Common Tile Problems and Applications
Because Atlanta tile installation can be challenging, homeowners
should hire professional installers who follow installation
specifications outlined in the Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation,
a manual published by the Tile Council of America. Many problems with
tile floors or walls can be overcome with careful planning prior to
Dry floors. Cracking is the
biggest problem with tiled dry floors. Tile is generally very brittle
and fractures instead of flexing when subjected to load. It should only
be attached to a solid, nonflexing subfloor. Since a standard wood
subfloor flexes slightly when walked upon, it should be reinforced
prior to tile installation.
Wet floors. On the other
hand, wet floors are routinely exposed to modest amounts of water. Wet
floor installation methods include installing tiles over a cement
mortar and metal lath. The cement mud bed provides support for the
tiles to prevent cracking, and it also protects the wood subfloor from
modest amounts of water.
Shower stall walls.
Well-constructed tile shower walls consist of individual tiles glued to
waterproof backer board, with grout used to fill gaps between the
tiles. Since grout is not waterproof, some water penetrates the grout
to run down the face of the backer board behind the tile to the tub.
Correctly installing the water-proof backer board before the tiles are
attached is the key to preventing leaks.
Since waterproof backer board is more expensive than drywall, some
Atlanta tile contractors do not use it. This common shortcut creates a
potential leak problem when water gets through the tile to the board.
Wet board also creates a potential mold and mildew problem, as the
grout between the tiles is kept continuously wet from the damp board
By choosing a Best Pick™ Atlanta tile contractor, you can be
confident that the job will be done using the proper application