Your Local Lehi Tile Repair Service
Lehi tile repair is one of those services that few homeowners know exists. While tile is incredibly durable, especially in comparison to other flooring types like hardwood, chips, cracks, stains and loose tiles can occur over time. When this happens, many homeowners assume that this damage is something they’ll just have to live with until they’re ready for flooring replacement, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. With the help of a professional Lehi handyman, you can repair many different types of broken tiles.
In addition to cosmetic concerns, damaged tiles can also be a safety risk and may even compromise the integrity of your subfloor. If damage has resulted in an uneven surface, broken tile becomes a tripping hazard, which is especially of concern if you have elderly family members or friends over from time to time. Likewise, a cracked or loose piece will expose the thinset and provide a point of entry for water to seep into the floor beneath tiles. For bathroom floors, this is especially of concern, as high moisture levels in this room are likely. If enough water is absorbed, your subfloor may begin to develop wood rot and organic growth.
Our talented handyman team can help you avoid these issues and improve the appearance of your tiles in a matter of hours. Save money on replacement by calling us for tile repair in Lehi, UT today at 801-890-3843 . Need more information first? Below, we’ve provided an overview of our Lehi tile repair service, as well as some of the commonly asked questions we receive about the service and tile repair in general.
Lehi Tile Repair: What’s Involved
When you choose us for tile repair in Lehi, UT, the most important thing you’ll receive (after repaired tiles, of course!) is peace of mind. On the day of your service appointment, we’ll arrive at your property on time in a company vehicle and uniform. There are many different types of tools that may be required for your repair, depending on the type of damage that requires fixing. Some of these tools may include:
- Safety goggles
- Damp sponge
- Grout saw or lever
- Hammer and nailset
- Glass cutter
- Cold chisel
- Putty knife
- Shop vac
- Grout float
- Notched trowel
- Painter’s tape
Our service technicians have all the tools they need to get the job done properly, so you won’t have to worry about providing your handyman with any of the equipment they may need. Materials that may be required for your Lehi tile repair include:
- Rubbing alcohol or acetone
- Extra tiles
The tools and materials required will vary depending on whether you have a cracked or chipped tile that needs filling, or if the tile is so severely damaged that it needs to be replaced.
Chips and Hairline Cracks
No matter how careful you are, sometimes accidents happen. Tiles are resilient, but if you drop a heavy object, they can easily chip and crack. Fortunately, most minor chips and cracks can be repaired without needing to replace the entire piece. Porcelain and ceramic tiles that are uniform in color are the easiest to repair, but it’s possible to patch materials that are a little more varied in color as well.
Using a clear epoxy, we’ll fill the chip or hairline crack. Drying time for epoxy varies according to the specific product used, but once dry, we may add paint to help the patch blend in with the rest of the flooring. For very small cracks and chips, this may not be necessary. We’ll discuss the best course of action with you once we observe the damage. If we do use paint, we’ll also need to apply a sealant on top to ensure the paint does not flake or peel.
Loose and Broken Tiles
Epoxy is a great fix for small chip repair, but if cracks and chips are large and very visible, it won’t effectively disguise the damage. If appearance isn’t your concern and you’re just looking for an option to protect your subfloor until you’re ready to redo your flooring entirely, epoxy may still be a solution. Otherwise, we recommend replacing damaged tiles piecemeal.
Replacing single tiles requires the expertise of our experienced Lehi tile pros to ensure that none of the adjacent tiles are damaged in the process. Ideally, you will have replacement tiles in your basement or garage that are left over from your original installation. This will allow us to replace your damaged pieces with a perfect match. Otherwise, we encourage you to contact the manufacturer of your tile to see whether they are still making your design and can ship a few over. You can also head over to your local hardware store and see if you can find a replacement that may not be a perfect match, but won’t stand out.
With your replacement tiles in hand, we’ll get to work removing the damaged tiles. Not all of our handyman professionals will use the same technique to do this, but you can trust that your service technician will use the method that works the best for them. Once the old tile is out of the way, a chisel will be used to carefully remove any thinset (adhesive) or grout that remains, leaving a smooth, clean surface. Using a shop vac, we’ll clean up the area so that it is debris-free.
Laying the new tile follows many of the same steps as tile installation. First, we’ll apply thinset and place the new tile on top. Once it has fully cured, we’ll apply color-matched grout in the grout joints using a grout float. Excess grout will be scraped off. We will again wait for it to cure the required amount of time before using a damp sponge to smooth the grout lines and clean up the surface of the tile.
Most Lehi tile repairs should not be walked on for 24 hours to ensure that the repair has all the time it needs to fully dry and harden, but your service technician will provide you with any aftercare information you require before leaving you to enjoy your newly repaired tiles.
Why Choose Us For Lehi Tile Repair?
We’re not the only service provider of tile repair in Lehi, UT. That being said, what makes us the right choice for you? The answer is simple: we provide you not just with quality workmanship, but a quality experience as well.
At Mr. Handyman of Lehi, Provo and Spanish Fork, we believe that outstanding customer service is achieved through transparency and honesty. That’s why we take the time to truly understand your needs and goals, provide you with an accurate job estimate and communicate with you about the project scope before, during and after your service.
We’re passionate about providing tile repair in Lehi, UT because we’re passionate about helping our community. We believe in building long-lasting relationships with our customers. One of the ways in which we do this is by guaranteeing that you are happy with the results of your service with us, every time. If the quality of workmanship isn’t up to par, we’ll come right back and make it right.
Lehi Tile Repair FAQs
When Should I Choose Replacement Over Tile Repair?
Although we’re strong supporters of pursuing repair options before opting for replacement, our Lehi tile repair service may not always be the right option for you. Some situations in which you may want to choose tile installation or flooring replacement over tile repair include:
- Your current flooring isn’t meeting your needs. There is a wide range of flooring options today, all with different pros and cons. Maybe your current flooring is too porous and there’s a different type of tile that would work better for you in your bathroom.
- You want a change. Perhaps your current tiles just don’t match your interior design style and you’re ready for something new. One of our biggest tips for a bathroom remodel is to pick a style and stick with it.
- The cost of repair outweighs the cost of replacement. If your tile is very damaged, the time and energy involved in repairing it all may end up costing you more than it would to just start fresh. However, if your home has historic tiles that you wish to preserve, the extra cost may still be worth it.
Our handyman team has the experience to be able to provide you with recommendations for repair or replacement based on cost, your budget, and your project needs. At the end of the day, the decision remains yours, and yours alone, but we’re happy to offer our informed opinion when desired.
How Much Does Tile Repair in Lehi, UT Cost?
While we’d love to provide you with an estimate on your project cost here and now, we would not be able to do so accurately without discussing your project first. Many variables go into determining the cost of tile repair in Lehi, UT, some of which include:
- Type of damage: Filling in cracks and chips usually takes less time than replacing damaged tiles and as such, will typically cost less.
- Extent of damage: If you require many tiles to be replaced, this will cost more than filling in a single hairline crack.
- Cost of materials: We’re just as dependent on supply chain shortages as you are. If demand outweighs supply, suppliers will charge more for products, which could increase the cost of replacement tiles.
- Cost of labor: Our handyman professionals are experts at what they do because they have the experience to back them up. Our devotion to respect doesn’t apply just to our customers, but our employees as well. When they feel their work is valued, they’re more motivated to do a great job.
You can rest assured that we are committed to providing project costs that are fair to both our employees and our customers. We’re positive that you will see the value in our services, which is why we offer no-obligation quotes. We don’t need to use shady business practices to convince you to do business with us.
Can I Do Tile Repair On My Own?
Though you can certainly try, we don’t recommend doing tile repair on your own. If you want to try it out, there are several types of tile repair kits available at most hardware stores. With the help of one of these kits, you can test out a DIY repair on a very small chip, and if you feel confident with the result, use it on other chips as well.
If you want a professional result or need to replace entire tiles, we encourage you to contact us about our Lehi tile repair service instead of attempting anything on your own. Though the process may seem easy enough, removing damaged tile without breaking the others can be incredibly challenging. If you’re not careful, you could end up with more repairs on your hands than you had in the first place. And if you only have a few spare tiles on hand, you don’t want to end up needing more repairs than you have replacements for.
Say Goodbye To Cracked and Chipped Tiles Today!
Your home may very well be your biggest investment. As such, it’s important to make necessary repairs and maintenance a priority to keep its value up. With the help of our Lehi tile repair service, you can ensure that your tiles are a talking point for friends, family and potential home buyers for all the right reasons.Thanks to our team’s experience and professionalism, as well as our workmanship guarantee, you have nothing to lose by considering us for your tile repair needs. To discuss your project in greater detail and arrange an appointment for an on-site consultation and estimate, feel free to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives by phone at 801-890-3843 . Too busy to chat right now? No problem! You can also fill out our online service request form and we’ll reach out to you directly as soon as we can.