Is it more cost efficient to replace bathroom shower tiles or attempt

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As you see in the picture, we have small tiles that are in desperate need of help. We were thinking of replacing them with larger tiles. We believe it would take a lot more time and money to fix them versus replacing them. Also, whoever installed the small ones did not leave any spave between them. We don't even know if fixing them is possible. Thank you.
q is it more cost efficient to replace bathroom shower tiles or attempt
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  • Jcraw Jcraw on May 18, 2018
    I agree. It’s going to be a project, but you can put up proper cement board and insure there’s no mold evermore. .
    Im trying to convince my other half that we need big tiles - less grout to clean.
    Make sure to tarp your doorway so the dust is not all over the house. You can even put your shop vac on “vacuum“ with no tube, and keep it runnung while the dust is flying.

  • Debbie Debbie on May 18, 2018
    Looks like its time to get this remodel done! Use a nice 16-18 inch tile.

  • Archie Archie on May 18, 2018
    Not sure what you mean by "fixing" them. If you simply want to clean the grout there are ways to do it. You can scrap the grout from the joints and re-grout using another color. That is not a hard job.
    Taking the wall down and replacing it is a major job. If that's what you want then prepare for a bathroom that will be unusable for a time.
    I'd try cleaning it first and then re-grouting.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on May 18, 2018
    scrape out grout (inexpensive tool available at Lowes or Home Depot) Then regrout/seal. ...I'd do this if the tiles themselves are in good shape!


  • P.c29445687 P.c29445687 on May 19, 2018
    Had same problem, had Bathfitters install a tub surround with ceiling and it has been wonderful and the new stuff looks just like tile, wipes down with a damp rag and stays nice, no mildew or grout or leaks. Costs about the same as to tear down the wall and do all that other stuff to insure no leaks and grout will always seem to mildew in dampness. Good luck whatever you do. We regrouted our kitchen floor times 2 and it doesn't stay clean no matter how I clean it. Grout is cement and it seems to hold all the dirt.

  • Christierei Christierei on May 24, 2018
    Are the tiles falling off the wall ? If you push on them do they wiggle ? If not, clean them up and don't replace them. There are some small tools on a dremel that will pull out all the grout. Bleach substrate and let dry. Follow directions on grouting on bag you buy. ( Note: If you can spread frosting , you can grout. just don't lick your finger! ) Do the same thing with the caulk and you are good to go.