Fix Your Broken, Cracked, Hallow & Missing Tiles
An echoing, hollow sound coming from your floor is a sign of loose or improperly installed tiles. Hollow tiles are not a home-threatening problem, but could eventually lift, crack, break and look bad. Hollow tiles are sometimes related to other problems, like loose adhesion to sub flooring or bad grouting.
When your floor tiles lift from their original position and start pushing other tiles against one another, it creates a ‘tent-like’ bump in your floor. This is known as buckled tiles. This is also known as pop up tiles or tile tenting. Buckled tiles may appear in all types of tiles, i.e. ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, etc. if proper care is not taken. The perfectly flat floor may buckle up in the different season due to temperature variations, improper installation of tiles, etc.
Over time the concrete underneath the tile expands and pressure can cause the tiles to buckle if there is not enough expansion room for the tiles.
If a floor was poorly installed or has a lot of lippage in the tiles, then this could also cause the floor to become hollow and not have the bed of thinset applied properly across the floor.
If the tile floor was installed with cheap material or lack of material, this can cause the tile floor to become loose overtime and start to lift also.
A good way to detect if your floor has any hollow tiles or problem areas is to first inspect the grout. Usually hollow tiles are moving when stepped on and the grout in between the joints will start to crack or chip away.
By using a wooden stick or pole, you are usually able to detect if there any hollow tiles in your house, by tapping the tiles and hearing a much higher pitched noise, compared to the low sound of a solid tile.
AAA Tile is able to repair hollow tiles without lifting up your whole floor or making a lot of dust!
We are able to drill small holes into the grout and inject a bonding agent underneath the floor, to glue the tiles back down to the subflooring and then repair the grout and clean up.
The injection process has saved countless floors the dust and mess of replacing the whole floor.
We also can repair broken tiles, as long as the customer has spare tiles, we can repair or replace any or all of your broken or cracked tiles.