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Typical Range: $257 - $586

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Tile & Grout Repair Cost

All home materials are susceptible to damage. You may be wondering about repair costs. The national average for tile and grout repair is about $421 per project, with a typical range between $257 and $586. However, your total depends on materials and labor for your project. Low-end repair such as replacing a single, cracked ceramic tile may run about $125. High-end projects, like retiling the entire floor with natural stone, could total over $900.

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National Average
$421
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$257 - $586
Low End - High End
$125 - $950

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Tile Repair Cost

The average tile repair in the US costs around $416 for labor and materials. The general range is from $256 to $576 per project. Some low estimates may fall around $125, with the high-end reaching over $900. Like most projects, factors such as location, size of the area, and material type affect the rate.
The first step is finding a reputable tile contractor. A pro is the best place to get a quote for your project. Get quotes from at least three contractors before making a final decision.
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Bathroom Tile Repair Cost

Most contractors have a minimum price for bathroom tile repair. Even if they are only fixing one crack, expect to pay the contractor's labor fee – around $100 to $150 per project. After that, the estimate depends on the size of the bathroom, materials, and what area needs repair. For example, shower walls will typically cost more than repairing bathroom floors. Tiles on backsplashes, vanity sinks, and countertops may need repairs as well.

Shower Tile Repair Cost

Repairing a few shower tiles costs most homeowners between $185 and $425 for labor and materials. However, total replacement can run as much as $2,000 for the entire project. Many factors dramatically impact the price estimate for shower tile repairs. Inexpensive ceramic tile can be less than a dollar per square foot; whereas, high-end marble tile can cost upwards of $50 per square foot.
Beyond tile and grout, a shower needs a ceramic backing, waterproof membrane, and adhesive. The removal and retiling of walls are time-consuming, so labor costs are high. There is also an additional cost for cap and edge tiles due to the labor involved in cutting them to size. The choice of whether or not to use a sealer also affects the overall cost.

Repairing a Tile Floor

Retiling a bathroom floor costs on average $400 for labor and materials. Sharp blows, heavy loads, or damaged sub-concrete can cause cracks in tile floors. Fix the tile as soon as you notice the damage. Cracks lead to water damage. When subflooring gets wet, it can swell and break surrounding tiles. It's also susceptible to rot and mildew.
Replacing broken tiles takes careful work, so consider hiring an experienced flooring contractor. Another option is to find the cost of installing vinyl or linoleum.

Pool Tile Repair

Pool tile replacement costs around $25 per square foot. The price range for retiling an entire pool is between $2,000 and $5,000. For stains, professionals can clean the pool with an acid wash for $150 to $250. Pools should have frost-free tile because the freeze-thaw cycle leads to cracks.

Grout Repair Cost

Average grout repair projects run between $180 and $420, depending on materials and size of the area. A professional can remove and refill the damaged area. Regrouting costs less than replacing the tile.
Repairing grout requires specialized tools, so most homeowners hire a professional. The higher-end projects can also include a custom-colored stain. Quality contractors can regrout with minimal mess. They also can provide estimates on cleaning stained grout as an alternative to repair and replacement.
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Tile & Grout Repair Cost Factors

The cost of tile and grout repair depends on many factors. The extent of the damage makes a big difference. Also, the materials you choose and the area of repair will affect the estimate.

Materials

The choice of materials affects tile and grout repair costs. There is a range of prices for different types. The cost of ceramic or porcelain is typically lower than the price of natural stone. Although, some high-end ceramics with intricate patterns may run higher than a low-end stone.
  • Ceramic or porcelain price range: $0.50-$15 per square foot
  • Marble tile price: $5-$50 per square foot
  • Granite tile cost: $3.50-$7 per square foot
  • Slate flooring price: $13-$35 per square foot
  • Polished stone: $10-$12 per square foot

Size of Area

The size of the area has a big impact on tile repair price — the estimate changes based on how much tile needs fixing. A larger the square footage means a higher overall cost. As long as your contractor can get the replacement materials, you may not need to redo the entire floor. If the original tile is no longer available, you might consider a full retiling.

Tile & Grout Maintenance

To mitigate future damage, seal the tiles after repairs. Sealing protects the floor from wear and staining. Another preventative measure is covering high traffic areas with mats or rugs. Consider the upfront cost of refinishing ceramic tile before it gets damaged. You can also pay to restore and polish natural stone every few years.
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FAQs

Can you put new grout over existing grout?

It is possible to put new grout over existing grout, but it's not recommended. The second layer can be flimsy. It may not attach, leaving visible patches of the old. If you're nervous about removal, hire a professional.

Do you need to seal grout in a shower?

No, do not seal the grout in your shower. Because the product is porous, it absorbs liquids. Sealer soaks in and makes the grout waterproof, but this means it can't "breathe," meaning the water that seeps behind the tile won't evaporate. Instead, install a waterproof membrane behind the shower tile. If you have natural stone, seal it before grouting. Ceramic and porcelain don't require sealing.

What is a waterproof membrane in a tile shower?

Most tiled showers have a waterproof membrane between the bonding and cement backer board. This layer is either an adhesive plastic sheet or a paint-on liquid that dries to form a barrier. The waterproof membrane creates a seal beneath the tile that prevents moisture from reaching the underlying surface.

How many coats of grout sealer are needed?

You won't need grout sealer for all projects. If you do choose to seal the grout, two coats are enough for most tiled walls and floors. First, smooth a thin layer with an applicator or toothbrush. Wipe off residue and let it dry for at least 24 hours. Apply a second coat, remove the excess and allow to dry another 24 hours.

What is the best tool for removing grout?

An oscillating multitool (with grout removal attachment) is the best tool for removal. You will also need a triangular grout removal tool for detailed work.

How do you fix grout?

You can fix damaged grout yourself with grout removal tools and effort.
  1. Clean the area with 1-to-1 vinegar and water solution.
  2. Carefully remove the damaged product using an oscillating multitool with a grout removal attachment.
  3. Spread new grout to fill the joint.
  4. Wait 30 minutes.
  5. Wipe away excess with a damp sponge.
  6. Allow to fully set and then polish the tile with a dry towel.

DIY vs. Hiring a Tile & Grout Professional

Should you repair the tile and grout yourself or hire a professional contractor? Removing and installing new tile takes a steady hand. Plus, you need specialized tools such as a wet saw to cut specific lengths for corners and edges. Still, labor costs are not cheap.
Some homeowners choose to forgo the cost of labor and do it themselves. Mistakes can be costly if you don't know what you are doing. For example, improperly cutting the corner pieces leads to wasted materials. If you mislay replacement tiles, they may not align with the existing pattern forcing you to start over. So, leave repairing tile and grout to experienced pros. When hiring a contractor, look for certified professional tile installers.

 

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William (Bill) Kapaldo More than 1 year ago
So many variables in determining a cost, starting with the square foot area that has been used in finding this average. Some grout materials I have to use are over $400 at my cost and will only cover 60 - 70 sf. 
Charlese Green More than 1 year ago
Cost of removing and refilling grout a tub ($195) and shower sliding doors ($75) with Grout Doctor in Clermont, FL.

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