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Old 05-16-2018, 12:58 PM   #1
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Uneven tiling; crack in grout; bump in floor tiles


We just finished remodeling a home before moving in, and although most of it was done to our satisfaction, we have come across several problems: floor tiling not even with wall in shower (visible corner); grout cracking along the whole length of bath tub and in corner of kitchen backsplash; cracks on either side of bathroom vanity and wall, small bump in floor tiling in bathroom (feels like top of a golf ball underneath the tiles); etc. Can these items be fixed? How should we address these issues with contractor? We have paid him for everything except what was left over since last payment (not much is left to pay).
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:06 PM   #2
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Welcome, Fynn.

Each of those places you've pictured should have had a flexible sealant rather than grout. Your tile professional should know that.

The shower floor is a particularly sloppy looking edge to my eye.

What you can do about it? I dunno. First step is to point out all those issues to your contractor and start a discussion.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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Accepted industry standards, as CX mentioned, call for all changes of plane and changes of material, or up against a rigid surface need a flexible joint. The easier one to install is to use caulk. Grout colored caulk is available for many of those available out there from the grout manufacturer, and at least one company will mix some for your specific grout, if the manufacturer doesn't.

At a minimum, you should expect things to be installed according to industry standards, which is the minimum required to be reliable. The TCNA publishes those standards, updated annually to account for new methods and materials as they evolve and are developed and from lessons learned. The flexible joint has been in there for decades, though, and is nothing new.
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how much is left to pay the contractor?

From here it looks like most of your issues could be fixed by removing the gout and installing caulk preferbly silicone(sanded?)

The shower floor is a different story. I would want that tile to the wall to all be the same and all those joints from floor to wall should be dug out and caulked.

Your contractor should be happy to remedy the issues and make you happy. If he balks then you got the wrong guy.
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:31 PM   #5
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Thank you all for the great feedback! I will mention these points to our contractor.

Mark: We have about two thousand left to pay for final payment. We remodeled a lot of the house (pretty much every room) so it is a fraction of what we've already paid.

In fact, the remodeling cost almost twice as much and took twice as long as originally expected (we had multiple move-in dates go by before we were finally able to move-in, and we still had a couple of months of the contractor coming in every day to complete the project). Extremely exhausting!
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That's one of the pitfalls of remodeling. Nothing goes according to schedule. The only way to speed up the process is to offer incentives for finishing on or before the promised date, and penalties for finishing after.

And have a contract.

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