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Ernest46
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Posted: October 7, 2008 12:56 AM

Several of my procelain tiles on my outside deck are cracking. What would be causing this?
MichaelPrachniak
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Posted: October 7, 2008 11:05 PM

RE: cracking outdoor porcelain
What type of subfloor do you have? If concrete, than you likely have a slab crack that is transferring to your tile. 
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Ernest46
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Posted: October 9, 2008 2:55 AM

RE: cracking outdoor porcelain
I have them on a concrete slab, but it wasn't cracked when I laid the tile on there.  It may have cracked now, but the tiles are cracked in several different areas, so my concrete would have to have many crack as well, right?  I wouldn't think that it is likely as there were no cracks when I laid the tile about two years ago. Any advice is appreciated!
MichaelPrachniak
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Posted: October 9, 2008 10:06 PM

RE: cracking outdoor porcelain
Was the slab fairly new when you put the tiles down? I am assuming that a crack isolation membrane was not used. It is always recommended when tiling over concrete slabs as slab cracks can happen at any time. You mentioned that the tiles are cracked in several different areas. It is possible to have several slab cracks develop. Normally, though, with slab cracks transferring to tile, you can see the progression of the crack across the tiles. Sometimes, however, some tiles crack while others don't. That is because the bond has been broken between the tile and the slab before the tile had a chance to crack. You can tell by knocking on the tiles. If it sounds hollow, the bond has been broken, but your tile has been spared of a crack.
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LonnieGarvey
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Posted: September 16, 2016 8:11 AM

RE: cracking outdoor porcelain
Hi, thank you for the question, I completely agree with Michael for his analysis and reliable solution. I think firstly it should be analysed for proper implementations. Good luck!
SusanGrinstead
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Posted: November 30, 2017 12:30 AM

RE: cracking outdoor porcelain
Yes, this happens many times that the tiles crack. The major reason for this may be the installation methods. I agree with Michael, you can knock on the tiles to understand if it is properly insulated and then installed.
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