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How Much Does it Cost to Reglaze Bathroom Tiles?

Homeowners planning to remodel their bathroom have a lot to consider when it comes to the scale of their project. Two factors that homeowners should always take into consideration is the cost of materials and the overall budget. To cut back on costs, restoring the life of the tub, shower, tile and sink can save thousands of dollars. One way to do this is to reglaze the tile that currently exists in the bathroom.

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The Costs

  • Average minimum cost of bathroom tile reglazing: $16.95
  • Average maximum cost of bathroom tile reglazing: $142.36

Materials and Use

Over time, bathroom tiles can really show their age, resulting in an appearance that's something less than desired. Replacing this tile in or around a bathtub or a bathroom sink can be a major undertaking. Ripping apart tiles can also damage the surrounding walls and even the tub if not done properly. A viable and cost-effective alternative is reglazing or refinishing the existing tiles. Once the tiles are cleaned and repaired (if needed) the area is ready for reglazing. Reglazing basically restores luster to the tiles and breathes new life into their appearance and function. Some common tile areas in the bathroom that can be reglazed include:

  • Shower
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Countertop

The age and condition of the bathroom tiles should be taken into consideration. For tiles that are severely chipped or broken, they should be replaced prior to a reglaze. Homeowners should keep in mind that it may be more challenging to get a precise color match when replacing old tiles with new and then finishing the look with a reglaze.

Reglazing is recommended for certain surface tiles including ceramic tile, cultured marble, fiberglass, porcelain tiles and some laminate tiles. For DIY projects, the homeowner needs to make sure that the glazing compound is compatible with what it is being used for.

The reglazing method involves going over all of the tiles to make sure there are no cracks or chips. If there are small cracks present, the area must be repaired with Bondo or a type of polyester putty; this will assure that the surface is smooth and waterproof. After the tiles are cleaned and filled, the surface will be prepared with an acid etching, followed by a surface primer. Once dry, the tile surface is ready for its first coat. The reglazing compound will consist of a chemical-base of urethanes, polymers and epoxies. The glaze or coating is either sprayed, rolled or brushed on for ease of use. Once the glazing is complete, an additional seal coat may be added for a long-lasting finish. By committing to a reglazing project, the homeowner will avoid purchasing new tiles as well as new flooring and walls.

Advantages of Reglazing Bathroom Tiles

There are a lot of cost advantages to reglazing bathroom tiles as opposed to replacing them. The biggest one is restoration. For outdated or rare tiles that the homeowner really wishes to keep, it can be impossible or expensive to find the same tiles that are in good to excellent condition. Restoring will bring the life back into the tile and make them look almost new. The high gloss glaze finish will make the tile look almost brand new and add a sheen that will breathe new life into the bathroom space. Over time, tiles can become stained and discolored. This is common and caused from excessive wear, cleaning and use of harsh chemicals over the course of several years.

Because new tiles can be expensive, recoating them is a better alternative. In some cases, the color and style can be completely changed through a reglazing. Some reglazing kits contain color tints that will alter the look of the tiles; this allows for an entirely different color scheme, which can add a variety of flair to the décor of the bathroom and the entire project.

Another advantage is that most reglazing compounds are permanent. They are often under warranty to provide a luster for several years if applied correctly. This holds the same value factor as new tile replacement because it’s not just a temporary fix. Once dry, glazed surfaces can be treated the same way as traditional tile surfaces. This means the homeowner can use the same care and cleaning materials as with traditional tile cleaners and polishers.

Disadvantages of Reglazing Bathroom Tiles

While the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages of reglazing bathroom tile spaces, there are a few drawbacks. The biggest one is the chemical process involved when glazing the tiles. Extreme caution should be used when handling the product. While each product varies with its chemical compound base, most contain methylene chloride. This is an extremely dangerous and toxic chemical that can alter brain function. It is very important that the person applying the glazing treatment wear proper safety gear and a respirator or mask. It is also important that the bathroom area have adequate ventilation and fans to draw the chemicals out of the air. Using care when handling the reglazing compound will prevent overexposure and the harmful fumes from reaching one's mucous membranes.

Drying can be tricky when using a glazing product. To ensure that the glaze is applied effectively, it must dry completely. This means the bathroom temperature should be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and moisture should be kept away from the tiles for at least 72 hours or more. Failure to do so will result in the finishing process being disrupted and having to be repeated.

Find A Pro

As you can see, a cost-effective alternative to remodeling your entire bathroom is tile reglazing. While tile reglazing can be done by the experienced do-it-yourselfer, it is a project better left to certified bathroom contractors.

Last updated on Jan 12, 2017

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