Don't Re-Tile, Regrout!
Tile Regrouting is a process that will dramatically improve the appearance of a tiled area at a fraction of the cost of replacing the tiles. After all, it is not always the tile that makes an area look ugly but often the unsightly, discolored grout.
Look at it this way, the grout is the frame around the picture. If the frame is ugly it makes the picture look ugly too!
What is Regrouting?
Using a specially designed mechanical tool, the technician removes the grout from around the tiles. Like any task, the preparation is the most important part of the final outcome. Once this has been completed, the area is then vacuumed and cleaned and a new grout with an anti-mold additive is applied.
Sealing after Regrouting
Once an area has been grouted or regrouted, it is strongly recommended that the new grout be sealed to prolong the life of the new grout. Grout sealing is a process whereby our technicians apply a penetrating sealer to the new grout. This sealer will help to protect the new grout, make it easier to clean and prevent staining and premature decay.
Areas suitable for Regrouting
Regrouting is suitable for a variety of tiled areas, including but not limited to the following:
Why Regrout - Benefits of Regrouting
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:
Regrouting 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 $$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 Regrouting - Frequently Asked Questions
Can you regrout 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 regrout mozaic tiles or unusually shaped tiles (ie round, hexagonal, octagonal etc).
Do you regrout using grout colors other than white?
Yes, there are a range of grout colors to choose from.
Should I regrout 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 regrout?
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 Regrouting - 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.
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At GroutFix we try to put your mind at ease about your tile and grout projects, so we try to answer a few questions you may have about re-grouting and grout sealing.
If you should have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to earning your business.
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