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Is Ceramic Tile Refinishing Worth It?

Is tile refinishing worth it?

Ceramic tile refinishing is a much better option to replacing ceramic tile because it is both time and cost effective. It is not only more practical, but also less of a hassle than new tile and you avoid the mess of removal and replacement. Tile refinishing is also far superior to an over the counter DIY tile repair kit.

What type of tile can be refinished?

We only refinish ceramic and porcelain tile. See our tile refinishing gallery for examples of our work.

Does Ceramic Tile Refinishing last?

With proper care, your new surface finish will last 10-15 years or longer. The glazing compound we use on ceramic tile is extremely hard and durable. However, as you might expect, improper care, higher-use areas, and excessive moisture may experience a reduction in lifespan.

How do you clean a refinished tile surface?

For regular cleaning, use a mild non-abrasive liquid cleaner and water and a soft wash cloth or a sponge. If the cleaning tool is safe for Teflon surfaces then it’s okay for your refinished tile surface too.

Why replace when you can refinish for a fraction of the cost?

Do you have a colorfully tiled bathroom right out of the 1950s, 60’s or 70’s such as pink, teal, or goldenrod? Most people either live with it or remove and replace. But a third option, refinishing tile, tubs, and sinks, is rapidly becoming the favorite fix for homeowners on a budget. It’s a fix that requires neither the time nor cost of a full removal demolition type of renovation yet can be nearly as transformative.

One day bathroom remodel ceramic tile refinishing contractor Surface Renew Arkansas.

Transform Your Bathroom from Dated to Modern in One Day

Maybe you’ve heard of it by another name: Reglazing is also called resurfacing, refinishing, or even painting (though the last isn’t entirely accurate), depending on whom you’re talking to. But the process is the same: For residential services, we come to your home and, after a deep cleaning of the areas of interest, spray and bond a thin opaque coat of glossy enamel on the tile surfaces. We can do the sink, tub, shower and countertops too. This process completely transforms the room from old, dull and drab to new, modern, and fabulous in a matter of hours.

Can you change ceramic tile color without replacing it?

Sherwin Williams Custom Colors for bathtub refinishing

If you’re ready for an update in the color of your tile you don’t have to replace them when ceramic tile refinishing is a better option. We have lots of popular colors to choose from. In fact, and color you want is available on the Sherwin Williams color chart.

The new surface coating is sprayed using an HVLP (High Pressure Low Volume) spray system. This type of system enables us to provide a smooth finish that looks like new. When doing tile walls, we are actually spraying over the grout as well as the tile. It’s only a few millimeters thick, so the grooves won’t be filled in. This means both grout and tile will end up one uniform color AND more importantly, the porous grout will not we permanently sealed making it much more difficult for mold and mildew to invade.

Typically, it takes less than a day to complete our process and then you need to let it cure for 10 hours for our solid colors.

Is Tub Refinishing Worth It?

Clawfoot tub refinishing and refurbishing

See the difference – From old and moldy to fresh and new!

Similar to ceramic tile refinishing is tub refinishing. It’s the same type of process but onto a tub instead of ceramic tile. You may have heard people call it tub reglazing. Tub reglazing is the same thing as bathtub refinishing, just a different name for it. Cast iron tubs are also good candidates for tub refinishing.

So basically yes, it is worth refinishing if your tub is in good working condition and you like the overall style of it. Just like porcelain and ceramic tile refinishing, the process can fill in surface imperfections, like scratches, shallow cracks, and even cover stains. Even if your tub or shower is old, dirty, leaking, or full of mold, we can still repair and refinish it to look like new again.

Replacement vs. Refinishing Cost Comparison

Ceramic tile replacement costs far more than ceramic tile refinishing. Even if there are some tiles repairs necessary prior to refinishing. In general, you can save over 70% of the cost of replacement simply by refinishing ceramic tile.

How much does it cost to replace a bathtub or a tub surround? The average cost to replace a bathtub and surround is $5,500; with the low to high price range being around $1,500 to $12,500. Installation may be on the lower side if you choose a combo with built-in shower and surround. We can refinish ceramic and fiberglass tubs and shower surrounds for a small fraction of the cost to replace them.

Tub Surround Refinishing

Fiberglass Tub Surround Refinishing example.

Can you refinish ceramic tile yourself?

Short answer is yes, you can refinish your tile yourself. But only if you’re ready to take on a big project that involves a steep learning curve, a high risk of ruining an expensive to replace fixture, and working directly with dangerous caustic chemicals.

Also consider that since DIY tile refinishing kits are inferior to the products we use, then even the best technician will get questionable results with substandard materials. It is a far cheaper and an easier option to enjoy a professional porcelain and ceramic tile refinishing service. That way it’s done right in one day or less and you get a warranty on the materials and labor.


Do you have ceramic tile refinishing questions? We have answers! Please contact us for a prompt and friendly reply.

Bob Kennedy and Ryan Schatz, Owners of Surface Renew ceramic tile refinishing Arkansas.

Bob Kennedy and Ryan Schatz, Owners of Surface Renew Arkansas

Company: Surface Renew, Inc.
Arkansas Central Office: 501-920-9326
Arkansas Northwest Office: 479-226-0703

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