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Cracks in a tile should never be taken lightly. Because it is the durability of your tiling that is in question. But before starting to repair the damage, it is imperative to determine the why at the risk of seeing the problem renew itself. Because if, as the wise man says, there is no problem, there are only solutions, we must know the problem to bring the right solution...

Tiles that crack, what to do?

Tiles that crack, what to do?

Tiling crack because it's not the proper tile: Change the tiles

The aestheticism must never prevail over the quality. Tiling for the floor must meet certain criteria to fulfill its role without failure. Before choosing your tiling refer to UPEC classification and PUI standards for an enamelled tile. Read the package or package leaflet and feel free to ask a professional for advice or a seller at the time of purchase.

Tiling cracked because it is badly laid: Change the cracked tiles and check the others

Ask yourself already whether the screed was dry enough when you started laying your tiles. If this were not the case, do not be surprised to have cracks as the drying rack has moved. When it is completely dry, there should be no problem.
In addition, each type of tile corresponds to a type of glue and glue. Tiles of 10 X 10 do not arise like tiles of 40 X 40! A large tile requires a double glue that is to say both on the yoke and on the back of the tile itself.
The quality of the adhesive mortar is just as important. In any case, respect the manufacturer's recommendations both for the quality and for the implementation.

The tiles crack because there is no expansion joint: Make expansion joints

We can never say enough the importance of expansion joints either between different materials, fraction joints for large areas or peripheral joints. They are essential because they give some flexibility to the materials.
If you have not planned when installing the tiles and it crack, you must imperatively set them up.

The tiles crack because the support collapses or gets stuck: Check the condition of the support and use the decennial warranty of the manufacturer

If your tile is placed on a wooden floor, it may sag between the joists. Similarly a concrete slab can flex locally if a heavy load is placed on it. Check all these elements and strengthen the structure.
Today the slabs are thermally and acoustically insulated and often they serve as support for underfloor heating. All these elements, if they are badly placed, can become points of weakness that the cracks of your tiles will betray for sure.
Before any intervention on the tiles, it is necessary to reinforce the support. If you are still within the framework of the ten-year warranty of the manufacturer do not hesitate to play this insurance.

The tiles crack because there is a defect in the construction: Call on the decennial warranty of the manufacturer

If the slab itself was poorly made your tile will suffer. The causes of poor workmanship are multiple: bad dosage of cement or water, defect in the frame of the screed, etc. In all these cases, it is up to the builder to repair his mistakes. But it is a procedure that can be long and you will need to use expertise to provide evidence of problems.

Be attentive: We are in the era of disposable and "everything, right now". But you have to know how to take your time so you do not lose it unnecessarily later! So when you have work done, take the time to check how these are executed. Observe the instructions for use especially for the preparation or drying times. In addition, the vast majority of artisans are conscientious people, listen to their advice.

Video Instruction: Hiding a Tile Floor Crack