Why is the floor tile cracked in my mobile home?

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Without actually examining the tile and floor underlayment, we can’t tell you for sure what is causing the problem, but the floor sheathing in a mobile home is not designed to accept ceramic floor tile over it unless it was originally installed at the factory. Tile requires a stiff underlayment that does not flex at all when walked on—or when a refrigerator or range is rolled over it.

   When a homeowner decides to lay ceramic tile over a floor that was originally covered with carpet or vinyl tile, it’s necessary to lay down an additional layer of plywood or a cement tile backer board to provide sufficient resistance to flexing of the underlayment that causes cracking. 

   If ceramic tile has been installed on a manufactured home floor as part of a remodeling, the floor should be noticeably higher that surrounding carpet due to the additional thickness of added underlayment. While the impact of a heavy object dropped on a tile floor can cause a crack or two, multiple cracks in a tile floor are likely due to lack of an adequately stiff underlayment. 

    Also, see our blog post What causes a crowned floor in a mobile/manufactured home?

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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES:

Where can I file a complaint if I have problems with my new or used manufactured/mobile home in Florida?

 What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers?

How do I determine the age of a very old mobile home?

What is a "HUD label verification letter" for a mobile/manufactured home?  

When did a ground cover vapor barrier (plastic sheet) become required under a mobile/manufactured home? 

Is it safe to go under a mobile home? 

Are older mobile homes unsafe? 

What do I need to know about buying a foreclosed mobile home? 

Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it? 

Where do I find the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a mobile home? 

How do I find out how old a mobile home is and who manufactured it?

What is the right price for a used mobile home?

How energy efficient is a mobile home?

When were the first double-wide mobile homes manufactured?

How do I upgrade my old (pre-1976) mobile home to meet HUD standards?

What size air conditioner is right for my mobile home? 

Can you move an older mobile home in Florida? 

What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home? 

Can you put a zone 1 mobile home in Florida?

How can I remove water under my mobile home?

What's the differences between a trailer, a mobile home, a manufactured home, and a modular home? 

What is a D-sticker mobile home? 

What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?

How fireproof is a mobile home?  

Can I install a mobile home myself?

What is a Park Model mobile home?  

Does an addition to a mobile home have to comply with the HUD Code? 

What walls can I remove in a mobile home?

What can I do to prevent dampness and mold in my mobile home? 

How can I tell if a mobile home is well constructed?

• How can I tell the difference between a manufactured home and a modular home?

       Visit our MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES  page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles. 

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