Many facets of your budget that you might not have noticed should be considered when preparing a bathroom tile remodel. After working on hundreds of remodel projects over the years, there are a few problems that I’ve noticed that homeowners might not be aware of.  Get the facts about What is the Difference Between a Renovation Restoration and Remodel?

Bathrooms are cold, wet environments that are exposed to moisture, chemicals, heating, and cooling on a regular basis. This constant attack gradually wears down paint, caulk, grout, and surfaces, causing a slew of problems that can be difficult and costly to resolve.

In some cases, construction methods have improved, but in others, they haven’t. While materials have improved, their use in new construction has been limited due to cost considerations. This will cost homeowners much more money in the long run. I despise it when the government imposes building policies and products on people and contractors, so I recommend that homeowners and contractors educate themselves on how to use and adopt better materials and practises.

So, which is preferable? Over wood, we almost always used Hardie Backer or a similar material for walls and floors. Using larger tiles, such as Natural Stone, rather than the standard 4×4 ceramic tile eliminates grout lines, resulting in less wear and eventual leakage. The depth of the grout is increased with thicker tile, making it more water resistant. A vapour barrier installed behind this supporter will add another layer of protection against water getting into the framing. If money isn’t an issue and you just want to go “postal” to avoid water from escaping, follow the steps above and then cover the whole backing with Merkrete. Since it is commonly used in industrial applications, the contractor would be familiar with it.

When it comes to budgeting for a bathroom tile remodel, you should expect to spend more than you planned. We discovered unknown or unintended harm in about 80% of the projects we began. Mold, water damage, insects, eroded materials and sub-structures, improper plumbing construction, plumbing leakage due to wear, and improper or unnecessary cleaning materials are all examples of this damage. We’ve discovered nearly clogged plumbing due to wax. This wax is used as a preservative and suspension agent in shampoos, hair conditioners, and soaps. When you wash, the wax comes into contact with the cold walls of the plumbing, which causes it to bind and build up. Add some hair and a little soap scum, and we’re having a blast washing it out! We’d rather leave the plumbing in a better condition than when we find it.