Tile Repairs Northern Beaches.
Don’t waste money replacing your kitchen or bathroom tiles… We can repair broken and cracked tiles using our ‘no tile removal’ method breathing life back into your kitchen, bathroom or laundry quickly and potentially saving you hundreds (even thousands) of dollars.
- Repair and replace cracked tiles
- Repair and/or replace chipped tiles
- Repair and/or replace drummy tiles (see definition below)
- Tile regrouting
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. Common issues and reasons why tiles crack include:
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 faulty laying of the tile initially and 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 which indicates a void below the tile.
Fast and affordable tile repair services
We offer an affordable broken and cracked tile repair service. Our Northern Beaches tilers use only quality materials that exceed the Australian Standard requirements. In the vast majority of cases we can repair without removing tiles. Because of this level of service we have no hesitation in guaranteeing for a LIFETIME.
Cracked or broken tiles? Call or text us on 0416 292 002 for all your tile repairs.
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Drummy tile repairs
What are drummy tiles? 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 »
Call or text us for drummy tile repairs on 0416 292 002 or complete our online quote form »
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 which 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.
For fast tile repairs and re-grouting call or text us on 0416 292 002 – 24 hours / 7 days.
Broken Tile Repairs Northern Beaches
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