Marble Care

Stone Tile Repair

Cracks, Chips, and Lippage

Eco Stone Care Tile Repair in Santa Barbara, CA

Marble, granite, and natural stone surfaces are beautiful features to have in your home.

Although stone tile is generally durable, tile can be damaged. A common cause of tile damage is the use of acidic cleaning products which can etch and dull stone surfaces. Many homes in Santa Barbara have marble, granite, slate, or travertine stone surfaces. Each stone is fairly resilient and will not damage or stain easily if cared for properly.

Stone Tile Crack Repair

Tile cracking is a common damage issue that can occur. The cause of tile cracking can be difficult to diagnose. Stone tiles are often bonded to a concrete slab, and if the the slab shifts or begins to crack the cracks will be reflected in the stone tiles. The cause of tile cracking is often related to the backing material.

Cracks in stone tiles can be repaired using special resins. The exact repair process varies depending on the crack itself, and requires matching the best resin to the crack. Hairline tile cracks are repaired using liquid resins that can easily penetrate tiny openings. To repair wider cracks we use a knife grade resin (a resin in gel form) that we mix with a powder made from the type of stone being repaired. When the resin is completely dry we polish the repair with diamond pads to reach the desired finish.

Eco Stone Care in Santa Barbara uses polyester resins and diamond pads to repair cracks and chips in marble, granite, slate, and other natural stones. Cracks in stone tiles are filled with a polyester resin, and diamond pads are used to grind tile surfaces even. The polyester resin is color matched to the stone. Carefully cleaning the crack, choosing the most appropropriate resin filler, taking time to match the resin color to the stone tile, and finishing the repair completely even with the stone tile creates a seamless repair. The tile repair itself is a work of art, and a skilled stone care professional can repair stone tiles so that the cracks are invisible and restore the tile to a new appearance.

Polyester and Epoxy Resins

These are the main bonding agents used to glue permanently pieces of stone together. They come in liquid form or gel form (called knife grade). We have access to many different kinds of resins and we select the ones that work the best with the specific stone we are working on.

In order to accomplish a good bond, we need to use the right amount of catalyst. Some resin will dry in a few minutes while some others take 24 hours or more. Also, we add some dye to the resin to match the color of the stone.

Uneven Stone Floors

Uneven floor tiles or uneven countertop sections occur when the pieces of stone do not remain perfectly level with each other due to a faulty installation process, or movements in the ground. We call them Lippages. Especially on floors, Lippages higher than 1/8” could cause tripping accidents. We have to use special diamond pads to remove Lippages and level the surfaces.

Chips in Stone Tiles

A chip on the edge of a stone countertop can be fixed with colored resin. Most of the softer stones are easily repaired. On the other hand, granite stones are very difficult to repair because they come from volcanic rock and are very hard.

Sanded Grout vs. Non-sanded Grout

The grout used in the joints of stone tiles is very important to the health of the stone. Different types of grouts may be used for different joint sizes and applications. Sanded grout is a mixture of water, cement, sand, and colored tint. It is used to fill the joints between tiles when they exceed 1/8”. Non-sanded grout is the same mixture, except without the sand. Non-sanded grout is applied when the joints are less than 1/8” wide. If the tiles are set correctly, both types of grout are very strong.

Request a tile repair quote in Santa Barbara

Eco Stone provides expert tile repair in Santa Barbara, CA. Because each natural stone is one-of-a-kind, each stone surface is unique. To request a quote, please contact us to describe the cracks, fractures, or damage in your stone floor. The tile repair process may be slightly different for each tile surface depending on the type of stone in your home, whether it be travertine, granite, marble, slate, or other stone. We’re passionate about preserving the natural beauty of stone tiles and we look forward to hearing from you.