How Much Does It Cost To Reglaze Bathroom Tiles?
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Reglazing tile brings back that glow and aroma your bathroom had the day you moved in. Rather than spending up to $5,000 on a new tub or bathroom tile, homeowners around the country are regalzing their bathroom tile to make it shine like it should. See its low costs and benefits below.
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Table of Contents
- Reglazing Tile Costs
- Video: How To Reglaze Tile
- Tile Reglazing Cost Factors
- Reglazing Bathroom Tile Frequently Asked Questions
- Will Reglazing Bathroom Tile Save you Money?
- Reglazing Tile Uses
- Tile Reglazing Advantages
- Tile Reglazing Disadvantages
- DIY Or Hire A Pro?
- How To Find A Tile Refinishing Contractor
- Reglazing Bathroom Tile Materials
- How To Reglaze Tile
- Find A Bathroom Pro
Reglazing Tile Costs
Unlike many bathroom remodeling projects, tile reglazing costs are minimal. Reglazing tile bathroom costs range between $16.95 and $95.20 per square foot. In terms overall costs, expect to pay approximately $1,000 to professionally reglaze your bathroom tile. It may seem steep, but when compared to a new bathtub (at least $2,500), you can see that reglazing is an affordable alternative.
- Average Minimum Cost of Bathroom Tile Reglazing: $16.95/sf
- Average Maximum Cost of Bathroom Tile Reglazing: $95.20/sf
Video: How To Reglaze Tile
Tile Reglazing Cost Factors
The process of reglazing bathroom tile is straightforward, but like most bathroom remodeling projects, there are cost considerations that can increase or decrease your tile refinishing price. You may not be able to affect a few factors below, but knowing all beforehand will surely help you decrease your final glazing bathroom tile cost.
State of Tile
Believe it or not, some bathrooms receive little TLC for years. As you might expect, that bathroom tile has a lot more wear and tear than tile that has been cleaned and attended to often. Well, that lack of attention costs you when it come to reglazing.
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.
Whether it’s scratches, large brown spots or replacement, it’s going to cost more to reglaze old, grungy, bathroom tile.
DIY or Hire Tile Contractor?
The next most important cost factor is whether or not you hire a tile contractor. There are DIY ceramic tile refinishing and reglazing kits available, however, some materials, like hydrofluoric acid, are dangerous. As you saw in the video above, professionals wear gloves, a mask and usually an entire bodysuit. That should indicate how careful any DIYer must be.
Nonetheless, if you do tackle this project on your own, your reglazing tile cost could drop to $500.
There are a few different methods of reglazing. Some are more involved than others, thus demanding more work and more cash. However, the biggest difference between the two primary reglazing methods is the hydrofluoric acid. Some pros or projects call for it, but other, less severe projects do not. As you might expect, including this step adds time and materials, thus, driving up your tile reglazing cost.
Size of Project
Like most home renovation ventures, the cost largely depends on the size of the project. Some homeowners reglaze a small tile countertop area, while others reglaze an entire bathtub and shower surround. Needless to say, the bigger the project, the more expensive your reglazing tile cost will be.
Luckily, that $1,000 average addresses larger reglazing projects.
Reglazing contractors use a lot of tools to get the job done right. Therefore, they need space to work and get around. This largely comes into play when working with smaller bathrooms. If there is a toilet in the way, few outlets or other obstructions, your tub and tile reglazing pro may charge more. Therefore, when glazing services come to your house for an accurate bid, clear out as much clutter as possible. The easier it is to work, the less expensive your tile reglazing project will be.
Unlike a broken pipe or HVAC system, timing is not usually of the essence in terms of tile reglazing. However, some homeowners want the work done as soon as possible. While the actual project should not take longer than three or four hours (plus three days to sink in), pros will charge more if you want it done right away.
Like anything in life, faster service requires more money.
Reglazing Bathroom Tile Frequently Asked Questions
There’s more to any bathroom glazing project than just the cost. Some homeowners like to know how long it will last, what tile you can reglaze or if it’s really a DIY project. Below are some of the most popular questions surrounding tile reglazing projects:
Can Ceramic Tiles be Reglazed?
Yes, ceramic tiles can be reglazed and you can see the costs and how-to above.
How Much Does it Cost to Reglaze Tile in A Bathroom?
In terms overall costs, expect to pay approximately $1,000 to professionally reglaze your bathroom tile.
Can I Paint Ceramic Tile in the Bathroom?
You can paint ceramic tiles, but the paint will not last as long as professional refinishing jobs. Also, you lose some character by taking away the grout color.
Can You Paint Tiles in the Shower?
You can paint tiles in the shower, but due to heavy moisture, just know that there is a chance it peels if not prepared properly.
Is Tile Glaze Durable?
A good tile glaze job can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years.
How Long Does A Bathtub Reglazing Last?
With proper maintenance, a bathtub reglazing job can last up to 15 years.
Can you Resurface Porcelain Tile?
Just like ceramic tile, you can resurface or refinish porcelain tile. More often than not, this project will involve some replacement tile as well.
Will Reglazing Bathroom Tile Save You Money?
I think we all can agree that $5,000 sounds a lot better than $1,000, right? Well, on average, that is how much you can save by reglazing your bathroom tile as opposed to replacing it.
As tile contractors come to your home to give you an in-person estimate, ask them how their replacement and reglazing processes differ. While the costs above are good starting points, your local bathroom glazing contractor may charge different amounts based on the cost factors mentioned above.
Reglazing Tile Uses
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 shower 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.
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:
Reglazing is recommended for certain surface tiles including ceramic tile, cultured marble, fiberglass, porcelain tiles and some laminate tiles. For DIY projects, you need to make sure the glazing compound is compatible with what it’s being used on.
Tile Reglazing Advantages
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 you really want 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.
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 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 your bathroom.
Another advantage is that most reglazing compounds are permanent. They’re 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 you can use the same care and cleaning materials as with traditional tile cleaners and polishers.
Tile Reglazing Disadvantages
While the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages of reglazing bathroom tile, 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’s very important that the person applying the glazing treatment wear proper safety gear and a respirator or mask. It’s 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.
DIY Or Hire A Pro?
While it’s certainly not common for homeowners to reglaze their bathroom tiles on their own, it certainly can be done. The most important aspect to remember is safety. You’re dealing with dangerous chemicals. To ensure no one gets hurt, you need gloves, a mask and more often than not, a full bodysuit.
If you DIY, do not go lightly on the preparation. If you don’t thoroughly clean the surface, completely remove the old finish or let the new layer dry for three days, your bathroom tile won’t improve.
To ensure a proper reglazing job and perhaps save money in the long run (glaze will last longer), most homeowners hire the pros.
How To Find A Tile Refinishing Contractor
Finding the right pro is easier said than done. To ensure you find the right bathroom tile reglazing contractor, follow the steps below:
- Use ImproveNet to connect with up to four tile contractors.
- Schedule appointments for all to come to the house and assess the current tile.
- Interview them to get a feel for how they work and communicate.
- Have them supply a written estimate that includes the cost and project timeline.
- Make you decision with confidence knowing you did everything possible to find the best tile reglazing contractor.
Reglazing Tile Materials
As we said earlier, reglazing professionals use a lot of tools and materials to make sure your bathroom regains the luster it once had. If you’re undertaking this as a DIY project, you too should have all, if not most, of the materials below:
- Bathtub Refinishing Kit
- Hand Towels
- Paper Towels
- Paint Roller
- Utility Knife
- Paint Stripper
- Abrasive Cleaner
- Masking Tape
- Masking Paper
- Rubber Gloves
- Plastic covering
- Abrasive Pad
How To Reglaze Tile
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, you can repair it 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, you need to prep the surface 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. Spray, roll or brush the glaze or coating on the tile. Once the glazing is complete, consider adding an extra seal coat for a long-lasting finish.
For a detailed step-by-step list, please see How To Refinish (Reglaze) A Bathtub.
Find A Bathroom Pro
As you can see, a cost-effective alternative to remodeling your entire bathroom is tile reglazing. While reglazing bathroom tile can be done by the experienced DIYer, it’s a project better left to the pros.
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Last updated on Jul 9, 2018