What are some of the issues we might encounter?
Cracks in the ceramic tile are a very common issue that can occur. If you live in an area that experiences extremes in temperature, the home can start to expand or contract which can cause the cracks in the tile. Incorrect installation of the tiles could also cause this. As with most kinds of flooring, all types of wear and tear could also cause the tile to crack. To fix the issue, small cracks could be filled in with a little grout, but if the cracks are a bit too big to fill in this way, they will need to be replaced.
Another typical maintenance issue is that the grout can start to crack or crumble or become discolored. This will likely occur if the grout has not been sealed correctly, and so will start to absorb moisture. It will become more apparent around tiled areas that experience a lot of wetness, such as bathrooms. If the grout starts to become too bad, you will need to remove it and redo it.
On occasion, when the tiles have not being been installed properly, they become uneven. It may be very noticeable, but check if you can see any unevenness. If this is the case, you will likely need to do the job again.
In summary, as we have considered from this brief overview, on occasion ceramic tiles do require some maintenance, as is the case with all areas of the home. Overall though, they are a good, durable option.