Backer Board Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Floor Warming Repairs

How do I remove Loose Tiles without Damaging the Floor Warming Wires?

ANSWER - The first question is why did the tiles come loose?  If installed correctly tiles should not come loose.  Once you remove the tiles to repair you can evaluate the conditions underneath to help…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Movement Joints stone Tenting

Does lack of expansion joints cause tiles to debond or tent?

ANSWER - Expansion joints are a type of movement joint.  Movement joints are meant to mitigate expected expansion and contraction movements within the tile assembly cased by temperature variations, moisture variations or from dynamic structural movements.…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Standards

Why is our porcelain tile debonding?

ANSWER - Considering it is a porcelain tile, I would think that the warped corners were that way when they were installed.   Porcelain tiles are not moisture sensitive and they would not be expected to…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Maintenance

Can a cleaner cause ceramic tile to become unbonded?

ANSWER - A ceramic tile floor should be able to withstand cleaning with water or any type of an appropriate grout cleaner. The cleaner itself normally can't cause the tile to become debonded.   If…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures Glass Tile stone Tenting

What is the difference between Tile Debonding and Delaminated Tile and Tented Tile?

ANSWER - Whether it is stone tile or ceramic tile or porcelain tile or glass tile, if the tile becomes loose or unbonded, then we refer to that either as a tile that debonded or…

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Debonding Tile failures Movement Joints stone Tenting

What has caused my marble tiles to Tent up from the floor?

ANSWER - When there is a problem it is generally not due to one deficiency, but rather due to multiple deficiencies. Buckling marble tile or tenting marble tile is typically due to the marble is expanding…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks Debonding Tile Expert Answers failures grout installation

Is Spot-Bonding Tile an Acceptable Installation Method?

ANSWERS - it is not acceptable to spot bond tiles on floors.  For residential dry area applications, tiles are suppose to have at least 80% thin-set contact with full support at all edges and corners.…

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Debonding Tile failures stone

What caused this marble floor tile failure?

ANSWER - Keep in mind that when there is problem it is generally  not due to a single deficiency, but due to multiple compounding deficiencies. Looking at photos I note the following, but I can’t state…

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Debonding Tile failures Hollow Sounding Tiles Repairs

Is Epoxy Injecting Tiles a Reasonable Repair to a Loose and Hollow Tile Floor?

 1st ANSWER - Trying to fix the problem by injecting epoxy to fill voids in hollow sounding areas of the tile and to stabilize loose tiles is treating the symptom rather than fixing the problems.  I…

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Debonding Tile failures Movement Joints

Does the Lack of Movement Joints Cause Tile to Debond?

ANSWER - All tile installations require movement joints of one type or another at perimeters and within the field of tile.  Interior applications should have movement joints at all perimeters and transitions and every 20…

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