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Shower and Tub Maintenance
Ceramic tile showers and baths are designed to give you many years of service if you pay close attention to what is happening to them. Watch for small cracks that may appear between the tiles or in the corners. These cracks allow moisture to penetrate into the backing (usually drywall) deteriorating the drywall and weakening the bond between the tile and the drywall. Prompt service at the first signs of cracking will prevent major damage to the system.
Re caulking – caulk is professionally applied to all corner seams. Depending on prior condition the old caulk may need to be stripped out. It is necessary for the tub/shower to be unused 24-48 hrs before service and 24-48 hrs afterwards.
Tub – Strip out old caulk & re caulking – $95
Shower – Strip old caulk & re caulking – $145 *typical for average sized shower, larger showers may be more.
Grouting – missing or cracked grout between the tiles also allows moisture to penetrate the system.
Grout touch-up – $65 – $85
Strip and re caulking kitchen counters – cracks at the back splash can let water into the counter subsurface causing damage. 12′ counter, $50
Strip and Caulk around the kitchen sink and give it a fresh new look.$30
Re caulking exterior windows to maintain water and air tightness.$10-$15 per window
Imitation stucco – re caulking windows with NP-1 (recommended by builders).$15-$20 per window
I have colored caulks to closely match most grouts in showers/tubs/counters.
After 4-5 years moldings naturally dry out and shrink resulting in spaces. These can be caulked and painted to restore that new look.