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Tiling Over Old Bathroom Tiles — What to Consider?

Tiling Over Old Bathroom Tiles — What to Consider?

Tiling Over Old Bathroom Tiles — What to Consider?

Many people do not have a full grasp of the ins and outs of bathroom renovation. Luckily, plenty of bathroom experts are ready to jump to your aid, including our Letta London staff. One of the main concerns when renovating an old bathroom is the issue of tiles. Should you go through the trouble of tearing them off, or is it possible to retile them? The answer varies depending on your contractor, but we have the real scoop for you.

Retiling might even be a better option than ripping the tiles off in many bathrooms. Aside from the obvious upside of spending less money by retiling old tiles, there are many other benefits that we will get to. Additionally, we will suggest new types of both wall and floor tiles. Hopefully, this will help ease your renovation-related stress. Take a look.

Is Retiling a Good Idea?

Contrary to some people’s beliefs, retiling is a good idea. Naturally, there are additional factors that determine whether retiling is a good option for your bathroom. 

For example, in many cases, ripping off tiles in older bathrooms is not a good idea. Those tiles are frail and old, meaning the process is tiresome and expensive. Typically, people end up with walls that need to be replastered, which is time-consuming and costly.

If you are renovating a newer bathroom, you probably do not need to rip off the existing tiles. However, if that is not the case, recently placed tiles should be easier to rip off than those from decades ago.

So, retiling a whole bathroom has its advantages. A double set of tiles on both walls and floors makes for a more insulated bathroom. Chances are your bathroom will feel warmer in the winter and colder in the summer months.

Ultimately, it’s all about weight management. You want to avoid your new tiles falling off the wall due to increased weight. A good plan, attention to detail, and proper craft are necessary to make the retiling process work. To finish off, you will need new high-quality tiles to give you the style you have been craving.

What Should I Know Before Retiling?

Before you invite your contractor to start the retiling process, you will need to take care of a few things yourself. Make sure you deep clean your existing tiles to prevent dirt and bacteria from accumulating between the tiles.

Remind your contractors to fill in the chips and cracks in the old tiles; there are bound to be some. If there is any missing plaster, your contractor should also fill in the holes with new plaster.

If you have decided to do the renovation yourself, make sure you are trained before you start retiling. Consult with a contractor or educate yourself online so as not to make any crucial mistakes.

Can I Tile Over Old Tile Adhesive?

Tiling over old tile adhesive is possible, with a few caveats. First of all, the old tile adhesive needs to set along with new tiles. The new tiles’ additional weight needs time to sink into the wall latch on the surface entirely.

If you see that the grout is out of shape, replace it. Grout holds the tiles at the proper distance to one another, and they should not be slanting. If that happens, the tiles might start to sag and eventually compromise the structure. Begin by removing the grout and replacing it.

What Types of Tiles to Look for?

When it comes to style, we will leave that up to you. Naturally, if you have any doubts or trouble making up your mind, Letta London staff will be glad to offer some advice. If not, we are more than happy to tell you which direction to go when choosing tile types.

Whatever you do, make sure your tiles are:

  • Easy to clean
  • Durable
  • Adequately sized
  • Easy to install

All of the things mentioned above apply to both wall and floor tiles. Since there are many types to consider, let’s dive right into it.

Floor Tiles to Consider

Many types of floor tiles are available, making your choice a bit harder. Fortunately, Letta London staff has experience with floor tiles. To narrow down the selection, we recommend opting for either porcelain or ceramic floor tiles.

Select the right tile material depending on your needs. For example, porcelain is more durable and less porous than ceramic. However, porcelain tiles are also more expensive compared to ceramic tiles. That does not mean ceramic tiles are not good enough, as they also have some advantages. Ceramic tiles are less costly and easier to install, so you should not have any issues there.

When it comes to style, we will leave the pattern and size up to you. However, our Letta London experts wholeheartedly recommend matte floor tiles. They are easier to keep clean compared to high-gloss ones. On top of that, they look pretty stylish and elegant.

Wall Tiles to Consider

Similarly to floor tiles, you are left with either porcelain or ceramic when it comes to wall tiles. The pros and cons are pretty much the same, so there aren’t any exceptions to bear in mind.

Depending on the size of your bathroom, you can opt for floor to ceiling tiles or go half-and-half. We recommend installing floor to ceiling tiles around the shower to avoid any mould or water accumulation. Similarly, make sure you select high-quality grout to avoid constant cleaning and tile separation.

Final Thoughts

Whether you decide to retile your old bathroom tiles or rip them off, hopefully, these tips and tricks will help you triumph in the process. Remember to do thorough research before hiring a professional to take care of the retiling process. Similarly, ask our Letta London experts to help guide you through the process of selecting new tiles. If you have any other concerns or inquiries, you can always contact us through our official website or in-person at our North London showroom.