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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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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Why did my Tile tent after 16 years?

ANSWER - Tile tents for a number of compounding deficiencies.   First the tile isn't bonded as well as it should be for various potential reasons.  There probably are no movement joints at the perimeter…

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Why is the Marble Floor in my shower buckling up?

ANSWER - Not all stone have the same physical properties, and they will behave differently under various conditions relative to their physical properties.  Even a stone with the same geological classification (such as travertine or…

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What caused my Tile to Buckle?

ANSWER - All materials absorb moisture to some degree.  Ceramic tiles with a porcelain body only absorb 0.5% or less.  A glazed surface tile normally doesn't absorb any moisture in its surface.  Depending on the type…

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