Bathroom Tile Repair FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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For more complex tile repairs or if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, it’s best to hire a professional. the Home Services team at Merrick knows that each case is different and can help determine what repair is right for your tile installation. Our team has the tools and knowledge to repair or replace tiles quickly and effectively.

Tile repairs can be a simple DIY project or a complex process that requires professional assistance. Re-grouting, tile replacement, surface repair, and professional repair are all options depending on the damage to your tile. Remember, prevention is always the best approach to tile repair. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent damage to your tiles and prolong their lifespan.

Yes, depending on the level of damage bathroom tile can often be repaired instead of replaced. If one of 2 tiles are loose than can be popped off, cleaned and reinstalled. Surround can be regrouted, and caulk re done. Minor chips can be repaired. However, for extensive damage it maybe more cost effective to replace rather than repair. Whether you are planning to do the work yourself or higher a professional make you compare the time it will take to make the repair vs, replacement.

Small chips or cracks in bathroom tile can be fixed by cleaning them thoroughly with denatured alcohol and then filling the damaged area with a siliconized caulk or a tile repair kit. Depending on the size of the chip or crack it may be less noticeable to simply leave it alone.

 If your tile has a small chip or scratch on the surface, you can use a tile repair kit to fix it. These kits typically come with a filler that you can use to fill in the damaged area. Once the filler is dry, you can sand it down to create a smooth surface. Then, apply a sealer to protect the repaired area. This will be less noticeable in a stone look tile that has some variation to it already. Kits are available from The Home Depot CalFlor TileFix Tile and Stone Repair Kit FL49113CF – The Home Depot

It can be but, it doesn’t have to. Every bathroom is different. When pricing a tile replacement, you need to account for the labor and materials needed. To remove a midcentury or earlier bathroom surround takes time. More recent tile surrounds can easily be removed in a couple hours. Small tile will take longer to set by hand than large format tiles. So will intricate patterns like herring bone. Glass, natural stone and cement tiles all require additional steps for installation. A designer or tile installer can help you select the right materials to fit your budget.

The simple answer is no. Bathroom floor tile runs below your toilet and wainscoting tiles directly behind it. To replace these tiles, you will first need to remove the toilet. Attempting to cut the existing tiles around the base or back of the toilet will likely jostle the toilet and could easily affect the wax ring below that prevent water and sewer gas leaks. Not to mention a repair like that would be unsightly. 

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