Travertine Crack Repair

Cracked stone tiles can be repaired. See pictures and information below for information. We also carry different repair resins, some that allow for movement that may continue

Do you have a crack in your floor that needs repair? Clean Image of Orlando can help. 407-298-3132

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Do you have a crack in your floor that needs repair? Clean Image of Orlando can help. 407-298-3132

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This before pictures shows a settlement crack through 3 tiles as well as where the installer likely sanded down a raised tile edge. Raised tile edges can occur with the best installers. Often the installer will sand down the raised travertine edge because it stands out like a sore thumb.

However the consequence in doing so exposes the small voids, air pockets, within the stone body. This then allows soil to get trapped and difficult to remove without professional cleaning.

The solution, as we did with this floor in Orlando, was to grind floor flat and fill the resin based filler, filling the smallest holes, grout lines and cracks. The customer desired a high polish and we delivered.

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Here is a close up of a crack repair we performed using our resin based filler. Cracks are prepped, color match to surrounding stone colors, and finished to same finish as the travertine.

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Cracks, like holes can also be repaired successfully. Even difficult spider cracks that have stained over time can disappear with our skilled technicians. If a tile is cracked, or hollow sounding because the tile is loose and not bonded to the sub floor, we can perform epoxy injections to glue and strengthen the bond. We have used this process successively to secure areas where 10 tiles were floating. The epoxy repaired area will be stronger bond than the surrounding install.

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Small floor cracks such as this one may not be noticed until the crack fills with soil and then is readily noticed. When a small or narrow width crack forms, soil infiltrates and can stain the body of the stone tile from the side inward. The damage area of stone near the crack must be removed, we will often use dremel type tools to remove only what’s necessary before repairing holes.

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Travertine floor cracks can detract from the natural beauty of your stone floors. One of many advantages’s of travertine stone floors is the ability to repair and refinish the area to like new condition.

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Now you see it, now you don’t. In the right hands, unsightly floor cracks can be a thing of the past. Cleaning, crack preparation and using the correct color and filler material will lead to an invisible repair.

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This Homeowner was considering ripping up 3000 square foot of travertine when they purchased a home in Windermere. However they called Clean Image of Orlando out for a free estimate before making that decision, and they were glad they called us.

As you can see from the before picture, the travertine has not only cracked apart, but also has significant height level differences, what we refer to as deflection. This was repaired using a level 5/5 repair process whereas the crack is diamond “dremeled” to remove any stained material from the side of the crack, polyester epoxy’s are color matched to the stone and the crack is over filled. After cure, the entire crack is ground with aggressive diamonds so as both sides of the travertine and the new epoxy filler are all flush with one another. The entire floor is then diamond honed and finished to the customers goal. As you can see from the after picture, we saved the new homeowner from having to replace such a beautiful floor.

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Clean Image can also do crack repairs on Castle travertine installations, also known as French pattern or Ashlar. The process is slightly different due to the surface texture of the brushed surface.

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Proper preparation of holes and cracks is the foundation of proper, long lasting repair. Before filling the crack with color matching epoxy, we must remove all stained material from the side of the crack. In the picture on the right Joseph is using a Dremel with a 1/16” diamond bit to do prepare the crack for repair.

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The picture on the left show the after filling. This a marble floor with a crack going across the Master bedroom. What you are seeing on the left is where have filled the crack and then ground the crack flat, a level 5/5 (5 out of 5) repair. The after pictures shows how the following diamond honing and polishing restores the entire floor and you can no longer find the crack.

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This home in Winter Park was on the lake and had a unique crack right at her sliding glass door going out to her pool. The crack had a lot of deflection (different height level) and was potentially dangerous if the kids were walking in barefoot. Clean image was able to epoxy fill, grind flat and finish the floor to the customer’s desired finish.

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We can even repair cracks on unfilled travertine as you can see.

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Crack repair in Windermere that went from kitchen through the family room. Ask to see the before and after video of this repair.

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We are often asked how are you able to make the crack disappear? One of the things for a successful repair is being able to match the epoxy to the color of the stone being repaired. You can see in the left picture this crack repair took 4 different colors to match the stone at hand. The colors are mixed in with the Polyester- Epoxy resin filler. Often many different colors are used on the same crack depending on the color of the tile being repaired.

Are your travertine tiles hollow where you have a crack? If so, then the hollow tile needs to be stabilized before repairing the crack, otherwise it will fail prematurely. The picture on the right is where Clean Image of Orlando drills a small hole into the tile and injects an Epoxy under the tile to re-bond and secured to the subfloor. The injections are done with an electric Caulk gun that can produce over 800 pounds per square inch of force.

 

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