2 Problems That Can Happen With Stone Floor Tiles

Posted on: 28 October 2016

Installing new flooring for your home can be very exciting as a homeowner. It's your opportunity to make your home exactly how you want it, picking the materials that you like. Stone tiles can be a popular choice because the material is durable, able to withstand many years of foot traffic inside your house. The material is not invincible though, and problems can happen. Watch out for these two kinds of damage.

Loose Tiles

As the grout found between the floor tiles starts to break down because of daily wear and tear, the tiles can start to loosen. The easy fix is to simply apply some new grout between the stone tiles. Grout is easy and quick to apply by following the manufacture's instructions, but can be a bit messy when doing it on your own for the first time. You'll need to be careful to not get grout on any of the surrounding tiles when spot repairing the flooring.

Cracked and Chipped Stone Tiles

Stone tiles are vulnerable to becoming chipped or cracked over time. Sometimes it can be something as simple as running your vacuum cleaner over the tiles to cause surface level scratches that can be an eyesore. When the damage is significant, such as a crack or deep gouge, you'll need to completely replace the tile.

Grout surrounding the tile can be broken up using your putty knife, then you can pry the stone tile up until it is free from the floor. It may require removing more than the tile that is broken to get it off the floor, since neighboring tiles can be cracked inadvertently in the process. Depending on where the cracked tile is located, this may be unavoidable. Once the tile is removed, it's a matter of placing mortar on the floor, centering the replacement tiles with spaces, and applying new grout between the tiles.

This is why it's so important to have extra tiles on hand when you have stone tiles installed. It is incredibly difficult to find new natural stone tiles that match the exact color and pattern of your existing floor, so always make sure you have an extra box of tiles in storage for times like these.

DIY repair jobs like this can be complicated, so consider having a professional do them for you. Even a professional installation from the start can help limit complications that will lead to damage being caused soon after the installation is complete. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Costen Floors Inc.