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Handyman Services - Repair Tile And Grout

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Tile can be a great way to add visual interest to your space and in a lot of cases is an affordable material to use. However, like most home materials, it is still susceptible to damage and wear and tear. It might be tough to predict what the cost to repair tile might be. The first step is to find a reputable professional who can help you figure out what the best course of action will be for your home. They might be able to shed a little more light on your specific project. Once you find a pro, there are a couple of common factors that will affect the cost to repair tile.

Tile Materials
There are numerous types of tile ranging from travertine to ceramic to porcelain. Ceramic tile is the most affordable tile variety, and the cost to repair tile when it is ceramic or porcelain is much lower than with a more expensive material like natural stone. The relative cost of your tile when you installed it compared to other models will remain the same for repair.

Size of the Area
The amount of tiled area that needs to be repaired will be a huge component of the cost to repair tile. If only one tile has cracked, then a professional can simply replace that specific tile. If a large area of your tile has been damaged, then the cost to repair tile will increase. Still, one of the benefits of tile is that you most likely won't need to replace your whole tiled area. The repair will stay localized to the tiles that are damaged. The only exception would be if you don't have enough spare tiles to fill in for the damaged area, or if the type of tile you have is no longer available. This might increase the cost to repair tile if you have to switch all of the tile out for something new.

Grout Repair
If your grout has cracked or stained, then a professional will have to remove it and re-fill your tiles. The cost to repair tile when it's a grout issue will be less than replacing all of the tile, but can be a pain. A professional will be able to do this quickly and keep the mess to a minimum.

Future Maintenance
One of the best ways to prevent further repair is to seal your tiles after they are repaired. This can help to protect the grout from staining, as well. Make sure to put mats in areas where there is a lot of foot traffic or if you put your pans down on a certain part of your counters for protection. Make sure to keep your tile and grout clean with a weak mix of bleach and water, and consider using a small scrub brush if necessary to protect from mildew.