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Friday, May 31, 2013

$100 pool tile repair

So many pool owners have shared with me how hard and expensive it is to have pool tile repaired.The pool maintanance and repair companies want to redo the whole pool gunite and all.This repaster and tile install Is very costly  thousands to be more precise.Finding a professional to just do a quality tile replacement can be challenging and downright frustrating.First off tile installation on a swimming pool  cost about 3 times the cost per sq ft of  a normal tile installation.second of all the pool tile removel and replacement s very specialized not just any tile man can remove and replace tile on a pool so as you cant tell its been replaced.I love doing swimming pool tile, because i love the sun and being outside.In the not to far off future We will be going back home to Florida and I will probably in semi retirement do only swimming pools.So to get back to the useful info  pools can be challenging. first thing to do in a pool repair is cut all around the outside of any tile to be removed ,on the botom line of tile (where it meets gunite/concrete)the score line has to be really straight because your new  tile line will sit on this ledge,and in order for it to be staight and level thos LIP  has to be perfect.I always use a hand grinder with a 4 inch diamond blade to cut out the line and the grout before removing the old tiles.Installation of the new tiles should always be done with thinset mortar mixed kind of thick to hold the tiles in place where you stick them.when Mixing the grout ALWAYS ad portland cement to your grout for added strength and durability. About 3 parts grout and 1 part portland cement(comes in gray  and white colors) Its probably better for the do it yourselfer to do this repair in the morning or late evening when the direct sun is not right on your area to be repaired. below are some pictures of the pool I repaired this past week and charged $100 for the repair. This just proves (IF I DID IT FOR THIS PRICE)  There are people out there who will treat you right on your pool repair  you just have to find them
the pictures below are of the pool repair and the thinset/medium bed mortar that I used to do it. The job is in wenham ma. for some folkes Ive done 3 other jobs for  great people ! this repair took me 1 hour to complete
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loose tile removed ready to replace

closer look

tile replaced ready to grout 

finished product

another closer look of finished



15 comments:

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  2. I really like the blog and the pool looks great. I am looking to do some tile installation in Seattle wa. I want to get my own pool built at my house.

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  3. I wasn't that much sound for the tiling solutions. Nice cutting information. I will use such ideas for best flooring tiles solutions.

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  4. According to Arizona Pool Repair, pool tile repairs are important to avoid any safety hazard. Ceramic tiles or Pool tiles can be very sharp when cracked, opening a potential threat for cuts and skin abrasions for swimmers. That's why it's important for Pool owners to regularly have Pool maintenance to prevent this sort of accidents.

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  5. thanks for the comments and the useful info I really enjoy doing swimming pool repairs and my customers are so appreciative to find a reasonable repairman that's not costing them thousands regards chris

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  6. Replastering the swimming pool and replacing the pool tiles from the pool is a hard task and it is very costly.This work is bit frustrating and it takes lot of time to be done.So, to save your time and money do have the experts advice as they know how to finish such work in very less time and they will help you in having the cheap and smooth tiles at very comparable rates.

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    1. Mr. Charles. I notice you own a pool company, so your comments make sense in that our tile expert was showing people reasonable and simplified method. You are seeking business, so we are coming from different perspectives. Diana

      From Chris: Pool companies generally will not just replace tile. Instead they INSIST on re-plastering as well. That is very, very costly and in many cases is not necessary and just tile needs replacing. It is very hard to find a pool company that will just do the tile without additional services being required. We are targeting a particular niche of homeowners and focusing on their tile REPLACEMENT needs, not major pool repair and plastering. There are many pool owners who can't afford thousands of dollars for unnecessary plastering when all they need is a line of tile replaced or just a couple of tiles replaced. We here at Tile Excellence try and provide our readers with economic and practical solutions to often expensive options. PLEASE note-we ARE NOT saying our solutions are for all situations.. Often major work is necessary, and this solution would NOT work. We also advocate SAFETY. So anything beyond replacing simple tiles is not part of this blog post-leave that for the professional pool companies like Darren's. BUT, to imply a tile master of 34+ years can't share how to replace simple pool tile without other complications is insulting and unprofessional on your part.

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  7. My salt water pool has a leak where the tile meets the pool top. The tiles are not loose. Some say you have to remove all the grout and some say only if it is crumbling. Do I need to seal it? I have a premixed grout. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanks Dawn

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  8. Premixed grout is not what you want to use. If you read the fine print on the premixed grout container you will see it says " not for wet area applications". I would suggest using dry powder grout that required mixing with water. But instead of using water use " a critic mortar admixture " liquid for added strength and flexablity. Scrap or clean out all the grout that is suspect of fault and replace with the new grout mixed with the straight admixture liquid . Be sure to fill the grout areas as full as possible and wipe off excess with sponge before is becomes hard. About 5 min after grout is applied hope this helps you. Chris

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  9. Premixed grout is not what you want to use. If you read the fine print on the premixed grout container you will see it says " not for wet area applications". I would suggest using dry powder grout that required mixing with water. But instead of using water use " a critic mortar admixture " liquid for added strength and flexablity. Scrap or clean out all the grout that is suspect of fault and replace with the new grout mixed with the straight admixture liquid . Be sure to fill the grout areas as full as possible and wipe off excess with sponge before is becomes hard. About 5 min after grout is applied hope this helps you. Chris

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