Regrout or Replace

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Old 10-28-02, 05:51 PM
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Question Regrout or Replace

We need to replace the floor in our bathroom as a result of a little girl who had the shower head aimed outside of the tub. (Ever walk on marshmallows?) We plan to redo the floor in tile and replace the vanity, sink, counter, medicine chest and loo. Our question is sould we bite the bullet and replace the bathtub tile or try to regrout it? The house was built in 1977 and it's the orginal tile. A few are loose and there are cracks. Plus the tile is that awful 70's green. One contracter strongly suggested replacement. Two others ignored it. Thanks for your help!
 
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Repair or replace shower tile

If you have cracked and loose tiles in the shower, chances are you have moisture problems behind them. Tile should be removed, wall board removed and replaced with concrete underlayment board, and tile replaced. The concrete underlayment board will provide a moisture proof substrate beneath tile and the new tile and grout will update the bathroom, solve the moisture problems, and save you the time and trouble of replacement at a later date. It would be practical to do all repairs to floors and walls at the same time.

Install concrete underlayment board beneath tiles on tub/shower walls as well as on floor.
 
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