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Ceramic Tile Floor Repairs and Shower Regrouts

are big topics in the world of tile installation and tile repair. Here's some good information about both.

By popular demand, one of the Guide Articles written by Tile Excellence and published by Mass Reality. Chris is not just a "Massachusetts Home Contractor Guides, but also an expert and published author, [Copper Pans vs. Rubber Membrane]  so you should go check out his articles and posts. 


Ceramic Tile Repairs: Floor Tile Replacement and Shower Re-grouts

Ceramic Tile Floor Repairs and Shower Regrouts

are big topics in the world of tile installation and tile repair. Here's some good information about both.

By popular demand, one of the Guide Articles written by Tile Excellence and published by Mass Reality. Chris is not just a "Massachusetts Home Contractor Guides, but also an expert and published author, [Copper Pans vs. Rubber Membrane]  so you should go check out his articles and posts. 


Ceramic Tile Repairs: Floor Tile Replacement and Shower Re-grouts

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ceramic Tile Repairs: Floor Tile Replacement and Shower Re-grouts 


Tile repairs are a very specialized service and it can be hard to get tile contractors interested in small, sometimes difficult, detailed repairs. The trick to these repairs is to remove and replace the broken materials without it being obvious that it has been repaired. To complete these repairs and have it not look like an afterthought is a very tricky undertaking.

The first step 

is to remove the grout around the targeted tile so as not to disturb the tiles around it that will not be removed. Grout binds together tiles and gives it solidity and if not removed then action against one tile can affect others. Many times it takes a hammer and a chisel to remove tiles and if the grout is not removed first then the impact can break surrounding tiles as well.

After the grout is removed, the tile to be replaced can be broken from the middle out in 

pieces and removed carefully using the hammer and chisel a little at a time or all at once if the tile is not bonded very well. If it is bonded strongly, then a little at a time is the only way to remove it. After the tile is removed, the task of chipping off the thinset or adhesive is the next step and can be very difficult and time-consuming - as well as creating a mess and a lot of dust! Again, the hammer and chisel will be your best bet unless you have an electric alternative. Once you've removed all the adhesive, you can re-adhere your replacement tile back in place of the one you've removed, wait some time for it to dry, and then re-grout the repaired area with the same color grout as the rest of the area around the repair.

Shower re-grouts are in some ways much easier because you don't have 

to worry about breaking tiles from removal. But scraping and cleaning of the grout and old caulk can be very patience-testing. Any loose grout or caulk has to be removed completely before the new can be applied. The trick to these repairs is getting the new grout to adhere to the old grout. This is generally accomplished by removing enough grout from the area so the new grout has room to stay. Generally you need 1/8 of a inch of new grout on top of the old for it to adhere and not flake out later. Repairs are in some ways much harder than standard installations and in many cases you should get a professional to come out and implement the repair if possible. If you can't seem to gather any interest from any tile guys to do your repair, I will be glad to assist you in any way I can - just give me a call and I'll gladly walk you through it right over the phone!

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