Broken and Cracked Tile Repairs

Don’t waste money replacing your kitchen or bathroom tiles… We can repair broken and cracked tiles using our ‘no tile removal’ method, saving you hundreds (even thousands) of dollars.  

Our tiling and tile repair services. 

Our fully licensed tilers offer a fast, reliable and affordable tile repair service including:
  • Repair and replace cracked tiles
  • Repair and/or replace chipped tiles
  • Repair and/or replace drummy tiles (see definition below)
  • Tile grouting / regrouting

Repairing broken or cracked tiles can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. It also ensures you’re able to walk on the floor quickly.

Our Northern Beaches and North Shore tilers use only quality materials and our workmanship exceed the Australian Standard requirements. Over the past 25+ years, we have built a solid reputation based on our exceptional service.

We service Sydney’s Northern BeachesNorth Shore and North Sydney areas, 24 hours / 7 days.

NEW TILING PROJECT?  Visit our sister company – Northern Beaches Tiling. Our expert Northern Beaches tilers can assist with all new tiling and retiling projects. Our team are licensed and qualified to undertake all indoor and outdoor tiling for residential, commercial and strata properties.  25+ years experience. 

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The photo above shows a crack in a kitchen tile that is probably the result of inadequate adhesive coverage under the tile, leading to an uneven surface.

Why do tiles crack? 

Tiles are a solid, inflexible and highly durable flooring option. When tiles crack, contrary to most people’s opinion, it is not the cause of faulty tiles but usually a reaction to another cause.

Cracks running across several tiles

There could be several causes for this occurring. One could be movement in the substrate caused by structural problems. Movement in the substrate can cause cracks across multiple tiles running in a roughly straight line.  If tiles are laid on a concrete slab and cracks appear then the slab could be moving, due to a structural issue. Alternatively, if tiles are laid on a concrete slab, the concrete may not have been left to cure long enough and shrinkage cracks in the concrete are transferring to the tiles.  Foundation rod stress is another cause that presents itself during concrete settling and curing.

Cracks where old and new tiles meet

If cracks appear where new tiles have been laid that meet with previously existing tiles, this could indicate an expansion problem or movement in the substrate joint.

Cracks where tiles and different flooring meets

If tile cracking happens along the joint of two different flooring surfaces (eg, timber floor meets tiled floor) this could indicate movement in the joint.

Tile corners cracked

This is usually due to the faulty laying of the tile initially and the application of the tile adhesive. The tiler has probably not achieved full coverage of adhesive under the tile, leaving a voice which, when pressure is applied to the tile causes it to crack.  You can check if this is the case by tapping the crack and listening for a hollow sound that indicates a void below the tile.


For fast tile repairs, regrouting and tiling services, get in touch with our friendly team for advice. We service all Northern Beaches and North Shore suburbs 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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“Thanks to the team at Drip Dry Showers for waterproofing my shower and regrouting my bathroom tiles. It looks like new! The mould trapped in the old silicone has been removed and it’s sparkling clean. Thanks again. I’m very happy with the result.”
Customer Testimonial – Bec (via Google reviews)


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Drummy tile repairs

Drummy tiles are named so because they sound “drummy” (hollow sound like a drum) when tapped or trodden upon.  Wall tiles may sound hollow when tapped and appear like they are about to fall of the wall.

Drummy floor tiles

The typical cause of drummy floor tiles is the adhesive hasn’t formed a good bond between the tile and substrate (wall or floor), or there is hollow or missing adhesive under the tile(s).  Excessive movement of floorboards can also be the cause.  A special timber floor adhesive should also be used.

Correctly laid tiles will have 100% adhesive coverage making a sound bond. The tile and substrate effectively become one.

If incorrect adhesive coverage is used, as the floor is walked up, tiles are more likely to break, crack or chip. In extreme cases the tiles may start lifting off the floor.

Drummy wall tiles

If your newly laid wall tiles sound hollow or “drummy” when you tap on them, this could indicate an improper installation job. Probably when the tiler places the adhesive onto the tiles, he/she is not achieving 100% coverage.  Any hollow void without adhesive will sound “drummy” or hollow when tapped.

Over time, excess water penetration behind tiles can cause the adhesive to breakdown. This can also lead to a hollow sound.  This is common when inappropriate waterproofing has been done before the tiles are laid. Read more about the importance of proper waterproofing here »


For tile repairs, regrouting and all your requirements, get in touch with our friendly team for advice. We service all Northern Beaches and North Shore suburbs 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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Tile cleaning and maintenance tips

Ceramic tiles are generally very low maintenance, hard wearing and easy to keep clean.  There are some maintenance and cleaning tips you can apply to ensure your tiles stay in great condition and last for decades to come:

Cleaning wall tiles

Clean with a mild detergent or household cleaner. A mix of vinegar and warm water is another cleaning option.  Don’t use abrasive cleaners as these can cause minute scratches that attract dirt and make the tiles harder to keep clean.  Highly glazed tiles are particularly susceptible to scratching by abrasive cleaners. Stubborn stains can usually be removed with a paste of bicarbonate soda and water.

Cleaning floor tiles

The same basic rules apply to floor tiles as do wall tiles.  Never use abrasive cleaners.  For best results, tiles should be washed regularly with hot, clean water and a small amount of neutral, soapless household cleaner. Not an acidic or alkaline cleaner. Vinegar and warm water is a great natural tile cleaner. Avoid wearing spiked shoes on high gloss floors and avoid dropping heavy objects on tiles. Use gliders under furniture to prevent damage to the tile surface.