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Christopher
Chipped Penny Tile

We have a shower that has a chipped tile.  The tile is on the floor of the shower and is very small, but through the enamel.  These are the small (5/8) hex shaped penny tiles.  I am not too concerned with the aesthetics, but am wondering if there is any ongoing concern to the underlying structure of the shower pan, etc. if it is left as is, or if there is something I can do to mitigate any of those concerns.  

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Chipped Penny Tile

Christopher,

We need more to go on than that. Is the tile old or new? Do you see any sign of water intrusion? Is there only one tile, or many that are chipped? What makes you feel that you have an issue? Where have you looked for evidence?

If it bothers you, tear it all up and replace it all.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Christopher
Re: Chipped Penny Tile

The tile is 10 years old and I am not sure when the damage occurred.  Currently there are no signs of water intrusion, and we recently (within the last month) had the ceiling below the shower off during a first floor renovation, so I am confident in that assessment.  It is only the one tile.  My question is if it is left unaddressed, will it lead to issues in the future, since it is through the enamel.

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Chipped Penny Tile

Christopher,

All mortor/concrete/clay is pourous, all tile starts out as clay. You can replace the tile if you like. No one can predict the future. That is an example of cheap quality tile. You should be able to drop items on the tile and it not chip or crack. That indicates that water has gotten in the tile, under the enamal. Enamal is a water based product. We have marble tile in one of our bathrooms that is now 130 years old and not a scratch on it. You can replace the one/many tiles that you need/want. Or replace them all. Use high quality products and installation methods in all wet area locations.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

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