Tile removal is a task that needs a certain amount of consideration before you hire a contractor to do it for you. Although you can DIY by following some tutorials online, it is best to hire a professional who knows how to get the job done with minimal issues and at an affordable price.
However, before everything else, here are some crucial things that you must know and address before getting your tiles removed!
How Much Does Tile Removal Cost?
It is always a good idea to be pre-informed rather than allow your remodeling budget to go way overboard by a number of hidden surprises. Therefore, you must understand the average costs involved in tiles. If you are a novice and have never had tiles removed previously, you can quickly see the prices escalating to alarming numbers. Therefore, it is always a good idea to hire experienced, reputable companies so that you are not shocked at a later stage due to the unreasonable and sudden increase in the total cost of the project.
In addition, you should always ensure that you get an estimate from multiple contractors so that the total cost of the tile removal stays within your budget at all times. Appraisals are usually free unless you require a tiny job.
Is Tile Removal Easy?
It is a known fact that the removal tiles is not easy. This is because there is typically no easy access to the tiles from the sides and the installation is inherently developed to not have the tiles come up. If you use the butt of a hammer, you can prod all the corners of some random tiles. The best manner to remove the first tile is to try to feel your way for a loose one. Furthermore, if you succeed in finding a loose tile, you can take it out using a chisel.
Once the first tile is removed, taking the rest of them out can become easier if you have the correct tools. Unfortunately most homeowners do not have the right tools to remove tiles easily. Hiring professionals proves to be extremely useful in this regard. Quality contractors will remove tiles quickly and with minimal disruption to your home or business.
How Can Tiles Be Removed Without Damaging Them?
Begin by removing the entire grout with the help of a grout saw, oscillating tool, rotary cutter, or a utility knife. After that, you must position the chisel under the bottom of the tile in the grout line and then gently tap it using a hammer. This will let you know whether or not the tile will eventually pop loose. Here, you must be extra cautious not to crack or chip the adjoining tile.
Is It Possible To Tile Over Tiles Without Uninstalling Them?
In case your old ceramic tiles are dated or worn out, it is possible for you to lay new tiles over the old ones. This can potentially save you a lot of time, money, and effort in tearing out all the old tiles to reposition the new ones. This just assumes the fact that the floor that lies underneath is concrete (solid) and there are absolutely no chips or cracks in all the existing tiles that indicate underlying issues in the concrete.
These are some super important things that must be borne in mind before you set forth with the task of tile removal, either by yourself or through the help of a professional company (which is recommended).