How to Fix Drummy Tiles
How Barefoot Floors can fix your drummy floor tiles in one easy step
How can I fix drummy floor tiles?
There are two options when you come across drummy tiles in your home.
1.You can rip them all up and replace the tiles, or;
2. You can use tile injection to restore the tiles without the need for removal. More on both options here.
It is important to understand WHY this is happening, what your options are and HOW to fix the problem.
What causes a tile to sound 'drummy'?
A drummy tile can occur for a number of reasons- usually it is a combination of either incorrect installation (incorrect adhesive or adhesive that has 'set' before the tile has been laid), shifts in the substrate itself (due to weather, time, building movement etc) or a build up of pressure on the tiles themselves.
You can see under this tile where the de-lamination has occurred. The adhesive has stuck to the tile but not the substrate!
When a tile is under pressure and has nowhere to move, the tile and/or glue releases from the substrate, causing the tile to sound 'hollow'. The hollow sound is the void between tile and substrate.
When a tile finds itself under undue pressure from any of the above factors, it can come loose from the substrate completely. This in turn creates more pressure on the tiles around it, which can mean MORE de-laminated tiles if left untreated.
So how can I fix my drummy tiles without having to re-tile?
Barefoot Floors offer a unique system of tile 'injection' in which we can restore each de-laminated tile using a quick, easy injection through your grout lines, through which we pump a fine, water-borne adhesive that finds all voids and areas of de-lamination under your tiles. Once it finds the voids, it bonds fast between tile and substrate, leaving your tile rock solid. This can be repeated for all de-laminated tiles, each only taking a matter of minutes to treat. The whole process is noise free, dust free and non-invasive, meaning you can stay in your home whilst the repairs take place.
What is the final result?
Usually tile delamination is not an isolated incident- the pressure and conditions that cause delamination do not JUST affect one area the damage WILL spread if left untreated.
Once the tiles are injected, the adhesive forms a strong yet flexible bond between the tile and the substrate once again. You will hear the difference in the sound of the tile pre-injection (hollow) and pist-injection (solid).
This video shows the before and after of tiles that are drummy, once injected using the Barefoot Floors tile injection system.
So what happens after my tiles have been injected?
Once your tiles have been injected, the standard 'set time' is approx 2-4 hours. Once set, you can walk on your tiles again as normal- we can be in and out and have your entire floor repaired within the same day. We will also install expansion lines throughout your floor to help prevent further de-lamination in other areas of the floor. We cannot promise that other areas of your house will not let go that have not been injected, so it always important to keep an eye out for symptoms of de-lamination throughout your house so that we can rectify any new de-lamination before it spreads.
All of our tile injection work is covered by a 7 year guarantee, meaning you can rest easy knowing your floor tiles are stuck solid.