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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by MsAli, 28th Feb, 2016.

  1. MsAli

    MsAli Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Hi All,

    Looking for recommendations for tiles / grout sealing....Does anybody have some word of mouth recommendations?

    Possibly, @Jacque, @Gockie - Would you have any recommendations for this?

    thanks,
    MsAli
     
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  2. bob shovel

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    Products or people?
     
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    MsAli Well-Known Member Premium Member

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  4. bob shovel

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    Where? Handy man should be able to take care of it or a tiler
    Have a google yourself first, you need to let the surfaces thoroughly dry before applying, something like not to use for 24hrs+
     
  5. MsAli

    MsAli Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Thanks Bob. I have Googled. Yet to find a tradie that will keep their word.

    P.s. I'm not looking for a handyman. Looking for a professional
     
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    This is very cryptic o_O
     
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    www.serviceseeking.com.au is the website I use.

    Are you after a tiler or someone to just re-grout? If it's just a re-grout I wouldn't be paying a tiler to do the job, it will cost 2-3 more than a handyman and the results aren't likely to be any different.
     
  8. MsAli

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    Yeh put on there

    Its grout sealing
     
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    Propertunity Exclusive Real Estate Buyers Agent Business Member

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    Usually tile & grout sealing is a short term fix to a bigger problem of a failed waterproof membrane. Sometimes a temporary measure like this can last 5 months or 5 years but eventually it will need fixing properly. (but I'm sure you know that ladies)
     
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    I was told that grout sealing what you need to do if you have tiled splashback for kitchen ... for easier cleaning...
     
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    It won't make cleaning up easier! :p

    My understanding is grout sealing is only needed if you use a standard type grout, most grouts are now are epoxy grouts which don't require sealing. It's to prevent absorbing water and staining. Sealing is not used for "water proofing"
     
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    You will want a specialist to do proper grout/tile sealing. Even some tilers will not be competent to do this.

    For best results, an approved applicator from Dry Treat: Dry-Treat | Home , however you will pay a premium for the privilege.

    This is of course if you are only after the sealing aspect for minor spills/clean-ups etc. If you are looking for actual sealing, as in Megaseal, then you are only doing a bandaid soulution, and probably have waterproofing problems.

    What is the purpose of what you are trying to achieve?

    pinkboy
     
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    JacM VIC Buyer's Agent Business Member

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    I hate tiles & grout. Go with acrylic sheeting, or if it's a fancy place, glass walls.
     
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    Looking to seal the grout for new tiles. ...
     
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    Most modern grouts are already designed for this with an additive.

    I think you are creating unnecessary expense for yourself.

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    Oh ok...hmm..interesting. I know two people with recent years builds and they have black grout now.

    Thanks pinky. I've emailed the guys nearest to us on the link you provided
     
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    Would re-grouting fix water leaks? Or does it need to go back to bare walls and seal then re tile etc
     
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    Grout is porous. The waterproof membrane behind the tiles stops leaks
     
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    Epoxy grout isn't porous

    Does it help prevent water passing through? How effective is it actually, or is it reliant on correct application to its success
     
  20. Chabs

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    Hi MsAli, is it indoors or outdoors? How many m2?

    If it is indoors, e.g. in a bathroom, most people seal it themselves.. it lasts a few years. You don't need heavy duty sealing there. There are products that make this type of sealing really affordable & easy (some you literally spray along the gaps and then wipe down later).

    If it is an outdoor slate, natural stone, etc. Chances are you need some proper professional calibre sealing.

    Source: I sell tiles for a living ;)
     
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