The Perils of Tiling over Existing Tiles

Bathroom makeovers are our bread and butter, but today we’re going to chat about something a little less glamorous but still very important – why you should think twice about tiling over existing tiles.

Now, we all love a good before-and-after, right?

Seeing an old, worn-out bathroom transformed into a space that could grace the glossy pages of a home decor magazine is truly something to behold. However, to get that ‘wow’ factor, it’s important to ensure the process is done right from the get-go. You see, while slapping new tiles over old ones might seem like a quick and easy fix, it’s a shortcut that could lead to some serious issues down the track.

Let’s dive into some of the reasons why.

First and foremost, there’s the issue of what lies beneath the existing tiles. They could be loose, or even worse; there could be damage to the waterproofing beneath. If we just tile over the top, we’re essentially burying potential problems, not fixing them. These issues can lead to leakages or structural damage to your beautiful new bathroom, which will end up being an expensive and stressful ordeal to fix.

Next, we have to consider the practicality of it all.

Adding a new layer of tiles on top of the old ones can make getting the correct levels on the floor a bit tricky. An uneven floor doesn’t just look unappealing; it can also lead to problems with drainage. And let’s be honest, no one wants to deal with pesky puddles on their newly renovated bathroom floor.

Moreover, there’s a question of longevity and quality. While the existing tile glue might seem to hold the new tiles initially, it’s hard to predict how long this will last. Over time, this bonding may weaken, causing your new tiles to become unstable, loose, or even fall off altogether. The last thing you want is your bathroom turning into a game of tile Tetris.

Lastly, when you tile over existing tiles, you’re also losing the opportunity to create something truly bespoke and unique. Bathroom renovations are about more than just sprucing up an old space. They’re about bringing your vision to life, creating a room that reflects your personality and taste. You’re selling your vision short by simply slapping on a layer of new tiles over the old ones. 

Tiling over existing tiles might seem like an attractive option for a quick revamp, but it’s not the best way to go about a bathroom renovation. It’s more than just a cosmetic makeover. It’s about ensuring the space is structurally sound, practical, and long-lasting.

We pride ourselves on delivering top-notch, professional bathroom renovations that stand the test of time. From the demolition hammer’s first splash to the grout’s final swipe.

So, if you’re thinking about giving your bathroom a new lease on life, remember, don’t just tile over the old – do it right the first time.

Happy renovating!

Sheldon Powe-Hobbs

By Sheldon Powe-Hobbs

Sheldon is the founder and director of Custom Bathroom Creations.

Category: Tips and Tricks

15 Aug, 2023

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