A ceramic tile repair that’s supposed to get rid of your old, worn-out tiles can lead to problems with your kitchen, bathroom and even your pets, experts warn.
“You may be able to find some old ceramic tile that’s been sitting in a drawer, and you can replace it, but it’s a very expensive process,” says Dr. Jeffrey M. Schonberg, the chair of the American Society for Pottery and Tile Repair.
“It’s a time-consuming process and not something that you want to be doing.”
Experts recommend trying to get your ceramic tile replaced, or you can get rid to get a more durable product, like tile for a kitchen counter.
A ceramic-tile counter top is a cheap way to replace old tile, while ceramic-tiled kitchen cabinets are another good option, said Schonberger.
“If you’re in a really expensive kitchen, like an E.P. Carr stove, you may be looking at getting a kitchen cabinet that has the old-timey feel to it, and maybe some old-fashioned tile, so you can have that really, really durable look,” he said.
“But if you’re looking for a less expensive way to get that same look and be really inexpensive, ceramic tile,” he continued, “you can go to a hardware store and you’ll find a good price for ceramic tile, or a ceramic tile countertop.
You can find ceramic tile for the countertop, or ceramic tile in the wall.”
If you can’t find it, you can buy a new one, said Dr. Robert Gagnon, a ceramics technician with the National Ceramic Tile Association.
“It is a really cheap process, but if you go to the hardware store, you will find ceramic tiles for almost anything,” Gagno said.
He also suggests going to a home improvement store and finding ceramic tile and replacing it, if you can find it.
If you have a hard time finding ceramic tiles, the experts recommend that you go online and look for a product that comes with ceramic tiles.
“A lot of the ceramic tile is hard to find,” said Schonsberger.
“I would say that there are some that are not as common as the old tile.”
You can also look online at eBay for products that have ceramic tile as well as for some ceramic tile flooring.
“When you go in to buy a ceramic- tile product, the first thing that you will look for is whether it has a ceramic coating,” said Gagnol.
“The coating is made of ceramic, so the tile is a little harder to remove.
It may take a little longer, but they’re usually fairly easy to do.”
If the tile you are buying is not ceramic, you could try a different type of tile, such as a non-ceramic tile.
You might find that the old tiles you are looking for will not look like the new ones.
“If it is non-coated ceramic, it will not be that durable,” said Mosely.
“And, you might have to go in and cut it off yourself, so that you can use a new tile, because you don’t have that same kind of adhesive, that you use on a regular tile.”
So you will need to use a tile cutter, but that may not be the best option, she added.
You may also need to consider if you want the new tile to have the same feel or look as the original tile.
If you want something that’s really durable, you should consider buying a ceramic or marble tile.
“A ceramic tile will have a more tactile feel,” said Fortunato.
“But if it’s ceramic tile you’re going to want a marble tile to work for you.”
If your kitchen tile has some rust or cracks, it’s time to get it replaced, said Graziani.
“In the past, ceramic tiles were a big problem, and there were some people that were actually able to replace ceramic tile by themselves, so I think you have to be careful when you’re buying ceramic tile because it’s so cheap and it may be too difficult to replace,” he added.
If the tile needs to be replaced, the best way is to call your plumbing or electrical company to have it fixed, because it will cost you less than the repair, he said, and the cost of labor is usually lower.
“I would definitely recommend that if you have any kind of old, damaged tile in your kitchen that it’s replaced,” he concluded.