David M. Gobis, a third-generation tile setter, is an independent Technical Consultant. Mr. Gobisis an author of over 100 trade-related articles and a frequent speaker at industry events. He isa voting member of The American National Standards, and Tile Council of America InstallationHandbook committees.
Cracked tile remains a concern often expressed by customers considering ceramic tile floors. Many have had or heard of experiences where a few tiles cracked some years after installation and no replacement material could be found, necessitating a complete and costly replacement.
In the past year with this slow economy I have
been involved in projects of no less than 3,000 showers and a third as many
balconies, decks, and patios plus a handful of restaurants on suspended slabs.
It’s been a great year for me in the inspection and consulting business. But,
unfortunately, unsuspecting real estate owners
ranging anywhere from a disabled retired couple on only social security
to a multi-billion-dollar developer have lost millions of dollars in
replacement and repair of tile work in their water-damaged structures.