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Old 09-25-2008, 12:14 AM   #1
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I have tiles layed across a joint between a heated cement floor and the concrete footing. (Timber Frame house) We have experienced grout cracking and in places a couple of tiles. We used an anti fracture membrane originally, obviously this has not worked. Is there a flexible grout compound that would solve this problem while still being able to match the sanded green grout on the rest of the floor.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:28 PM   #2
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Is one side of the crack higher than the other side?
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:42 PM   #3
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The crack on the outside tile is higher than the inside tile and I believe that is where the movement is. The antifracture membrane might be mitigating any side to side movement but the up and down movement is what appears to crack the grout. This is just a quess from observation over the 12 years. I have re grouted twice and it is in need of it again.
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Although it would be a band-aid fix, you can buy sanded caulk in a lot of different shades and colors to pretty closely match most grouts. Most tile suppliers carry a lot of colors, and box stores carry a few colors.
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Anti-fracture membranes are not intended to protect agaist the issue you are experiencing, in fact they all disclaim any protection benefits against vertical movements. I gaurantee you the anti-fracture membrane HAS NOT failed.

Without getting to the bottom of the problem the only thing you can do is use a flexible caulk to fill an unsightly crack. Be careful tho 'cause those crack edges are probably razor-sharp.
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It souds like caulking of some sort will outlast grout. I will try to track down something that will match the rest of the grout. Thanks for your help. Jd
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The are colored caulks available to match every color of grout there is.
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