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$100

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$1,030

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How much do regrouting tiles cost?

When grout on your bathroom walls and floors becomes cracked or damaged, moisture will seep under the tiles. This can cause water damage, dampness, and then mould, which can ultimately affect the aesthetic of your bathroom. If you want to restore your bathroom tiles to their former glory, then it’s time to regrout!

If your bathroom leaks, the first step is to find out where the leak comes from. Regrouting over mouldy or stained grouting can trap the moisture under new grouting. Once addressed, you can have your walls and floor tiles regrouted. So how much does it cost to regrout tile flooring?

The cost to regrout a bathroom ranges between $100 to $200. Regrouting tile costs vary depending on the bathroom’s size, as this will determine the amount of grout needed and the labour cost. Grout can be purchased for $1.50 to $22 per kg bag.

What are the factors that affect the cost of bathroom regrouting?


How much does it cost to regrout a shower or tiled surface? To calculate bathroom regrouting costs and adequately prepare your budget, take note of the following factors. They will determine precisely how much regrouting bathroom tiles cost.

Type of grout

The average cost to get a shower regrouted heavily depends on the grout type. Grouts with unique properties are more expensive than generic ones. If there is fungal growth in the bathroom, there is an antifungal grout option for you. 

There are also antibacterial grouts, epoxy grouts, pre-mixed grouts, unsanded grouts, and finely sanded grouts. Most grouts start at $1.50 per kg bag. Make sure to get the right grout to make the grouting last longer. Hire a Tasker to get the appropriate advice on what grout to pick for your bathroom needs.

Size of area

Naturally, the cost to regrout tiles in a shower area will be higher if your bathroom takes up a bigger space. Larger bathrooms tend to have larger tiled areas that need regrouting. Hence it will require more materials, more time and will incur greater expenses.

Labour costs

Labour costs vary depending on which part of the bathroom needs regrouting, as well as your location. Tradespeople in different areas of Australia charge differently for labour costs. Grouting and regrouting are most affordable in New South Wales, where the cost starts at around $25 per square metre. In Victoria, on the other hand, $37 per square metre is the standard cost of the same service.

Current condition of the grout

If the current grouting of your bathroom is already degraded and mouldy, it most likely lets the moisture collect under the tiles. Due to water damage, regrouting may cost more as well.

Location

If you live in major cities, regrouting costs tend to get higher. Tradespeople in different areas charge differently for labour.

Regrouting price tables

To guide you in comparing costs, below is a helpful table to refer to when calculating costs for a regrouting project. Keep in mind that the price of each type of grout will also vary depending on manufacturer, brand, and suggested retail price.

Regrouting price list

Service

Cost

Regrout a bathroom

$25 to $40 per square metre

Regrout shower tiles

$25 and up per square metre

Clean tile and grout

$100 to $200

Duration

1-2 days


Per type of grout

Type of grout

Pros

Cons

Cost

Unsanded wall tile grout

  • Does not have sand added to it

  • Can be used into tighter tile lines easily

Without the sand, expect more shrinkage and cracking when dry. It also 

can’t be used in gaps larger than 3mm wide.

Around $3 per kg

Sanded tile grout (for floors)

  • Can be used for gaps wider than 3mm

  • Can be used for larger floor tiles

Shrinkage issues can be minimal, but still possible

Around $1.50 per kg

Specialist epoxy grout

  • Can prevent shrinkage issues

  • More flexible

  • Normally waterproof

  • Low maintenance

More expensive and more difficult to apply since it sets quickly

Around $22 per kg


Hiring a professional vs DIY regrouting

Should you hire, or should you DIY? To help you compare the two options, here are the pros and cons of hiring a tradesperson vs doing the regrouting yourself. 


Hiring a Tasker

DIY regrouting

Pros

  • Learning to regrout properly takes years of experience.

  • Old grouting can be removed properly with the proper tools and proper techniques.

Can cost less since you would not need to pay for labour costs.

Cons

Can be more costly than DIY

  • If not done carefully, moisture can leak under the tiles, which will cause water damage and mould.

  • You will need to buy extra tools and safety equipment such as goggles.

  • If not used to the job, it can be very challenging to achieve a smooth, quality finish.


The regrouting process

To give you an idea of what the job entails, here is an overview of the process. This will also allow you to evaluate if you can do the regrouting job by yourself or if you need to hire a professional to do it. 

Check if there are leaks

If there are brown moulds, this can mean that water is getting behind wall tiles, under the floor tiles, and soaking through the joints. Make sure to find where the leak is coming from and have it fixed first before regrouting. Otherwise, there is no point to regrout as you will still encounter the same issues.

Remove the old grout

An ideal tool to remove old grout is a drill, which will let you work through the surface of the grout and under without damaging the tiles. Don’t forget to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from debris! Once finished, go over the lines using a screwdriver, then vacuum the debris to make sure you have removed any last traces.

Be careful in removing old grout, as chipping or cracking bathroom tiles can cause increased work time, additional costs, and stress since it can be challenging to find the exact tiles to match.

Mix the grout, then apply

There are ready-mix grouts available in the market. However, if the grout on hand needs to be mixed first, you will need a tool called a grout float (which helps you mix the grout) and a scraper (to get rid of any excess). 

Get rid of the excess

Clean off any excess as you go along because they tend to dry quickly and can be harder to remove once set. Use a damp sponge to remove them, then leave the grout to dry.

If a tile is damaged

If a tile is damaged while removing old grout, use a chisel to remove the broken tile. Get the new tile and apply the adhesive on its back part. Position it using spacers to maintain proper grout gaps. Once dry, remove the spacers and grout the joints.

Regrouting quotes from Taskers

Regrouting costs around $100 to $1030, depending on your location, type of grout, the current condition of the bathroom grout, the size of your bathroom, etc. 

Area

Estimated cost

South Australia

$177 to $330

Sutherland Shire

$130 to $498

Queensland

$150 to $391

Victoria

$250 to $450

Canberra

$210 to $388

Geelong

$450 to $540

Melbourne

$253 to $478

St Kilda East

$448 to $1030

Point Cook

$358 to $575


Save time and make sure that your regrouting project is done correctly. To get an accurate quote for regrouting, put up a task now and talk to a specialist about your regrouting requirements.

Price guide

$100 - $1,030

low

$100

median

$250

high

$1,030

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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It’s possible to grout over old, damaged grout. However, you won’t address the moisture issues that could be trapped under the tiles. So to prevent this and achieve a smooth finish simultaneously, have the old grout removed first.
For planning considerations, allot one to two days for regrouting jobs regardless of the bathroom size. The exact time will depend on the speed of your tradesperson.
No, you need to wait 24 to 48 hours before grouting new tiles to ensure that they are properly set.
Set the grout to dry at least overnight for a total of 24 hours. Then wait for a few days or up to a week to ensure that the moisture took its time to dry up.
Yes, you can! But choose a paint that’s grout-friendly. Epoxy colourants or epoxy paints come in various colours and would work well on grout.
Yes, this is highly important for gaps! Gaps between tiles are necessary to allow for the expansion that happens when there is a temperature change. Besides that, they stop moisture from reaching the substrate, preventing water damage behind tiles. Use 2 mm joints for a wall tiling project and 5mm when using natural stone.
It’s possible to grout over old, damaged grout. However, you won’t address the moisture issues that could be trapped under the tiles. So to prevent this and achieve a smooth finish simultaneously, have the old grout removed first.
No, you need to wait 24 to 48 hours before grouting new tiles to ensure that they are properly set.
Yes, you can! But choose a paint that’s grout-friendly. Epoxy colourants or epoxy paints come in various colours and would work well on grout.
For planning considerations, allot one to two days for regrouting jobs regardless of the bathroom size. The exact time will depend on the speed of your tradesperson.
Set the grout to dry at least overnight for a total of 24 hours. Then wait for a few days or up to a week to ensure that the moisture took its time to dry up.
Yes, this is highly important for gaps! Gaps between tiles are necessary to allow for the expansion that happens when there is a temperature change. Besides that, they stop moisture from reaching the substrate, preventing water damage behind tiles. Use 2 mm joints for a wall tiling project and 5mm when using natural stone.

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