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Cracked Travertine Stone Tiles | GroutPro

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in Blog, Stone and Quarry, Tile Repair, Travertine

Problems with “Hard-wearing” Travertine Stone Tiles? We all know how hard wearing and durable floor tiles are, especially real stone tiles – or are they? Recently Wayne and his Balcatta team visited a home where the Travertine stone tiles had been extensively damaged, were cracked through the centre of the tile and chipping away from no apparent reason. Travertine stone is a type of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs.  Being a soft stone it is easily damaged with both normal traffic as well as accidental incidents. High heel shoes put a lot of pressure on small areas and cause chaos on these type of floors, as can dropping of something like an umbrella, or knife, or perhaps a child’s toys or the like. Plonking down of dining chairs also might affect the stone. Normal foot traffic over time eventually shows weak spots throughout the stone as well and regular maintenance is recommended simply due to it’s soft make-up and possible inconsistencies in it’s density. First Job, before the repair is completed.First Job, after the job is done. In this particular home the cracking may have initiated within the concrete slab below the tiles as the extent of the damage ran across multiple tiles along the same path. Wayne and his team got to work on the major cracks and the results were fantastic. A small amount of Travertine stone filler was used to carefully fill the cracked section and major holes. After carefully scraping the area to remove any excess filler it was left to cure. With a final touch up the area was lightly sanded and dried with a soft cloth. Not only was the home-owner so amazed by the results, she could hardly find the original cracks. Wayne and his team completed the job which included most of the floor area within the home and the Travertine stone tiles look amazingly clean and new again. Travertine Cracked Tiles after being repaired.Travertine Cracked tile before it is repaired. If you’ve got a problem area of Travertine stone tiling and need advise on repairs to cracks and chips contact GroutPro today to find your local tile and grout cleaning specialist. Phone: 1800 822...

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Tile Repair – Are Your Tiles Hollow, Cracked or Loose?

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in Blog, Damaged Tiles, Dirty Grout, Tile Cleaning, Tile Repair, Tile Replacement

Need Loose, Cracked Tile Repair? GroutPro can help…. Have you ever walked across a tiled floor to hear them sounding ‘hollow’? Hollow meaning that certain areas of the tiles sound and feel loose underfoot. These are areas in which the bottom of the tile is not in contact with the underlying substrate. Unfortunately this is a regular occurrence in older properties where the tiles may have been laid with the original slab and the substrate or adhesive has deteriorated over time. The hollow sound may be a result of ‘spot-bonding’ during the installation. ‘Spot bonding’ is when the installer applies a spot of bonding (adhesive) to just the corners and centre of the floor tile and presses it into place. This leaves voids under the tile and ultimately the entire area of flooring. When this method is used you will hear the hollow sound where there is no adhesive i.e. the void. Over time this causes cracking of the tiles and grouting which runs between these tiles. Once the grout has cracked it falls through to leave holes between the tiles. This is the type of situation recently faced by our Goonellabah team. A large area of the floor was hollow and cracks had started to appear. The homeowner needed our help to repair 123 loose tiles. About the same time last year the Goonellabah GroutPro team had repaired 4 similar apartments within the complex and the owner had retained many tiles which were used on these jobs. Area of tiles to repairRemoving the hollow tiles We were not as lucky with this latest job and were only able to find four spare tiles which another apartment owner kindly donated to us. Each tile had to be carefully removed to ensure the tile did not crack. The team managed to lift all 122 tiles without a scratch with just one tile cracking as it was removed. Each tile was then cleaned to remove the old adhesive and re-laid into place. The homeowner had also decided to change the colour of the entire floor grouting so the repair of hollow tiles was just part of the full job. After 36 hours of painstaking work with 50m2 of grout replacement and colour sealing the outcome was fantastic. The floor area was now level, the colour matched well to the home decor and the overall look was like new again. The Homeowner was very excited by the outcome and couldn’t wait to take some pictures to share with family. Finished tile repair in kitchen and dining roomFloor tiles replace and grout recoloured If you’re having similar tiling issues in your home, don’t wait any longer get your local GroutPro team in to give you an assessment of the job and an obligation free...

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