Tile Repair and Grout Repair in Austin, TX
Everyone knows that ceramic tile in a home can look amazing. Beautiful, well maintained ceramic tile can provide stunning design and color to a room. In addition, ceramic tile can also add resale value to your home.
Of course, “well maintained” is the important part of that phrase. Dirty, cracked and stained tiles can have quite the opposite effect. Whether, it’s as part of a tiled wall, a backsplash or inside a shower, tiles that have not been cared for are not aesthetically pleasing.
Common Tile and Grout ProblemsYou may think that caring for tiles is simple, and on the whole that’s true. They are a very practical decorating solution, in that they are easy to keep clean. But, over time, tiles can loosen or crack, and the grout can become discolored. At that point it’s a good idea to get some professional help to restore your tiles to their original pristine condition. There are many tile and grout problems you may want to seek help with; these are just a few of them.
1. Loose or hollow sounding tiles
If you notice a hollow sound when your tiles are gently tapped on, or if some tiles are obviously loose, this can sometimes be the result of problems with the initial installation. It’s possible that not enough adhesive was used when installing, or the substrate the tile is attached to is not as solid as it should.
It may also surprise you to know that ceramic tiles expand and contract at a different rate than concrete or plywood. Given that most ceramic tiles are used in bathrooms and or kitchens, where they are subject to moisture and temperature changes, it’s understandable that they often start to become detached from the surface to which they were installed.
2. When cracks appear
Expansion and contraction is also a major cause of grout cracks. Grout isn’t flexible so it gives way under the strain and movement. These cracks not only look unsightly but can also be the precursor to tiles cracking as well. If grout repair is incorrectly applied this can also lead to problems. Failure to pack the grout correctly can result in air bubbles forming which eventually cause grout to crack and fall away.
Another reason for the appearance of cracks in your tiled decoration is movement in the materials to which they are attached or improperly applied adhesive. These may be a sign of something more structurally significant happening or a sign of future issues; an expert will often be able to advise you if this is the case.
3. Tiles and grout that look dirty and discolored
The last thing you want is for your bathroom or kitchen to look dirty; it doesn’t make for a very welcoming environment. Ironically, tile cleaning can actually cause your tile and grout to stain and discolor more quickly. The level of the grout between your tiles is lower than that of the tiles. When you try to clean the tile, grime and dirt residue can be wiped into the grout area.
Grout is porous, as are some tiles. It’s important that grout and porous tiles are properly sealed, as less than effective sealing can leave them susceptible to staining. A professional will make sure that grout sealing is carried out correctly.
4. The effects of mold and moisture
The perfect place for mold to breed is in areas high in moisture and humidity. A challenge is that both bathrooms and kitchens have this high moisture environment. They are also the areas of your home most likely to have ceramic tiles for decoration.
The presence of mold always needs to be investigated as most often it is due to some sort of leakage, particularly in showers. Even a small hole in grout, or cracks in and around the corners of the shower, can lead to mold building up. Tile improperly installed can allow mold to spread behind the tile making it very difficult to remove. This is when it’s very important to seek help from a professional. They have experience in dealing with detecting the source of mold. It’s vital that the source is located, as if this doesn’t happen you will continue to experience problems with mold.
Exposure to mold can cause problems such as sneezing, coughing and breathing difficulties, so you need to rid your home of all sources of mold.
Why professional help is the best way to keep your ceramic tiles looking beautifulCeramic tiling can be a major positive in the interior decoration of your home. Tiling that is done well, and maintained in good condition, can look amazing and is relatively easy to clean.
Problems can arise when your tiles and grout are not cared for and where not properly installed. Over time they can begin to crack and look stained and dirty. This can spoil the whole look of your bathroom and kitchen, and can have a detrimental effect on the value of your home, should you be looking to sell.
Tile repair is not an easy task, and maintenance needs to be undertaken with a high level of quality and care in order to maintain your ceramic tile in pristine condition. The best way to ensure this happens is to hire a professional. An experienced professional will know how to fix those issues and use the proper products to restore and maintain your beautiful tile.