Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Hollow Sounding Tiles Movement Joints Repairs Tenting

What should I do about my tile floor that made a crackle sound and become hollow sounding?

ANSWER - There is a good chance your tile floor has tented.  This is a condition when the tile is installed without resilient movement joints at the perimeters of the rooms, and then the tile…

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Will the Cold Temperatures cause Tiles to Tent, and Will the insurance provide coverage for a tented tile floor?

ANSWER - Normally it isn't the cold that leads to a tile tenting, it is the higher temperatures or moisture that causes expansion in tiles that can lead to tile tenting if the tile wasn't…

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What is causing my Ceramic Tile to Buckle / Tent up?

ANSWER - When tile debonds and buckles up we do refer to that as tile tenting.  The cause of tile tenting is normally due to several compounding conditions.  First is that normally the tile installation…

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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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What problems can occur if tile is subjected to a flood?

ANSWER - If the tile was installed correctly, it should not be damaged by being submerged in water.  Although quite often tiles are not installed correctly, and there can be resultant damages from a flood. Whether…

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Can porcelain tiles warp after they are installed?

ANSWER -  All tiles have some inherent warpage from the manufacturing process and the ANSI A137.1 is the standard that states what is allowable. Some natural stones and some quartz stones, and some concrete tiles…

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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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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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What is causing my tiles to bulge up?

ANSWER - I believe what you are describing is a condition called Tile Tenting. Ceramic tiles, particularly those that are more absorptive, will expand when subjected to heat or moisture.  If the tile installation doesn't…

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What Can I Do About Buckling/Tenting Tiles?

 ANSWER - Chances are the tiles were not installed correctly originally and there are probably a number of compounding deficiencies in how they were installed.   When the floor was cleaned it probably subjected the…

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