I have a small shower stall. As part of a remodeling project a few years ago, it was re-tiled.
Over a year later, maybe 18 months, a few small chinks of grout fell out. The remodeling contractor sent someone over to regrout the entire shower stall at no charge to me. That no-hassle willingness to correct the situation surprised and pleased me, especially given the time that has passed.
But now ..... it's worse than ever. The regrouting job was apparently done far more poorly than the original. I mean, that must be the case, right, if a lot of grout is now falling out? (I clean at least once a week, with either vinegar/water or a green bathroom cleaning product - nothing harsh.)
So. TT, who do you call for grout work? (No, I have no interest in doing this myself.) What's a typical cost for a small shower stall? And how can you know if the regrouting is a good job? (I was raised in a 1950s-era house with tiled bathrooms that were never, ever regrouted in the 40+years my parents lived there.)
Thanks in advance for any help, ya'll.
I would get the same guy back...make them make it "good". Inconvenient, but keep them honest.
Sounds like there is some movement and flexing in the materials causing the grout to crack and fall out. Whoever you choose to regrout, ask him/her to use silicone caulk, which is flexible and will not crack with movement. Good luck!
Thanks, the silicone suggestion makes sense. Who does this sort of work, anyway? Whom do I call? I have no clue.... And, gunz1, this guy already came back at no charge. More interested now in getting it done well, but have no idea how to find someone.
My guess is, if grout is cracking you have a fairly major deflection problem.
The surface should be rock rock.
Do not use silicone, it will develop mold eventually.
Get a tile pro out to look at the wall and determine why it is cracking.
Horizon Tile and Stone or someone similar.
Ugh - if it were me I would yank the grout and go with something that will hold up to moisture better, like a synthetic enclosure with an attractive finish. I mean, the end result of a tile job can be beautiful, but stone, tile, and grout are porous materials and they retain water, no matter how much the "waterproof" additives or treatments get applied.
The only way to really waterproof a tile shower is to use a waterproof substrate and shower liner behind the tiles. If you have unprotected drywall and studs behind the tile, this problem will happen over and over again.