Tile Refinish: Style at a Bargain Price

by Jane VanOsdol on August 26, 2011

Bathroom tile is the material-of-choice in many bathrooms around the world. Homeowners love the esthetic value tile brings to a bathroom as well as its durability. If you’re one of those homeowners, however, who has inherited a bathroom with dull tile and dingy grout, you may not quite understand the love fest with tile.

Well, before you go to the time and expense of ripping out the old tile and replacing it with new, consider a much simpler, cheaper home improvement:  tile refinishing.

Tile refinishing is a similar process to tub refinishing, but often homeowners aren’t aware of this services that can not only prolong the life of tile (and tubs, sinks and countertops too), but can also make them look like new in the process. It’s definitely worth your time to get a consultation to see if tile refinishing will work for your tile. It can save you days and sometimes a week or longer of the hassle of having your bathroom out of commission, and it will save you the dust and dirt that a tile demolition would require. Besides that, tile refinishing is significantly cheaper than replacing tile.

Even if your tile has some chips or scratches on it, it’s still a candidate for a refinishing process, because before the refinishing begins, your tile professional will thoroughly clean the tile to remove all the residue and then repair any scratches and chips before applying new grout. After that the actual refinishing process begins. This phase includes the application of primers, bonding agents, numerous topping coats and clear finishes.

One distinct advantage that tile refinishing has is that it actually allows you to change your tile color. Perhaps you have lived with yellow or red tile for years, and you want an updated look. A tile refinishing allows you to change the color of your tile for a completely new look. You can coordinate the color with your tub or sink, or choose an accent color instead. You can even choose one color for the main tile and then a different color for a border of tile around the top. A tile refinish allows your style creativity to shine.

As with any process, the better you care for your new tile, the longer the refinish will last. Depending upon the use it receives, you can expect the tile refinish to last for 5 to 10 years, perhaps longer if it’s in a room that doesn’t get heavy traffic. Many companies offer a 5-year warranty on their work.

So before you jump into the expense, hassle and mess of replacing outdated, worn tile, check out the option of tile refinishing. You’ll get beautiful results at a bargain price.

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