How to Fix Drummy Tiles
How Barefoot Floors can fix your drummy floor tiles in one easy step
How can I fix my drummy floor tiles?
Everyone has at some point come across drummy tiles in their bathroom, kitchen or outdoor area. That tell tale 'thunk' that your tile makes every time you tread on it can drive a person mad! If left untreated, one drummy tile can quickly become a danger to you and your family, as increasing pressure on a drummy tile can cause it to crack or explode off the floor!
It is a common misconception that drummy tiles can not be fixed. Most tile stores and tilers will tell you that it was a previous tiler's fault and that the only option is to rip all the tiles up and start from scratch. This is not the case, in fact a much simpler, hassle-free alternative is available!
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 actors, it can come loose from the substrate completely. Usually the adhesive will either stay stuck to the tile itself, or to the substrate. But when the adhesive is only stuck to one of the two- your tile is now free to move! This in turn creates more pressure on the tiles around it, which can mean MORE de-laminated tiles.
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. This saves you the headache of having to find a place to stay whilst your tiles are ripped up and replaced, which can take weeks and creates noise, mess and wastage.
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 we identify the drummy tiles (where delamination has occurred), we can inject those tiles directly, with minimal noise, mess or hassle. You can stay in your home whilst we work, and there is no need to remove furniture.
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 4-6 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 ensure that no further de-lamination occurs throughout the injected area. 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.