Is regrouting worth it?

Old 03-11-05, 04:06 AM
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Is regrouting worth it?


We have a ceramic tile kitchen counter top; about 21 sq ft of 4"x4" tile. Most of the grout has come out around the sink; the rest is dirty. The tiles are in good condition but could use a good cleaning.

Seems no one wants to do a regrouting project. I finally found someone who will and they are quoting $500 to remove the old grout and regrout and seal. I know it's a lot of work but that seems like it's about to the point where I should consider retiling instead of regrouting (I have not checked the cost for installing that amount of new tile).

Any comments or advice appreciated!
Old 03-11-05, 08:43 AM
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Grout won't fall out on its own. For the grout to break out, there needs to be some sort of instability in the substrate. I think it's time to consider a redo. We will be happy to help you through every step of the process. A counter top is an easy place to start if you've never tiled before. As for dirty grout, Laticrete makes spectralock grout. It's an epoxy grout that won't stain and is easier to use than other epoxt grouts. As for tile selection, pick any glazed tile you like and pick one that has a PEI rating (on the box) of atleast 3, preferably 4 or 5. The scale for pei is 0-5. Many of these tiles are available with bullnose trims or you could use metal bullnose trims or oak edging. Home centers eill have them available for special order but will only have samll wall tiles with sink rail instock. I don't care for those as in my opinion, those tiles don't have the resistance to abrasive wear that you would get from a floor tile. Whatever parts of the process of building a new substrate that you need help with, let us know as the requirements will vary depending on what you select.

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