For people who want to replace the grout or tile in their bathrooms, there are several factors that affect the final cost of the project. The good news is that bathroom tile renovation can be completed on a budget.
The best way to find estimates from both new and existing tile and grout contractors near you is through an online search. Use a business’s website to fill out a contact form to get started. All you need to do is fill out the basic information about the job. Furthermore, online research can produce a comprehensive list of contractors. You can then call them, email them, or use their websites for more information.
Mildew is a naturally occurring substance that can accumulate in bathrooms. This is especially true for humid climates like in Portland, Oregon. We find that many customers looking for tile and grout replacements are doing so because of the accumulation of mildew and mold in their bathrooms. (Mildew and Mold are types of water damage.) Not having the tile properly installed in the first place can lead to an increased risk for water damage. Water damage can be fixed, but it is typically best to leave it to a professional. If you would like to try a DIY first, use a mildew remover. The mildew that forms is harmless and will not harm the surface or the grout, however, it could be below these surfaces, which is when the damage becomes problematic.
Age of Tile
Another factor that affects the cost of tile and grout repairs is the age of the grout or tile. As tiles and grouts become worn out, the grout will eventually begin to chip, which will result in a larger area of wear between the tiles and grout. In this case, it would be more economical to replace the entire grout instead of just one or two tiles. Older tile and grout will usually require a slightly larger repair bill than new grout.
Quality of Materials
The quality of the tile and grout can also play a role in the cost. Make sure you use quality materials for bathroom tile renovations. Going to a big-box retailer to purchase tile may seem convenient, but beware. Many times these products are of inferior quality and come from different dye lots, which means that the colors may not match perfectly when installed. This may work for a small guest bathroom tile renovation project. However, if it’s your master bathroom, you may decide to go with higher quality materials. If a tile or grout contractor uses inferior materials, the grout or tile will crack after a couple of years of regular use.
Other factors that affect the cost of bathroom tile and grout repairs include the type and quality of contractor you hire. They may be more expensive or more affordable, depending on the type of work they do.