Why Re-grout - Benefits of Re-grouting
Price – Your tiled areas can look "as new" for a fraction of the cost of retiling or a full renovation. Retiling / full renovation usually including the following costs:
•The new tiles themselves
•Removal & disposal of the old tiles
•Charge for laying and grouting the new tiles
•And in the bathroom, possibly also
•Replacement fixtures and fitting (taps, toilet, bath, vanity, shower screen, towel rails)
•Time – In, out and done in a day or two rather than coordinating plumbers and tilers and other tradesmen over multiple visits.
•Convenience – re-grouting can usually be carried out with much less down time than retiling or a full renovation.
•Environment – in today’s disposable society, why strip and replace a structurally sound tiled area to end up in land fill? A simple make-over will bring it up looking as new! Would you throw out a picture just because the frame is ugly???
Re-grouting is a 'green' solution, saving on carbon emissions compared with tile replacement. Replacing / retiling is a poor option in an age where conservation is of concern. Do your bit to help save the environment.
Increase your property value– A well-presented property can add thousands ££’s to the selling price, sell quicker and appeal to a broader range of buyers. Aside from the kitchen, which most home buyers consider to be the most important room in the house, the bathrooms are considered a key selling point. It makes sense to spend a fraction of the selling price on ensuring your home is presented and shown to it’s maximum potential.
Rental Property– A well-presented property will attract tenants, may justify a higher rent and will generally lease quicker. An investment property is usually one of your most important assets. It makes sense to spend a fraction of its value in keeping the property well maintained and preventing problems from developing in the long-run.
General Re-grouting - Frequently Asked Questions
Can you Re-grout wall and floor tiles?
Yes, but not all tiles are suitable for re-grouting. As a guide, the tiles must be at 4 inches square. We cannot re-grout mozaic tiles or unusually shaped tiles (ie round, hexagonal, octagonal etc).
Do you re-grout using grout colors other than white?
Yes, there are a range of grout colors to choose from.
Should I re-grout or re-tile?
your grout is moldy / discolored / cracked decayed.
the tiles are at least 4 inches square.
the tiles themselves are in good condition.
you are happy with color of tiles.
budget / time dictates.
budget is not an issue.
time / inconvenience is not an issue.
the tiles are too small or otherwise not suited to re-grouting.
you are not happy with the color of the tiles.
the tiles have been resurfaced previously.
What type of tiles can you re-grout?
Ceramic, vitrified, porcelain, marble, limestone, granite to name a few.
Would there be any reason that my tiles could not be re-grouted?
If there are too many loose / cracked or broken tiles.
If the tiles are less than or 4 inches square.
If epoxy grouting or concrete has been used previously.
If the tiles have been resurfaced previously.
Shower / Bathroom Re-grouting - Frequently Asked Questions
Can’t you just clean my shower to get rid of the mold?
No, once the mold has penetrated the grout the only way to get rid of it is to remove the existing grout, then replace it. All the cleaning in the world will only remove the mold from the surface of the grout and the mold will simply redevelop from the inside out. Further, cleaning the grout with harsh chemicals and cleaners such as bleach actually decay the grout over time, making the grout more porous and encouraging further mold development.
Will sealing the grout in my shower stop mold developing?
The short answer is No. Sealing your grout will help to protect the grout and also make it easier to clean but it does not change the environment. A shower / bathroom is obviously a wet area, with high levels of humidity – the perfect environment for mold to flourish. The best steps you can take to prolong the life of your grout and prevent mold build up are to use a quality grout with an anti-mold additive, seal the new grout, keep the area as well ventilated as possible and avoid the use of harsh chemicals and cleaners.
Why do I have to leave my shower dry prior to re-grouting and how long for?
On average, you will be asked to leave your shower dry for 24 hours before and after regrouting. It is important the shower is left dry in order to ensure you achieve the best possible results. Excess moisture in the shower can lead to a condition know as bleed back which can lead to discoloration of your new grout.