It takes a lot of preparation to be able to tile your kitchen and bathroom floors correctly. While the process might not be quite as difficult as fabricating an entirely new set of cabinets and rewiring your whole electrical system, there are still a variety of challenges associated with installing tile flooring.
Here are a few of those problems:
- Loose tiles. By far the most common problem with tiled floors is when tiles come loose. The tile might sound hollow or have a grinding sound when pressure is put on it, or it might actually fully come off the floor. This is a particularly big problem when tile is placed directly on concrete slabs. There are a number of reasons the tile could loosen, including a lack of soft or control joints around the perimeter and in the tilework. Ceramic tiles often expand and contract depending on the moisture and temperature, and at much different rates than plywood or concrete.
- Cracked tiles or grout. Cracks in grout could be an indication of a potential for the tiles to crack down the line. Improper installation of the subfloor beneath the tile is also a common problem leading to cracked tiles. Regardless of the reason the tiles have cracked, it’s important to replace them as soon as possible for both safety and aesthetic reasons.
- Improper materials. You need to make sure you have the right tools and materials for the job when you begin tiling a floor. For example, the subfloor materials for a bathroom might be different than the materials you use to tile the floor in your basement.
- Poor workmanship. Another common problem with tile floors is simply the quality of workmanship. There could be poor tile spacing or layout, sloppy grout work, poorly cut tiles and other issues that leave the job looking like it was done cheaply. Poor work makes it more likely for tiles to eventually break or loosen, as well.
- Moisture. If you aren’t careful about how you install tiles and subfloor, moisture could become a big problem. Mold can lead to structural problems in your home and make for some very expensive remediation needs.
Avoid the headaches commonly associated with tiling floors and get the team from Three Week Kitchens to do it for you. Contact us today for more information.