Tile and stone lippage: Part 2

By Donato Pompo, CTC, CSI, CDT, MBA

– TileLetter, March 2016, page 46

Tile lippage is the vertical displacement between two adjacent tiles of a ceramic, glass, or stone tile installation. Excessive lippage can lead to a number of problems: the edge of the tile with excessive lippage can have a propensity to chip; furniture and appliances can get caught on edges and not slide easily across the floor; and most important today is that excessive tile lippage can be a safety hazard particularly to the elderly with our aging population. Read article here.

2 thoughts on “Tile and stone lippage: Part 2

  1. hazel holifield says:

    I have read both your articles on lippage and I thank you for them.
    As a owner of a newly built home, I believe my tile job is appalling and far from industry standards. We moved in our house in November 2018.
    Can you recommend a course of action for me?
    I appreciate any help you can give, this is a very distressing situation.
    Thanks for your time.

    • Donato Pompo says:

      It depends on the laws in your state and whether it is practical or not to pursue litigation. If you think it might be practical to pursue litigation then contact an attorney who specializes in Construction Defect litigation to see what they think. It is never cheap. If it is worthwhile then the attorney can retain our services to perform the forensic investigation to identify any defects and determine how best to remediate those defects.

      Of course, you can also retain us directly if you don’t think it will go to litigation, but again depending on whether it is practical to do so.

      It may or may not be practical to hire an expert of our caliber depending on your situation. As experts, we do charge for all of our time spent on the project. Of course, if you don’t understand what caused the problem, you won’t be in a position to know how to repair the problem and prevent it from reoccurring. Also it is a lot cheaper to prevent problems than to have to fix the problem.

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