What's the subfloor structure under the drybed I assume? Personally, I would use epoxy grout. Building Moxie I actually had cracking grout probably within the first year but it seems I'm noticing more and more. Let the silicone caulk dry for at least 24 hours before disturbing it. Kerdi is for waterproofing only, ditra is anti fracture. Grout is similar to cement in both appearance and purpose. Does it need to be repaired? Maybe the lead contractor is supposed to follow behind the tile guy and caulk the corners. Inspect the exposed studs for moisture, mold, and rot.
We had our shower tiled by a small contractor and the corners were grouted not caulked. No cracks at the base of the window. And trust me, this is not a project you want to do any more than necessary. Sometimes the tiles were not set properly and the tile adhesive did not properly adhere to the underlying shower wall. The grout of this tile looks darker than the rest suggesting this is wet.
Maybe it's time to refinish your deck or add some new decorative touches to your tired deck. Regrouting the whole stall is a job that takes time. But our older eighties house had no vapor barrier behind the cement board. When you place the caulk into the gun, caulk may just start oozing out. You can use a caulking gun to apply the polyurethane adhesive but you should always spread it thin so that it does not create bulk and cause the tile to rise above the adjacent tiles. Is there something I can lay on the floor…cardboard, plastic sheeting, etc…that will allow repair and still use the bathroom.
If they turn out, I'll try to take pictures to see if it helps. It looks so terrible, any suggestions for a fix are much appreciated. You can pick one up in the tile and grout section of a home repair store. After only a few months, he grout is cracking around the tub, window and walls. He filled 1 in with sanded caulk.
Out with the old, in with the new! Repairing these problems as soon as they occur can extend the life of your entire tile surround. Cannot afford to have someone come in to do right now. Hairline cracks that do not appear to have affected the integrity of the grout can be rectified with grout sealer. A movement joint is an area that should either be left open — for example, next to a wall under the base or shoe molding — or should have a flexible material instead of grout in a visible area such as a shower. The caulking will keep moisture from seeping through and causing damage and the growth of bacteria. Set the salvaged tiles into the thinset, as with a standard tile installation, aligning the grout joints with the existing tile. The base was made out of concrete and the tiles are a porcelain floor and walls with a marble mosaic border tile used.
Examining all the points of damaged grout will also enable you to determine the method of repair that is required. It is usually impossible to find an exact matching tile that has the exact same color as the existing tile. Other factors that can make a home move include the humidity, extreme temperatures, heavy winds, and harsh storms. Hi Todd, While I found your site extremely informative I am wondering… A little background, my home was built in 83, I think the bathroom is original to the house. Anyway, I don't believe it to be a problem.
Then have him install new grout mixed with flexible grout additive. Best case scenario is that the wrong grout was used and you'll be removing it all and re-grouting. Just a few thin, lengthwise cracks between tiles. The contractor did a fine job, but there's one thing that doesn't seem right: The grout is cracking in the shower where the tiled walls meet, and where the tiled walls meet the tiled floor elsewhere in the bathroom. Lightly dampen the sponge and work it in circles over the shower walls until the excess grout is removed and the tiles are clean.
Continue this process until all of the corners in your shower are full and smooth. By following some steps, you will find that fixing this problem is not as difficult as it may initially seem. Scrape off all old caulk from the shower pan or floor, using a razor scraper. I have found sanded grout to be a bit more robust than non-sanded. If you have any questions regarding your bathroom or you would like to share your own personal tips then please leave your comments in the section below.
It crosses the grout to the next tile. Without knowing the specifics it sure sounds to me that the plywood sub-base that supports the tile is probably not stiff enough. When they become loose, they can pull away from the floor or wall. Be careful not to let the grout cutter slip and damage other surrounding grout work. As you can see from the photo the crack is now filled. If you have to replace a broken tile on the floor, then weigh the area down and avoid walking on it to ensure that the tile settles in place.