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07-11-2010, 03:59 PM
I recently had porcelain tile installed in my condo's kitchen and bathroom. There are a lot of tiles that are not level. Would these need to be removed and re-installed?

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07-11-2010, 04:03 PM
I think in some months, your unleveled tiles will crack, especialy if the sub floor is made plywood or hardwood. How unlevel your tiles are? 1/16 is accepted.

Shawn Prentice
07-11-2010, 04:03 PM
Do you mean tile edges sitting higher than the edges of adjacent tiles? If so, it would depend on how bad the "lippage" is. If it's pretty bad, the lippage can be a trip hazard.

07-11-2010, 04:07 PM
There is backer board under the tile and they are more than 1/16 higher.My husband thinks they might be a trip hazard. Can we just take up the ones that are higher and not all of the tiles?

Shawn Prentice
07-11-2010, 04:12 PM
Peg, Yes you can. Are you proposing to do these repairs yourself?

07-11-2010, 04:15 PM
No, we will have to hire someone to do this. I just want to take up the tiles that are not level and want to know if this will be possible?

Shawn Prentice
07-11-2010, 04:17 PM
Yes, it is possible. I'm not sure I would get the same contractor back since repairs are typically more difficult than doing it right in the first place.

07-11-2010, 04:21 PM
We hadn't planned on having him come back because we weren't happy with the work. Thanks for answering my questions.

Shawn Prentice
07-11-2010, 04:42 PM
You are welcome. Remember, help is available if you want to do your own tile work in the future. Or even if you just want to learn more technical information about your particular project to help in deciding which contractor to hire.

07-11-2010, 08:46 PM
One thing about removing tiles is damaging the adjacent tiles causing more to need to be removed. You will need a contractor who has expertise and common sense in for this project. Hammy