12:11PM | 02/13/03
Member Since: 01/20/03
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What would be the causes of tile cracks?

My house is only 4 years old and many, many tiles on the shower wall and around the tub have hairline cracks. Where the long crack lines (some are 38 in long) cross the tiles, the grouts in between are still good (no crack).

I posted this in the foundation forum, thinking that since the house sits on expansive soil (Northern California) the cracks must be from the movement. But none of my neighbors on this street have cracks like this. We all have the same PT slabs foundation. Thanks!

willies all thumbs

08:36AM | 02/15/03
Member Since: 10/03/02
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Just a thought, has the house been subject to freezing temps with no heat? Bath tiles would not be frost proof. Otherwise, no idea
good luck with it.


06:41PM | 02/15/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
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if its not the foundation moving,my guess is ,it is somehow temperature related ,the tile went through a freeze / thaw cycle


10:01AM | 02/24/03
Member Since: 01/20/03
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Thanks for your opinions. We had no heat sometimes but we live in CA and tiles in other areas have no cracks. I'm very stressed about this.

Hardwood Guy

11:26PM | 02/24/03
Member Since: 11/30/02
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You'll get some great responses at the following ceramic tile forum...


07:18AM | 02/26/03
Member Since: 01/20/03
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Hi Hardwood Guy,

Thank you for the johnbridge site!

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