Causes Of Cracked Tile Floors

Aug 31, 2023Flooring

No one wants to live with a damaged tile floor. Damaged tile floors are not only unattractive, they can also lower the value of your home. If you notice damage to your tile floor, you’ll need to call a tile flooring contractor.
Here we are going to tell you several reasons why the tiled floor begins to crack.

1.Something Heavy Fell

If the crack is isolated within a specific area, the damage was likely caused when something heavy fell. Think about the last time you might have dropped something serious.

2. Lower Tiles

Substandard slabs will not hold up as well or as long as approved slabs. The material’s durability may seem reasonable at first glance, but it can chip and crack sooner with constant use. Be sure to check with your tile supplier to determine the best option for your home.

3. Heavy Stationary Loads

As skilled tile flooring contractors, we are often asked if heavy appliances could cause tiles to crack. Most residential slabs meet breaking strength standards. The test ensures that your tile can withstand up to 250 pounds of pressure per square inch.

4. Installed Over A Control Joint

When the tile cracks, most homeowners assume it has something to do with the tile itself. However, any floor repair contractor could tell you that the tile floor you walk on is just one layer of a floor sandwich.

5. Installed On Poorly Spaced Joists

The joists are the bottommost layer of the floor and are responsible for supporting everything above. This includes the subfloor, tile, people, furniture, and everything else. However, if your contractor spreads the joists too far apart, your tile floor will have nothing underneath to support all that weight. As a result, the tiles will begin to bend and eventually crack.

6. Cracks In The Concrete Substrate

If you notice a crack that extends across several tiles, this is a sign that the concrete underneath has cracked. To prevent damages from forming in the first place, we recommend that you have your contractor install a crack-isolating membrane during tile floor installation.

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