Instead, you can simply remove the tile and replace it with a new one. Unfortunately, marble is a natural material, and the colors tend to run in trends that change over time. Just make sure that you wear safety goggles, as shards can fly and hurt your eyes if you are not properly protected. Start by taking the tip of your nail press, and placing it against the center of the tile.

While you should use some force, you don’t want to get carried away and hit the marble too hard, causing it to collide with surrounding pieces. You can then take the hammer and tap the end of the chisel so that it buries its way into the grout and up under the tile. Once the chisel is under the tile sufficiently you should be able to lift it and peel the material up from the cement board underneath. Any rises or depressions in this surface will act like bubbles of weakness beneath the tile and may lead to further cracking down the line. That is why before you proceed, you should take a foam brush and apply a light coat of a marble surface sealing agent to its surface. Then apply it directly to the back of the replacement tile using a ¼” notched trowel.

As you place the tile in position, use tile spacers at each corner to ensure that the grout lines are consistent. This will allow you to see if there are any bends, warps, or curves along its length. Then, use a rubber mallet to tap the wood down on top of the tiles to ensure that it sets even with the surface of the others. You will then want to allow the adhesive to thoroughly dry over the course of the next 24 hours. Then mix a little bit of it, and allow it to dry over the course of a couple of hours. Before proceeding, you may want to apply sealer to the surrounding marble tiles so that they are not stained by the grout. Don’t apply too much, and do your best to direct it down into the grooves and off the surface of the marble pieces. This may not be necessary, but the seal does have a subtle effect on this materials sheen and surface gloss. It is also recommended that additional coats of sealer be applied to the installation, periodically every 6-12 months.

That doesn’t mean that you have to live with the imperfection or replace the entire floor, though. You may be able to purchase a replacement tile from the original source.

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That is why you should always save a few tiles from the original batch whenever you do an installation. At the same time, you want to get as much grout out as possible so that it will be easier to remove the tile itself. Safety gloves can also help to protect your hands from cuts that can occur.

Then take a hammer, and strike the back of the nail press sharply on its head. If necessary, strike the nail press a couple of times until a sizeable crack forms in the tile. As you do this, make sure that you maintain a shallow angle with the chisel, as you do not want to accidentally drive it down and damage the subfloor beneath. Then take medium grade sandpaper, and sand down the remaining surface area, with an eye towards making it as smooth and flat as possible. If necessary, you may need to repair dents or damage in the subfloor using a leveling compound. That will create an invisible barrier over the tile so that adhesive and mortar will not damage or stain it. Make sure to trace furrows in the mortar with the notched edge, as this will help the tile adhere to the subfloor.

You can gauge the straightness of the wood by placing one end near your eye and the other near the floor, ​sighting down it. Place the wood over the new tile so that it stretches across a few adjacent pieces. A screwdriver can be used to remove any mortar that seeped up along the grout lines while placing the replacement piece.

Once it has you can take a pair of pliers, and carefully remove the tile spacers from the four corners of the pieces. This will show you what it will look like ​no your floor and will let you gauge how closely the colors match up. Once satisfied, mix another small batch of grout and apply it to the seams of the replacement tile with a grout float. Applying a coat to the entire installation will help to create a sense of uniformity in the room.

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Professionals often replace a damaged tile, but this isn’t necessary with a hairline crack, for which epoxy filling provides an effective way to seal and hide the crack. Clean the cracked tile with a cloth and soapy water to remove surface dirt and grime. The unglazed tile exposed by the crack absorbs water that isn’t easily wiped dry, so run a hair dryer over it for about 15 minutes to completely dry the tile.

Squeeze equal amounts of each chamber of a two-part, clear marine epoxy out onto a piece of cardboard. Dip a narrow paintbrush or a toothpick into the epoxy and dab the epoxy directly into the crack.

While most types of tile can handle a lot of abuse, they are not indestructible, and hairline cracks may occur. Patching hairline cracks is preferable to replacement because attempting to remove a tile can result in damage to the adjacent tiles. Do not get paint on the tile’s glazed surface adjacent to the crack. Cover the cracked tile if necessary to protect it from foot traffic and leave the paint to dry overnight.

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Apply in small amounts and use just enough epoxy to bring the epoxy level with the top of the tile along the length of the crack.

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Tiles are cappuccino marble and subfloor is wood boards 15mm on wood joints. One thing we did about week ago we used electric chisel to dig some concrete in kitchen right beneath bathroom not sure if vibrations caused by hammer may got something to do with floor damage ? Point is, it’s split down the middle, probably where a join is? I saw another floor recently done by a guy with a fantastic reputation who tiled a floor and the grout has huge long linear cracks through most of the joins so much so you can wiggle the grout out like a loose tooth.

No idea how long it would last, would depend entirely on floor movement and fitting technique used.

We used 6mm plywood board and 6mm cement backer board to strengthen subfloor, first we installed tile backer board and then ply board ply was in one piece (as it is relatively small bathroom) and then ply was screwed to subfloor with around 200mm spacing between screws, on top of ply we used acrylic sealant. There are too many types, and suppliers often don’t know which one they have and whether it’s good enough for tiling to (although they often say it is). I saw another floor recently done by a guy with a fantastic reputation who tiled a floor and the grout has huge long linear cracks through most of the joins so much so you can wiggle the grout out like a loose tooth.

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What is the best product with which to fill these holes and hopefully prevent the weakness extending further? Acid etching is another issue, marble is a type of limestone which dissolves in acid. In addition to preventing floor movement you have the application of the floor thinset. Location of seams on the sub floor is also critical all sub floor seams must be properly fastened down. This will result also in a crack in the floor with the seams often telegraphing up to the surface of the tile face. Using a tile backer board, cement board also acts in the same manner. This movement or difference in movement from the two materials is what prevents the tiles from cracking and coming loose.

If the substrate is inadequate, there is not much that can be done to the tile itself.

Floors and kitchen counters are poor choices due to marbles “softness” and staining potential. I will add it is much harder to do a low cost floor as you need to over kill the install to prevent cracks while a better quality floor tile can take a bit of a beating before it cracks. Depending upon the size of the tiles being placed and you do not properly back butter the larger tiles and use thinset that has started to dry out you will for sure see cracks due to tile movement. If you lay your tile directly on a wooden surface the bond between the thinset and the wood will soon fail. What the uncoupling membrane does is allows wood movement without causing the tile and thinset from failing. The wood moves below the cement board while the cement board expands and contracts at the same rate as the tile and thinset.

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Because the cause is hidden below tile, you cannot easily investigate this cause or fix it.

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Doorways are another common spot for impact-related tile cracks because items may be dropped while opening the door. In this test, floor tiles are run through a machine that exerts loads on an unsupported 1-inch square area.

Since it is almost certain that concrete will crack, why not place those cracks where they can be kept track of?

Joists that are spaced too far apart will allow for deflection in the plywood subfloor, thus allowing the finish floor tile to bend, which it does not want to do. Chances are good that this concrete, if it is a few years old, has a long crack or two running through it. When concrete substrate cracks, this is transmitted to the tile above in the form of a reflective crack. If you have a new home with cracked tile, there is a distinct possibility that the concrete did not cure long enough.

In most cases, the problem is not with the tile but with the material below the tile. Sometimes, you will see a chip taken out of the tile where the object hit. As long as the tile does not break under 250 pounds of pressure, it is considered compliant. A sizable refrigerator such as a 22 cubic foot side by side model weighs about 300 pounds, representing about 75 pounds per square inch of breaking force on each of its four legs. So, it is not prudent to use tile to bridge a line that you know in advance will expand. Even though concrete seems like the perfect substrate for tile, it too has its own problems. If the tile cracks are long, continuous, and extending across multiple tiles, likelihood is high that the concrete below has cracked.

As the concrete cures, the water evaporates and the concrete shrinks.

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Shrinkage cracks in the concrete slab can telegraph up through the tile. Some cracks are the result of excessive voids under the tile that have been subjected to some point load that the tile couldn’t resist. What thinset, grout to use when installing new tile in a spa?

The larger cracks appear to be structural, “heaving cement underneath” and will likely be replaced.

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If you have areas with large cracks, it may be that they were hairline cracks when they began or they were caused by a separate problem. Structural cracks normally have vertical displacement and is a concrete slab or ground problem.

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The crack is one foot from the back wall, and runs across the whole back wall. I noticed the cracking(hairline) in the floor tiles when we moved in ( 18 months ago). It transpired (our builder lives 5 minutes away) according to him that he has a notion that the tiler used wall adhesive on a section of the floor. I noticed a hairline crack near our sliding door in the kitchen (not very big) and near the dishwasher.

Des no serious cracks in walls and ceilings and if that hasn’t happened then all is well.

We have heard a cracking noise which we didnt identify, which probably was the tiles. Is there any other checks i should do to ensure there isnt anything more serious ?

You must get homebond involved incase this isn’t the end of it. I think it has actually worsened in the last 3 months – that is, the crack has gotten longer. There are no cracks anywhere else in walls etc, which would point to a major fault. It looks like there is hotwater pipe beneath them going to/from the boiler. Well, if figures cause this guy does a good job but suffers from depression and just our luck that he had a bout of it just before finishing the job! We had an excellent tiler in who is going to do the repair work. Still waiting for the job to be done but at least, if there is any more damage, it will definitely happen now in this heat!

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After cure, the entire crack is ground with aggressive diamonds so as both sides of the travertine and the new epoxy filler are all flush with one another.

As you can see from the after picture, we saved the new homeowner from having to replace such a beautiful floor. Before filling the crack with color matching epoxy, we must remove all stained material from the side of the crack. If a tile is cracked, or hollow sounding because the tile is loose and not bonded to the sub floor, we can perform epoxy injections to glue and strengthen the bond. The epoxy repaired area will be stronger bond than the surrounding install.

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One of many advantages’s of travertine stone floors is the ability to repair and refinish the area to like new condition. In the right hands, unsightly floor cracks can be a thing of the past. The process is slightly different due to the surface texture of the brushed surface. You can see in the left picture this crack repair took 4 different colors to match the stone at hand. The crack had a lot of deflection (different height level) and was potentially dangerous if the kids were walking in barefoot. However the consequence in doing so exposes the small voids, air pockets, within the stone body.

The damage area of stone near the crack must be removed, we will often use dremel type tools to remove only what’s necessary before repairing holes. In this case we injected epoxy adhesive under the broken tile pieces to secure and raise to level close to surrounding stone.

This was repaired using a level 5/5 repair process whereas the crack is diamond “dremeled” to remove any stained material from the side of the crack, polyester epoxy’s are color matched to the stone and the crack is over filled. The entire floor is then diamond honed and finished to the customers goal. Cracks are prepped, color match to surrounding stone colors, and finished to same finish as the travertine. Even difficult spider cracks that have stained over time can disappear with our skilled technicians.

We have used this process successively to secure areas where 10 tiles were floating. Cleaning, crack preparation and using the correct color and filler material will lead to an invisible repair. What you are seeing on the left is where have filled the crack and then ground the crack flat, a level 5/5 (5 out of 5) repair. Clean image was able to epoxy fill, grind flat and finish the floor to the customer’s desired finish. Often the installer will sand down the raised travertine edge because it stands out like a sore thumb.

This then allows soil to get trapped and difficult to remove without professional cleaning. When a small or narrow width crack forms, soil infiltrates and can stain the body of the stone tile from the side inward.

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However there are hollow sounds on twenty of my tiles which leads me to believe that the thinset is breaking down. Although it can mean the tile isn’t bonded or there are voids under the tile where it sounds hollow. Or if you have very small grout joints between each tile then the grout might not be able to properly lodge itself into the joint. The only way to determine if you have a problem is to intrusively remove some of the various stones to see the underlying conditions and to see how the tile was installed.

I have noticed hairline cracks which could be because the travertine was put directly on slab with thinset. I have had two installers tell me that the slab should have been prepared before the thinset. If you are regrouting because the grout is coming loose, then that might be an indication that the tiles are loose and not bonded well. It is true the slab should have been properly prepared to make sure the tile would bond to it and that any cracks were mitigated.

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Using colored caulk or epoxy that matches the shade of your travertine tile, it’s possible to repair small cracks. Here’s how you can go about repairing the crack and making your travertine tiles look as good as new. Use a natural stone cleaner to wipe the tiles that have cracks and rinse them with water. You’ll want to be sure to choose a filler that will perfectly match your travertine tile so the repair is seamless. Now squeeze the epoxy or caulk into the crack, and use something like a toothpick to push the material down into it to make sure it completely fills the crack.

When the crack is filled, make sure the excess epoxy or caulk has been scraped off and that the surface of the tile is level. Once the epoxy or caulk is dry and the cracks are repaired, you should clean your travertine tile as usual and then seal the area that was repaired to protect it in the future.

While you might not see a thin crack at first, after a while it will become more prominent as dirt gets caught in the crack and darkens it.

You may also need to use a toothbrush or another small brush to scrub the crack itself to remove debris. The area should be completely dry before you start working to fill the crack, so try using a blow dryer if you want to finish the travertine installation immediately or just let it dry overnight. It’s okay if the caulk or epoxy overflows, as you can clean up the excess with a putty knife, razor blade or damp rag. Now you’ll need to let the travertine tile dry overnight, and don’t let anyone walk on it if it’s floor tiles you repaired.

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We often assume that marble is a very sturdy material, which it is, but it is still subject to damage, especially if the area is almost always exposed to water. When you finish installing it, inspect the marble for hairline cracks, since they will certainly get worse when stepped on constantly. You can also use marble cleaner to avoid those nasty hairline cracks. It repels water and other elements to a certain extent, making it less vulnerable to stains and wear. By doing so, you can passively prevent the formation of hairline cracks on the marble.

Also avoid sand and acidic liquids, since they can burn into the marble surface and possibly cause hairline cracks.

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When dealing with a hairline crack, use a clear epoxy to fill in the gap and sand it smooth afterward with a fine-grit sandpaper.

For slightly larger cracks, choose a colored epoxy that closely matches the main color in the marble.

This means dealing with small cracks or chips immediately, before they get worse. Since most marble has variegated color, it is easy to disguise repair jobs. If the repair is too obvious, use a colored wax stick over the top to blend with the marble color tones. Other options include purchasing a commercial marble dust or tinting material and mixing it into the epoxy as directed by the manufacturer. A trained stone-repair technician can use techniques such as drilling into the marble and inserting metal pins, particularly if the marble is thick and heavy.

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One tile has some quite bad chips in it (max 3-4mm deep), just didn’t notice before it went on the wall. It’s a part of their natural but the number & size of imperfections is generally an indicator of quality. You could use grout to fill out but not white or it will stick out a mile, you need a darker colour that will better match the background colour of the tiles. If you had to push hard on the tile to level it then either the tile base isn’t flat, you used the wrong size notched trowel or both. What type of wall are the tiles laid over, is the tile base suitable for large/heavy tiles?

Sealant may work for a short while but it’s unlikely to provide a permanent solution.

Adhesive definitely ended up thicker on that tile, probably holding the trowel at different angle; wasn’t really sure how much of a bed, if any, you were supposed to leave in the bits in between notches. Bed tiles using a slight twisting/sliding motion which spreads the adhesive out beneath the tile.

Hasn’t come out perfect but not too bad and it’s my first ever tiling job. Unglazed or polished natural stone tiles are not the best choice for a shower area, they are porous to a greater or lesser extent & will need sealing on a regular basis if you want your shower to last any length of time. The cracked tile will have to be replaced or it will siphon water into the tile base which will do it no good at all.

They look fairly large format & you should have used at least a solid thin bed trowel. Adhesive definitely ended up thicker on that tile, probably holding the trowel at different angle; wasn’t really sure how much of a bed, if any, you were supposed to leave in the bits in between notches. If you crack a tile, always take it out & replace before the adhesive sets, especially in a shower enclosure. I did use a bed trowel with semi-circular notches, just not very well (my first go at tiling). This will leave well defined ridges of adhesive, there should be no adhesive between the ridges.

It’s important the adhesive is the correct consistency, too thin & it’ll run & fall out all over the place, too thick & the tiles won’t bed properly & are likely to be uneven.


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