Cracked grout ?
Our 1600 sq ft house is about 4 yrs old. We had 12 x 12 porcelain tile installed throughout the entire house. In the last 2 years numerous cracks in the grout have occurred. In one area the edges of tiles have cracked in addition to the grout. So far we have lived with them, but now we have decided to have something done. My question is what to do? I'm not sure if putting tile in the entire house was a good idea- our decision was based on the fact that we live in the country and have a lot of red mud tracked in by our dog.
If we decide to put down carpet in the bedrooms will we have to take up the tile to have it put down - if not should we have the tile repaired before we do so (we have lots of extra tile). If we decide to get the tile repaired what can we do to make sure the grout doesn't crack again? Can another type (wood or engineered wood) floor be put on top of the tile w/o taking it up? Another issue that we have had with the floor is the grout was apparently never sealed. A lot of mystery stains have occurred in areas that are not used in the house. Any suggestions as to what to use to get rid of the stains if we decide to keep the tile and how to seal it afterwards? Thanks.