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What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?

13 Answers

Answered by N.J.M Property Maintenance

13th September 2019

N.J.M Property Maintenance answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

Bathroom tiles can normally stand the test of time but over the years the grout can become stained and even crack in places which can cause leaks. The option to remove the grout and then regrout again can give the tiles a new look. And a deep clean can remove stubborn stains on tiles. There are also tile transfer stickers that can be stuck on tiles, and also specialist tile paints available from DIY stores.

Answered by A Royal Flush Plumbing

15th June 2019

A Royal Flush Plumbing answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

I have been asked this a lot when quoting bathrooms and doing basic repairs. The easiest way is to remove the old grout. clean the tiles and regrout. When regrouting you use a new colour. contrast the tiles so pale tiles have a dark grout and visa versa. This small change can add a completely new look and when the tiles are cleaned and polished look like new. The next option I would recommend is aqua panels. Try to avoid the the cheap plastic ones as a slight knock and you can leave a very ugly hole that has to be hidden behind something

Answered by Michael Frith Plumbing

4th May 2019

Michael Frith Plumbing answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

If you dont want to remove existing tiles, one option would be to clean out the existing grout & replace with a new colour, although this is a long and tedious job. Other & better options are to cover with decorative waterproof wall panels or to skim over with plaster and decorate, with any of the last options to get the best finish it would be preferable to remove any existing sanitary ware and radiators including wc suites and wash basins, but as with any work involved in your bathroom or anywhere in your house i would always get professional advise, it will probably end up saving you money

Answered by BH Property Services

4th May 2019

BH Property Services answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

I would say the best way to update tiles without removing them would be to overboard them with decorative aqua panels. These come in many different colours and designs. Even feature walls. 1000s to choose from from many manufacturers. Either that or regrout with a different colour.

Answered by FT Services

13th April 2019

FT Services answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

The best way to do this would be to remove the grout and replace with new, while either using a good tile cleaning solution to get them back to as new as you can or by using a good tile paint, this way you could even change the colour of the tile which would give you the appearance of having new tiles all together.

Answered by M W McManus Ltd

24th March 2019

M W McManus Ltd answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

Like someone has already said Aqua panels/Shower panels are the easiest and most cost effective way to give a tired looking bathroom a much needed facelift. Another alternative is to apply stickers over tiles in different places which can be all different colours to brighten it up.

Answered by Prenton plumbing service Ltd

22nd February 2019

Prenton plumbing service Ltd answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

Depending on budget there are many ways to increase the aesthetics of your bathroom. Some times simply changing bath taps Basin taps plugs and waste and new lighting can lift the look of your bathroom Renewing showers and shower fittings also help Old tired bath panels replaced with new white gloss will make a positive difference. The right Flooring will also change the look . As always budget governs the limits of change

Answered by younique Plumbing Ltd T/A as Tim Reynolds Plumbing, Heating & Gas

22nd February 2019

younique Plumbing Ltd T/A as Tim Reynolds Plumbing, Heating & Gas answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

A great way to update a bathroom without the need to remove all of the tiles, which save a lot of cost, is to use shower panelling. There’s lots of designs and choice of colours across a range of brands. Most can be installed directly on top of your existing tiles and still completely transform your bathroom! The construction of these boards does vary, as does the cost, my personal favourite is the boards constructed from solid plastic, sometimes even recycled plastic. Which is also great for the environment!

Answered by Nestor Plumbing & Heating

22nd February 2019

Nestor Plumbing & Heating answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

You have a few options 1. Remove old grout, clean up tiles and re-grout, perhaps using a different colour. 2. You can remove a small section of tiles and add in a mosaic border, or just an alternative tile to break up the existing pattern and give it a fresh modern look. 3. Providing the tiles are sound n secure, you can overboard them with shower panels, the quality of these boards can vary greatly, there are also 100’s of designs to choose from. 4. Or you could remove and start from fresh, which maybe a necessity if the existing aren’t vary secure, or if the original finish isn’t great.

Answered by Westons Plumbing & Heating Ltd

11th February 2019

Westons Plumbing & Heating Ltd answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

I would first ask if you still like the colour of your tiles if you do you could scrape all the old grout out between them give the tiles a really good clean and re grout maybe with a new colour to give the fresh updated look. Also another option is to give a coat of tile high gloss finish to help bring back lost shine. if you don't like your tiles anymore and want a complete updated look without replacing there are panels and wall boards that give a finished look . this will make the room smaller though as your adding onto to existing.

Answered by TLC property services uk

10th February 2019

TLC property services uk answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

The best option in my opinion would be to go over the tiles with wall board/shower panels but when doing this the customer needs to appreciate the walls will be moved forward slightly as your going over existing so this could effect some pipe work and fixtures but I think this is definitely a better option than tiling over tiles.

Answered by SJL Plumbing and Heating

9th February 2019

SJL Plumbing and Heating answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

As a company we don’t like to tile over tiles so if a client asks for a ‘spruce’ we tend to recommend wall boards over the front of existing. It’s worth mentioning that to bring the wall forward this few mm it may be necessary to alter plumbing remove screens appliances and doors and can be quite costly.

Answered by Neptune Property Service

31st January 2019

Neptune Property Service answered the question "What is the best way to update bathroom tiles without replacing them?"

There are two options for this. Go straight over existing tiles with wet panels or put new tiles on top of the old tiles. There are a few points that need to be considered here. 1, will the supporting wall have the strength to support the existing tiles and new tiles. Most bathrooms are plasterboard which has a weight bearing capacity of 32kg per m2 which includes adhesive and grout. If the answer to this is yes next you need to consider are the existing tiles properly bonded to the wall so you're not sticking tiles on top of loose tiles. If okay you have two options, clean the existing tiles surface using sugar soap, and ideally using an angle grinder score the surface of the existing tiles. Then you can either use Mapei Eco prime a special primer which you apply to the existing tiles and allow to dry then tile onto using standard adhesive. Or you can using Bal Max Flex fibre adhesive without having to prime. However this adhesive is expensive but at the same time the Mapei Eco prime isn't cheap either.

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