Tile is a great flooring choice for many Floridians due to its durability and ease of cleaning. However, after a little wear and tear, homeowners find that their tile floor is uneven. An uneven floor is not only displeasing to the eye, but it is also dangerous. Children and adults of all ages are more likely to trip and fall due to an uneven floor. Uneven floors also allow dirt and moisture to enter below the tiles which can cause damage and mold buildup.
If you find that your tile is uneven, whether it be right after the contractor leaves or years after your tile was completed, there are a few reasons why this could happen. Below, the floor removal experts at Speedy Floor Removal has compiled 3 common reasons tile can be uneven and what you as the homeowner can do to fix it.
Reasons Tile Flooring is Uneven
Epoxy is a high-strength adhesive used to glue down flooring. When replacing tile or carpet, this adhesive needs to be removed by special equipment before installing newly purchased flooring. In some instances, because epoxy is challenging to remove, a contract will smooth over the old layer with a new layer of epoxy.
This can ultimately ruin your new flooring and cause unevenness throughout your home. Before your contractor installs your new flooring, ask him or her about the epoxy and its risk of damaging your floors.
If the job was done right, all the joints should be even and the edges of each tile should be nice and level. When tiles are uneven, this is called ‘lipping.’
Lipping can also lead to chipping of the tiles where the floor between tiles is uneven. Before you hire your installation contractor, check the web for reviews in your community to lower the risk of hiring someone unqualified for the job.
Ceramic floor tiles are not affected by standing water; however, the grout between the tiles can become damaged. Sometimes it is easy to detect flood damage, but other times, such as a slow leaking pipe, can be harder to detect and the water can damage the grout and cause the tiles to become loose and uneven. Not only can it cause the tiles to shift, but if the water sits too long and goes unnoticed or untouched, it can cause mold or dark staining.
How to Resolve Uneven Tile Flooring
Unfortunately, the best resolve uneven flooring is by starting from scratch. Here are the proper steps to remove your flooring so the outcome is perfectly even floors.
- Hire a floor removal contractor – a proper floor removal starts with the experts who remove all glue and debris from your floor.
- Find a reliable installation contractor – even though Speedy Floor Removal doesn’t install flooring, let us help you find a reliable contractor in the Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Gainesville areas.
- Select your new flooring – new tile floor or switch to hardwood? Work with your local contractor to decide which floor is best for your needs.
- Enjoy your new home!
Removing your tile floor is a timely, messy, and exhausting task. Let us do the hard work by removing your tile and eliminate your concerns. Speedy Floor Removal not only provides tile removal services, we also remove carpet, paint, hardwood flooring, and more! Call our experts today for our virtually dustless floor removal services.