Ceramic tile floors are beautiful and easy to maintain. They can be large and colourful or small and traditional. Ceramic tile floors present as clean and classy. They are an asset when selling your house and new home buyers will be more interested in a house that has ceramic floors over other floor covering such as linoleum or carpets. Unfortunately, ceramic tile surfaces can also occasionally have defects that make them less appealing. There are generally three causes for these defects: the type and quality of the tiles, the quality of the craftsmanship during installation, and the compatibility of the material chosen and the intendent usage.
The type and quality of the tiles – some tiles may have manufacturing defects in them such as varying width, varying size, warping curves and surface anomalies. Surface anomalies include discoloration, pin holes, protruding lumps and crazes (small surface scratches). A good installer can work with surface defects by organizing the tiles in such a way that differences in color are less noticeable. A good installer could also use defective tiles for hidden places (under cupboards) or when a cut is needed around plumbing fixtures. As a buyer, you should return damaged tiles to the vendor instead of trying to make do. Manufacturers will rarely reimburse you if you install damaged tiles.
The quality of the craftsmanship during installation – an experienced tiler will ensure that the surface you are covering with tiles is leveled, that joints are of the same width and that adhesive material is applied evenly. Furthermore, they would ensure that the right bonding material is used depending on the surface to cover and the tiles used. Unfortunately, some contractors cut corners and do not install tiles with the meticulous patience and attention to details it requires. As a result, you may have cracking tiles, joints of varying sizes, and grout that is not lasting. Furthermore, if your floor was not levelled prior to installation, your tiles might eventually buckle or pop up. A tile that is not properly set in cement or other adhesive will eventually crack under the pressure of daily traffic.
The compatibility of the chosen material and the intendent usage – Some tiles are better suited for walls while others are better for floors. Some tiles are appropriate for damp and wet environment like bathroom showers and bath surrounds while other tiles are not. When buying tiles, make sure you tell the merchant where you plan on using it, so they can guide you effectively in your choice. Not following this advice could create expansive problems to fix down the road.
If you are looking into buying a house, taking a few moments inspecting the tile work will save you time and money. If you see cracked tiles, lose grout or uneven surfaces, you might expect further problems with this house. Whether it is simply an issue with tile installation or a structural problem with the house itself, consulting sbdir will save you time and money as they professionally inspect the building for you.