Floor tiles that are available in various hardware stores and home improvement shops today come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Despite the seemingly nice quality and great designs, though, many tiles still crack over time. Â Â This is especially true for ceramic-based tiles which are very popular because most are typically inexpensive. Â Cracking in these type of tiles may be due to several reasons, and one of which would point to the tile’s quality. Â Some tiles are just not up to the task of lasting for a long time. There are very low-quality, ceramic tiles that easily crack when stepped on or when something is dropped on them. Â As some tile experts and contractors would say, you really get what you pay for when you use very cheap tiles.
Another common reason for tile cracking is improper installation. Â One good reason for cracking is the uneven floor surface beneath the tile. Â Expert tilers need to make sure that the concrete surface should be even and smooth in order for the tiles to stay on evenly. Â There’s also the case regarding mortars. Â Mortars need to be evenly distributed beneath the tiles in order to ensure that the tiles will harden on an even surface. Â If the underside of the tiles does not contain enough mortar because of being applied haphazardly, then there is a greater chance that the tiles will easily crack.
Very heavy objects, like appliances and furniture, may also cause low-quality tiles to crack easily. Â Most people see small cracks or hair-line type of cracks at the exact point of contact between the heavy object and the tiles. These cracks can commonly be found beneath the legs of a heavy table or dresser, for example. Â In these cases, the only option for people is to have the cracked tile replaced and re-installed which is so much hassle. Â It is for these very reasons, then, that many experts suggest using high-quality tiles and that they be installed only by professionals.