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Old 09-10-2008, 01:39 PM   #1
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Cost of sealing a tiled shower enclosure?


As part of a remodel/renovation job I had a new tiled steam shower built. My contractor told me yesterday that his tile installer had an extra charge for sealing the tile. I have two questions:

1. I was quoted a price as part of the bid for a steam shower. I bought tile that was more expensive than the allowance, and have no problems with paying the extra for it (The tile is a through-body ceramic by StonePeak). I thought sealing was standard for these jobs and was included in the price. Am I off base?

2. For sealing approximately 130 square feet of tile, is a charge of $500 reasonable? I apologize, but I don't yet know the brand of the sealer.

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Old 09-10-2008, 01:44 PM   #2
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Porcelain tiles do not need to be sealed; are yours porcelain? But, your grout probably does if you did not use epoxy grout.
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:03 PM   #3
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Mitch -

Stone Peak is an excellent product and yes, it is a porcelain. As Dan pointed out, just the grout joints need to be sealed. One could reasonably seal that shower up in less than an hour (twice), so, I'll let you decide how you might want to spend that $500.00.

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Old 09-10-2008, 08:08 PM   #4
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Thanks Dan and Jonathan,

I'm going to ask the contractor about the brand of the sealer. If the going rate for sealing is $500/hour, I think I'm ready for a career change.
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:23 PM   #5
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I usually charge 1.50 a sq ft to seal. I apply two coats at that price.

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Old 09-10-2008, 08:45 PM   #6
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Yes you are off base in regards that final cleanup and sealing is not part of the installation. The builder or the HO is responsible for that. However you should have given approval for doing it. I agree $500 is more than I could get for this step, don't know how they came to that number. Don't believe if anyone tells you it can be done in one hour though.

I you start a career in sealing, and charge that much, you will go bankrupt within a few weeks. And BTW, porcelain tile CAN TO be sealed, even glazed, yours isn't. I agree though that it is not usually needed, except for the grout. Final cleaning and sealing grout, $1.50 ft. is ok, with a $300 min.

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Old 09-11-2008, 10:50 AM   #7
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I sometimes give the customer the choice of doing it themselves or getting someone cheaper. That is if it hasn't been included in the quote.
If they want me to do it, like Jaz said a $300 dollar minimum. It sounds like the guy doesn't want to do it, and figures you'll say no and get someone else.

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Old 09-13-2008, 09:15 PM   #8
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not included in my bids, but several accounts want me to put it in so it's itemized. $150 min, and I just estimate hourly charge and how long it should take. 2 coats of course. Sealing a porcelain or ceramic tile isn't necessary, just the grout lines, but if you seal just the groutlines you will have stripes where its obvious, so seal the entire area. $500 seems a little steep, for that much I'd prob charge $200, 250 max. If my guy took longer than 3 hours I'd be chewing him out.
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