Tile And Grout, Maintenance and Repairs
Grout and tiles are durable, but not invincible. The materials can withstand an immense amount of pressure from wear and tare and also beatings from falling objects. Like everything though, there comes a time when the angle of the falling object hits a soft spot or the weight is too heavy to bear and the tile breaks. Repairs and maintenance are important to keeping your tiles life cycle long. Remembering to call the professionals at CTS will save you money and full replacement in many cases.
Grout is a paste that is injected into the space between tiles. This is used to help keep the spacing between tiles and create a consistent gradient that is safe for pedestrians. Repairing grout will improve the gradient between your tile and the surrounding. Tile is not flushed tile to tile and is surrounded by grout to keep spacing equal. If tile is missing or chipped there becomes a difference between the tile and the next tile. There are multiple steps to repairing grout the first of which is to clean the broken area out. Matching grout is important as it unifies the space and creates a consistent appearance.
This two-step process can be tiring and tedious. The process first requires you to remove the existing grout and clean between the tiles with power tools or by scraping with tools manually. The process is as draining as it sounds, if you do not have the right tools at your disposal the time that this takes can be elongated substantially. Re-grouting tile is an extensive and labor-intensive job. Take your time back, and enjoy the moments you have with your family friends and loved ones. Re-grouting tile is a great option to update the appearance of your tile without re-tiling the entire space.
Cracked tiles can be replaced without replacing the entirety of the floor. There is no need to excavate your entire tile surface when you find a crack or chip on one or a few tiles. To prepare for a situation like this ensure that you set aside a few extra pieces for incidentals. Although tiles are meant to be durable and tough, they are not impenetrable and damage can be done with the right force or angle. Save you the expense of a full replacement with this option, given the right materials are available for tile replacement.
If your home has suffered from water damage than it is more than likely that underneath the tiles lays mold or mildew. This can be dangerous when ingested by people and we advise that professionals should remove all tiles that have been subject to water damage. The removal of tiles is draining and labor intensive and the application of tile to the surface is done with long holding materials. Water damage can be extensive and serious, don’t take the chance repairing or removing the tiles yourself.