ceramic tile problems
Not sure about the liability issues, but I've heard this is almost a standard builder trick. Unfortunately, it's all too common for them to NOT use concrete backerboard--and the tiles look fine for about the length of the one year warranty. Pretty shady, I think.
I'll bet your neighbors are having the same problems (assuming same builder/same timeframe).
I'd hate to get involved in court if it wasn't necessary...but in this case....I don't know, maybe small claims court? Maybe one of the local TV stations has a "law line" day where you can ask an attorney a question for free? I guess one thing to keep in mind is that you're not really talking much $$$ here to re-do; you'd hate to spend a lot on lawyers...
good luck and please keep us posted!,
k2 in CO.
Thanks for responding. I got an estimate from a local flooring contractor and it looks like it will cost about $1800 to rip up the old floor and replace it with new. Of course this has to be the largest tile floor in the house! It's possible that the tiles are now securely down, as the ones they reinstalled 8 months ago seem to be secure still. But it just doesn't seem right that I should have to have a floor with damaged/chipped tiles and variations in color. Am I being unreasonable?
No you certainly are NOT being unreasonable! -- tiles from different dye lots can exhibit the kind of color variations you are seeing. And all the chips, etc.; sounds like they got the tiles from leftover jobs.
Also, $1800 IS starting to get "up there", moneywise. Maybe an hour of an attorney's time might be worth paying(???) But I'd be a little concerned about "good money after bad." I mean, you start adding lawyer's fees for what may amount to just pieces of PAPER--when what you really want is FLOORING. I don't have much experience with lawsuits, etc. (THANKFULLY!)...but I have some friends who were in a dispute to get their deposit back (they'd rented a condo)--this ended up taking almost a year--and it was a LOT of hassle. I'd think it sure would be preferable if the builder came through for you. The color variation issues aside, maybe you can shame him into fixing it by saying that a good tile job should last for decades (or centuries!), not months?!
Best of luck,
-k2 in CO.
[This message has been edited by k2 (edited November 19, 2003).]
plain and simple.
I am not saying this will make litigation easy, but this is a fact.
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