A DIY guide to replace broken tiles
Among the small domestic mishaps than can occur, we may happen to drop something heavy on the floor, breaking or chipping a tile. What is the best way to deal with this type of domestic incidence? So today we will talk about how to replace tiles! If turning to a professional can be a huge expense, the most efficient and inexpensive solution is to replace the broken piece yourself with some DIY.
Here is how to replace a broken tile: before you start to repair it, you need to get all the tools required to carry out the job, which are: angle grinder, screwdriver, protective goggles, silicone, glue for porcelain and cloths. Clearly, you will also need to have at hand the replacement tiles.
In the replacement stage of the old tile, the angle grinder is the best tool: it allows the removal of the cement which joins the broken tile to the adjacent ones, so as to enable its removal with ease, eliminating with it also the underlying glue that welded it to the base. For this type of intervention it is recommended to avoid using the drill, which could cause damage to the adjacent tiles.
How to replace tiles: step by step
With the help of a screwdriver, or a spatula, you will need to remove very carefully the pieces of broken tile, without damaging the surrounding ones, and scrape away all of the residual glue. Therefore, the surface will have to be smooth, clean and dry.
At this stage, how do you replace a broken tile? Now you will need to apply the silicone or adhesive on the back of the new tile and insert it in its place tapping it carefully with a wooden baton. When the glue is dry, you will need to replaster the perimeter of the tile removing the plaster in excess with a damp spunge. Once you have done this, all you need to do is dampen the surface with a wet sponge and mould the glue for porcelain along the edges of the tile. Once you have followed all these steps to replace the broken tiles of the floor or of the wall cladding, the result will be optimal.
In order to reduce the risk of this domestic incidence happening again and then having to go to the trouble of replacing another broken tile, an ideal solution is the use of dilatation joints, products that have the purpose of assorbing movements of dilatation and contraction mainly caused by thermal variations. Their correct use allows the prevention of cracks forming, thus influencing positively the duration of the laid materials.