?

If your floor tiles are hollow sounding, you really need to take some action. This situation will generally become obvious in traditional or conventional tile installation method, due to not enough mortar under the tiles or 'dobbing' of the mortar under the tiles. This leaves hollow voids, when the wrong adhesive has been used and it has not been bonded with the tiles or substrate, in wet areas the adhesive is not suitable and has broken down or the mortar has been skinned before the tiles were laid. This means that the mortar was put down and left too long and the surface has dried.

6. Why Tiles develop cracks over a period of time?

It is hard to determine the exact cause of a crack without an inspection but cracks in tile can be caused by several reasons. When the tile is bonded to the concrete, any movement in the concrete will cause a crack in that layer. If cracks occur in the concrete, they will reflect through the tile, this is called reflective cracking. This type of cracking can be easily avoided by using a proper tile adhesive.