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Old 09-20-2012, 02:24 PM   #16
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For one thing, those type of tiles should NEVER have been applied to plywood unless it had a slab underneath, because wood gives when you walk on it. Not much, but it does give. Thats why they are cracking. You needed to have a more solid underlayment.

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I'm no pro and it's been a very long time since I've done tile work, just trying to help when I can. Anyway I believe I provided them with the best solution, to seek out a fix via the warranty. I do agree however that a more solid underlay is necessary for any type of tile and perhaps it does have that. It could have gotten wet underneath or it could be as you say, it wasn't solid enough. Thanks for pointing that out.
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No problem. We had this problem one time before, and only one time. We never even bought these again because out of all of the houses me and my parents own, every single one was built with plywood floors and pier and beam foundations, and the tiles cracked immediately the second someone stepped on them.
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We have plywood sub-flooring so I won't consider any hard tile covering. When I was able, I installed wood laminate flooring, even in wet areas but I sealed them real good first. Everyone who comes inside, comments on the floors. We love them.
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thats exactly what we have opted for! And it is something i think the OP should look into as well. We put laminate into a rental house that my parents own, and before the wood was installed, it took months to get a renter to pay $850/month, but now that there is laminate floors and a screened deck on the back, the house doesnt stay empty for longer than a week. Even occasionally raising the rent between tenants, nobody seems to have an issue paying it because they love the floors.
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thank you to all that have given me your advice...i do appreciate it!
i should have researched the procedure myself but really thought that the builder would do it the right way..
live and learn.
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Quite all right, happy to be of some assistance.
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I'm surprised no one asked what the subfloor thickness was or what's for joist specs were?!?

Looks like 1/2" cbu which is wrong, when I see 1/2" on floors for cbu it ends up to be it holds a better structure for tile... Nope wrong again.
99% of grout cracking is due to lack of subfloor.

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