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Hi I moved in to a recently renovated home one year ago. The kitchen had new ceramic tiles installed, with sanded grouted filled in the 5/8 inch joints. I sealed the grout after moving in as I was told that had not been done. Recently I noticed the grout along a line of tile edges has cracked and the crack runs the width of the kitchen. I am noticing grout fissures/cracks running in another direction as well, again along the edges of the tiles. I have read this could be a sub floor issue. Aside from having the tiles removed and the sub floor addressed (if that is the issue) are there any other options? Can I remove the cracked grout and just re-grout?

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I have a similar problem. My builder used dimensional lumber for the joists. I asked him if thet would be sufficiently stiff for tile floors, and he said yes. Then after the cracks started, I asked him why the cracks, but he said he didn't know why. It's not necessarily the subfloor but the combination of joists, subfloor, and concrete backer boards under the tile. If you can access the joists under the floor, perhaps you can reinforce them with additional joists or stiffeners before regrouting.
As for me, I have done neither so far. Wife has not complained, so I spend my spare time helping people on FixYa. Like you, I fear regrouting will just lead to recracking, and I no longer have access to the joists. :o(

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Grout will crack up and tiles will crack due to any movement in the sub floor. If the grout is cracking out in one specific place in the floor, than that is the location of subfloor and/or joists that have movement. There are many reasons for movement. The main reason is builders will nail down subfloor instead of screw them down. Nailing will always cause problems in the future. Another is when screwing the subfloor down, it is imperitive to hit the joists to stop movement. If your basement is unfinished, have a look and see if there are nails or screws. If you see any, than they missed the joists. That would be the problem.

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