Comparing The Potential Alternatives For Fixing Worn Out Bathroom Tile

Posted on: 16 September 2016


People are becoming more and more familiar with companies that offer to make a bathtub look like new with tub resurfacing, also sometimes called tub reglazing. However, not everyone is familiar with the idea of using a similar process to make bathroom tile look like new. This tile refinishing process has both advantages and disadvantages when compared to the alternatives, such as painting the tiles yourself or replacing the bathroom tile entirely.

Painting Bathroom Tile

Painting bathroom tile a new color isn't as simple as going out and buying paint in the color of your choice and slapping it on with a paintbrush. Although it's typically the least expensive alternative, it can take quite a bit of work if you do it yourself. First, the existing tile needs to be roughened up using either an acid-based product or a 220-grit carbide sandpaper. Next, a special primer made for bonding paint to ceramic tile has to be sprayed over the surface of the tile. Finally, a special expoxy-based paint should be sprayed on. This type of paint only comes in certain pastel shades and the application is a two-part process. Keep in mind that the tile and the grout have to be in perfect condition to get good results, as any imperfections will just be magnified once they're covered with paint.

Refinishing or Reglazing

Tile refinishing, often called reglazing, is another alternative. There are kits to do this yourself, which can be quite inexpensive, but hiring a professional to come in and take care of the project typically gives much better results. A professional tile refinishing project costs an average of $1,075, while replacing the tile can cost as much as $4,432. The exact cost will depend on the condition of the existing tiles, as any damage will have to be fixed before refinishing the tiles. The size of the area to be refinished also affects the cost, as it's common for companies to charge by the square foot, with rates ranging from about $4 to $10 per square foot. Once any damage or missing grout is repaired, the surface will be etched to help create a bond, and then a primer and multiple coats of a substance called catalyzed acrylic urethane in the color of choice will be sprayed on and buffed to make the tiles look like new. 

Installing New Tile

People who want to have tiles and grout in different colors need to install new tile, as both of the above processes result in the tile and grout being the same color. This may also be the best option those with a lot of damage to their existing tile. It's the most expensive process, however, as well as the most time-consuming. The type of tile chosen will affect the costs, as well as whether any damage is caused during the removal of the old tile. In some cases, the wall behind the tile is damaged and needs to be replaced, increasing the overall cost of the project.

Contact a company like Superior Glazing where the resurfacing specialists have a solution. Resurfacing is a low-cost alternative to removing and replacing your existing bathroom fixtures.