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How Much Does it Cost to Replace Shower Tiles?

When it comes to home upgrades, many people choose to start with renovating their bathroom to improve its look and function. Replacing old shower tile with new material can be a great addition to any home and add aesthetic value.

Shower tile is available in various styles and material types. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages that make it more or less desirable to install. There are also several important factors to consider when it comes to buying shower tile such as slip resistance, size and maintenance.

The Costs

  • Minimum Average Cost per 50 square feet: $180

  • Maximum Average Cost per 50 square feet: $250

How to Choose the Right Shower Tiles 

When choosing tile material, it’s important to keep in mind that you will need to purchase tile that is suitable for both floor and wall use. The material also needs to be approved for wet locations, which means that at least 95 percent of the backside of the tile should be in contact with the tile concrete or thinset.

Shower tiles provide two basic functions; they protect the drywall from moisture and add aesthetic value to a bathroom. There is no precise way to install shower tiles, and the design possibilities are endless. Homeowners who are interested in water-resistant tile should consider glazed tiles over quarry. That is because glazed tiles will not absorb moisture, which can eventually lead to mold. Those who plan on tiling their shower floor should choose tiles that are slip-resistant as well.

When choosing colors, it is important to avoid trends and choose colors that will withstand the test of time. Those who invest in expensive, high-quality tile will not want to replace it several years later when they are tired of the trendy design. Other factors to consider when buying tile include the total cost, the number of tiles needed to finish the project, the size of the shower and the amount of maintenance required to keep the tile looking its best.

Materials Used for Shower Tiles

There are several different materials that shower tiles are made of including:

  • Glass

  • Marble

  • Acrylic

  • Ceramic

Glass and marble shower tiles can create a beautiful display that will increase the value of a home. However, installing tiles made of these materials will also increase the total cost of the project. Homeowners who are redesigning on a tight budget may want to use some of the higher quality tiles for as accent pieces.

Less expensive shower tiles are typically made of acrylic or ceramic material which looks great and can also be customized to create a unique and decorative look. Ceramic tile can also be much easier to clean and maintain over the years.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Shower Tile Replacement

When shower tiles are installed properly, they can last a long time. If taken care of, they will not fade, scratch or stain easily. Any type of shower tile can be long lasting if no short cuts are used during installation. Homeowners can purchase water-resistant and slip-resistant tile that can be extremely beneficial. And the more that a person invests in their shower tile installation, the more value they have added to their home.

If shower tile is not installed correctly, the project could end up costing more than it is actually worth. Installing replacement shower tiles can be very time consuming, and placing it properly to ensure that there are no leaks requires plenty of patience. Many homeowners may desire the beautiful look of mosaic glass or marble shower tiles. However these materials can be very expensive and sometimes require small tiles to be used, which can make cleaning difficult.

Last updated on May 13, 2016

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