Manufacturers of ceramic tiles use specialized ceramic laboratory testing equipment to evaluate the strength and durability of the tiles. Tile floors are robust, stain proof, fire resistant and long lasting if you install them correctly. Lifting tiles or popup tiles create an unsightly blight on the floor and a hazard to any person walking barefoot. If you notice Physical Properties of Tiles and popup tile at your home, you must fix it before any accident. The process of repairing loose tiles relies on the number of affected tiles and the reason behind their loosening.
In some cases, you can fix them easily. But, when the number of loose tiles increases, repairs can be costly and labor intensive. There are many reasons to popup tiles –
Experts usually use thinnest adhesive that works best when installing floor tiles. However, inexperienced tile setters commit mistake while using tile glue to escape from putting efforts and making situation messy. Tile glue is a temporary solution that can release if moisture gets soaked by the tiles.
You can fix the loose tiles by removing them. Once the removal of loose tiles is done, you can scrape the old glue and re-apply the glue and replace each tile. This is just temporary thing to do. If you want to fix it permanent, you have to remove all the tiles, clean the underlayment and the tiles and re-apply them using thinset.
Tile floors need special stonework-compliant underlayment. Such underlayment is thicker and heavier than standard underlayment. If you install your tiles directly onto a plywood subfloor, it may bring more trouble. Faulty workmanship is a reason to floor tile issues.
Expert installers apply a layer of thinset to the subfloor, bed the cement board in the thinset and screw it prior installation of next layer of thinset while laying the tiles. You can try to remove and reset each tile, if the issue is not big enough.
Alternative to extensive repairs
If your home has multiple popup tiles, you can fix them in one way only. You have to remove all the tiles, fix the substrate and re-apply the tiles. It would be better if you cover the tile floor with floating laminate flooring.
You can bring the best durable and quality check ceramic tiles from suppliers. There are manufacturing companies that have experienced and qualified team of experts that know the best use of ceramic laboratory testing equipment to test the strength and durability of the ceramic.