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    flooring advice needed

    Just looking a bit of advice and guidance.

    House we are buying has a fully tiled kitchen dinning room. these tiles are cracked in several places along the room. The current owner seems to think it is because they were put down just after the floor was laid when the house was built and may be settling cracks.

    The mortgage company wants us to replace the tiles. Now I want to retile the entire floor as i think it would be hard to get matching tiles. Anybody know what sort of floor tiles i should be looking for and rough estimates per square metre that I should be looking at to get them laid.

    To keep costs down i would plan doing as much of the labour removing the old ones my self.

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    Why does the mortgage company care about what tiles you have?

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    they dont care about the type of tiles, they have stated in condition of mortgage that we replace the cracked ones - they also want us to repaint fascia boards outside withing 6 months, the house is only 10 years old this year. We are just thankful we got a mortgage!!

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    I take it your talking ceramic tiles?

    Its not my area however it could be down to a couple of things:

    Incorrect ahdeisve used for sub floor. If its a new build it may have an anhydrite screed floor which reacts with a lot of flooring adhesives by creating moisture. The moisture then lifts the tiles or causes them to crack.

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    It could be a simple case of movement if they were laid too quickly, but would depend on the amount of cracking and where/how it has appeared. New houses shouldn't be moving.

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    Most likely they have been laid quickly and cheaply as there is little profit in flooring work for house builders, so it could be a simple case of bad work man ship. Tap the tiles and if they sound hollow in places then there is not enough ahdeisve under them.

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    if the house is 10 years old it may have been built too early for the anhydrite screed as thats not been around for that long.
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    if the sub floor is concrete which it probs is get a decent brand adhesive for concrete floors. if it was a new build when the floors were done it could be the slab drying out. these days you'd have a dpc screeed put down, then your floor screed then the finish. its been proven on some slabs it takes 6 months for a square inch to dry out fully. also could be cheap tiles used in 1st place, or tiles being spotted instead of being layed with a noched trowel

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    cheers for the advice there.

    yes Mat they are ceramic tiles. The cracking is in straight lines and you can see large squares formed by the cracks.

    sep they are on a concrete floor, chances the tiles were put down before the 6 months were up when the house was new.

    You have settled my mind that the cracks are just settling - just hope they come up easily and it is not too expensive to retile the floor

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    id say it was from drying out if its in squares. how big is the floor?

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    how large are the squares and where are they in relation to the room, are they perfect squares? How many? The fact that they are forming square shapes would indicate to me there is a problem with the subfloor. Have you had the house surveyed?
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    although concrete takes 6 months to dry out the majority of houses are built on the sub floor, so by the time the house is built and water tight, then first, second fixed it wont be miles out on that drying time.

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