What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Grouting
Grout has been the weak link in tile installations over the tile industry’s entire lifetime. It historically cracks easier, discolours, and wears faster than the tile it is placed in between. This is only sometimes true today and is preventable with proper material selection and installation.
Many people think that Grout has failed when it is flaking out of the space between the tiles. In most cases, the failure is actually with the substrate, and the grout failure is only a symptom. Many installers will skip proper subfloor reinforcement and underlayment to save short term costs. The movement that occurs because of this will fatigue the Grout over time, and appear like a grout problem. If you have Grout coming out of the joints in sections, there is a strong possibility that the only lasting repair is a total replacement of the tile installation.
Assuming that the tile substrate and installation were done up to industry standards, then Grout should last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. We have a wide range of property Melbourne regrouting services at Hitch Property Constructions.
There are essentially three types of Grout available: cementitious, epoxy, and single component.
Cementitious grouts are cement bases (as the name implies) and are mixed with water at the time of installation. They are the type of Grout that most people think of when they think of Grout (especially dirty looking Grout). Although the technology is significantly better today than it has been historically, there are still many limitations.
- Most cost-efficient initially
- Highest lifetime cost
- Can dry uneven or blotchy
- Porous and accept stains readily
- Require maintenance sealing
- Minimal flexibility
- Prone to installer error
- Vary greatly on quality based on price
- Impervious to water
- Consistent colour
- High installation cost
- Turns yellow in areas exposed to sunlight
- Require entire batches for patchwork and touchup
Single Component Grouts:
- Newest grout technology
- Best stain resistance
- Lower cost to install than epoxy
- Require long dry times before use (in wet areas)
- Useable for patches/touchups for up to two years
- Consistent from bucket to bucket
What Is The Cost To Regrout Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile may be beautiful but stained or damaged Grout surrounding the tile can make it not-so-beautiful and become an eyesore. If you have a ceramic tile floor or walls, you know it’s a hard-working surface. But if the Grout becomes discoloured or cracked it can lose its holding power and damage the underlayment. You can fix the problem by removing the damaged Grout and then applying new Grout. You can hire a tile installer or handyman to do the job, or invest in a few tools and materials and do it yourself.
Choose a latex caulk or one specified for the type of tiles you’re repairing. To do the job manually, use a utility knife, and Grout saw to remove the old Grout or get a multi-tool or drill attachment designed for the job. The job involves removing the old Grout, cleaning out the grout joints, applying the new Grout and then smoothing the joint. A glaze appears on the tile that should be wiped off. Then to complete the job, caulk all the openings to seal them. The figure, the job will take about two days because the Grout needs time to dry, and the caulk needs another day to cure. Looking for regrouting services Melbourne on property maintenance? Look no further! Hitch Property Constructions has you covered.
For 80 square feet of ceramic tile, a handyman service will charge $1037 to remove old Grout and apply new grout. You can do the job for $75, the cost of a multi-tool and material, and save 82 per cent.
The average price to regrout ceramic tile noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Things to know about grouting and regrouting prices.
There are a number of factors that grouting and regrouting specialists consider in order to arrive at the proper quote. These typically include the following:
Size of the area
Businesses base the prices of their grouting and regrouting services on the size of the area to be covered. That’s why if you have a large area that needs to be taken care of, you should prepare a bigger budget for it.
Type of Grout
There are several types of Grout, and each has a different function, level of durability, and price. Unsanded Grout is used for floors and walls with smaller tile joints or spaces between tiles. On the other hand, finely sanded Grout is used when the tile joints are a little wider. If budget isn’t a problem, you can have epoxy grout applied on your tiles. This kind of Grout is durable and highly stain-resistant; it is also impermeable to liquids, meaning sealants are no longer required.
In case you didn’t opt for epoxy grout, you’ll need to have the sealant applied after grouting in order to avoid having liquids and other foreign material seep under the tiles. This may not be included in the standard package, so you’ll have to pay extra for it.
Remove Grout or Salvage It?
Before you start, it is well worth seeing if it is possible to salvage the Grout and not go have the harder job of removing it. In some cases, it can be cleaned with mould killers and “revived “with Grout reviving products that are on the market. The success of these really depends on the quality of the product, some are better and more longer lasting than others.
One particular product that we have used and had great results from is the grout revival system from Grout Shield. The pack allows you to clean, recondition, recolour and then colour seal your grout lines for a long-lasting clean look.
It is also possible to make your own grout cleaning solution by mixing a few common household items together. There are various recipes available online, and as always, they vary in success. Some common recipes are:
- 1/4 cup of bleach, 3/4 cup of baking soda – Mix up your solution until it forms a paste and then apply it in sections to the Grout and allow it to sit for around 10 mins and using an old toothbrush, green scourer or nail brush, give it a good scrub. You may need to repeat this several times, depending on the level of mould or staining. Once finished, wash everything down with clean water. NOTE: As you are using bleach, always wear gloves, old clothes and suitable goggles
- 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 5ml of liquid soap – Mix the items together into a paste and then apply it to your Grout and leave it for 5-10 mins to start working. Using an old toothbrush, gently work the mixture in and then once done, wash all surfaces down with clean water.
On the whole, we have found that homemade grout cleaners do work to a certain degree, but in most cases, they will never get your grout lines looking like new, but if you are happy with this then give them a try. If you are looking for that “as-new” look, then it’s best to go with a specialist product such as the one mentioned above.
If you can clean up the Grout and save yourself the effort of removing and replacing it is it well worth investigating these products, but if you are reading this page, it is highly likely that you are past this stage so removal and replacing the Grout might be the only option.
Reasons for Removing the Grout between the Tiles
There are a couple of reasons for wanting to re Grout a wall. Here are some of the most common:
- The colour of the Grout that you have needed changing
- The Grout has badly cracked or is crumbling out of the joints, perhaps because it was not done well in the first place
- The Grout is stained, brown or black and mouldy (and it can’t be cleaned in the ways mentioned above)
If the Grout is mouldy and stained, as we have mentioned before, we would strongly suggest that before you start raking out the Grout, you spend some time removing the mould. If the mould is black and it is cleaned properly, there may be a chance you do not need to re Grout.
If you have a mould problem, you should attempt to address this also. Cleaning or even removing and replacing the Grout might make your bathroom look lovely again, but this will only be for a short time if you do not address the cause of the mould. See our project on the causes of black mould in bathrooms and kitchens and how you can stop it happening.
If the mould is brown, it can mean that water is getting in behind the wall tiles somehow and soaking through the joints. In this instance, the water generally brings some salts with it from the wall behind the tiles, and this tends to leave a brown stain in the joint. If you discover a place where water could be getting in, there is no point regrouting until you have stopped the leak.
How to Remove Grout By Hand
To remove Grout, there is only really one effective tool, and that is called a grout rake. It is purpose made for this job and normally features replaceable blades that can be swapped as and when existing ones wear out. Using this tool takes a fraction of the time it takes to do the same job with an old nail (historically, a nail was the go-to object for this job)!
Scraping Grout with a rake
Scraping Grout from tiles with a rake – Grout rakes are available here from our online tool store.
It does not really matter where you start if you are doing an entire kitchen or bathroom, buts it best to start in the corner of one wall and work your way around the room.
To begin, place the grout rake in the joint. Move the rake up and down (you will need to push into the joint quite hard) and you will see the Grout begin to powder and drop. Grout is tough, so this takes some time to get into and through it. In terms of depth, 2mm is the very least you need to remove to allow the new Grout to stay in the joints.
Grout rakes are pretty cheap, typically less than £5 and if you are going to be tackling a large area ensure that you get a few spare blades.
Some rakes allow you to fit two blades side-by-side which can be useful if you are working on Grout which is in larger gaps between the tiles. Have a look here for our full range of Grout Rakes
When using a rake, take your time and be careful. It’s quite easy to slip and score or mark surrounding tiles, and if you accidentally crack one or more tiles, you may also end up replacing these along with your Grout.
How to Remove Grout between Tiles with Power Tools
If you are working on larger areas, it might not be practical to work by hand with a grout rake, as this could take forever! Also, if the gap between the tiles is fairly large, it might be more difficult to use a grout rake effectively. Hitch Property Constructions has a wide range of regrouting services.
In these circumstances, you might consider using a power tool to remove the Grout, but this does have its risks. You need to make sure that you don’t damage the tiles with whichever power tool you choose to use, so a little practice in an unseen area is strongly advised before you move on to more exposed areas.
There are specific grout removal tools which will have oscillating or vibrating actions that force the tip of the tool into the Grout to remove it. Typically most Tradesmen or DIY-ers don’t tend to use these tools unless they remove an awful lot of grout day today.