An Overview of the Semco Tile Resurfacing Process

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If you are curious about how tile resurfacing works, here is a rundown of the steps involved and the reasoning behind each. The Semco Tile Resurfacing System is a great way to cover up old, ugly tile on floors and walls in bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor areas and more.

Step 1. Clean the Tile

Resurfacing projects are only as good as the bond created with the old surface. Tile is notoriously difficult to get new materials to bond with. The Semco System solves this issue by adding an extra scratch coat layers that provides the bonding pores necessary for the new surfacing material to adhere to.

Creating a great bond requires an exceptionally clean surface. This is especially true for commercial kitchen application and any high traffic area. Calcium deposits and magnesium grease, also called efflorescence, interfere with the bonding process and need to be removed.

The Semco System makes three different cleaners to address this and they are applied in a systematic way to ensure that the tiles are clean enough to lay the bonding and scratch coat material.

Step 2. Rolling Primer and Applying Scratch Coat

After the surface is clean, the next step is to roll the primer and then apply the scratch coat. The primer is a polymer liquid that is rolled out in a very thin consistency onto the surface. The scratch coat is then mixed and applied after the primer is dry. The scratch coat application is what makes the Semco system unique over other resurfacing systems. The scratch coat creates a layer of porous surface that allows the topping material to bond. This is why Semco can bond to tile and metal surfaces better and stronger than most other systems.

Step 3. Grout Line Cover-up

Most people who are undertaking a tile resurfacing project have the goal of eliminating the grout lines. This is another area that the Semco Tile Resurfacing system beats out the others. Most other tile resurfacing system are a thin, paint like epoxy that is applied haphazardly over the old tile. They can change the color of the tile and grout lines, but they do nothing to smooth the grout lines or cover them up.

The Semco system does it differently. The Semco system uses what is called a Brown coat to cover and smoot over tile grout lines, chips, dents, and even whole missing tiles. Unlike most materials that shrink when the dry, The Brown coat is made of a materials that expand. This allows the brown coat to fully penetrate those grout crevices, dents, and missing tile pieces. With the brown coat in place, there will not be much indication that there was ever any tile there to begin with.

Step 4. The Finish

After the brown coat is in place, it is time to lay the finishing coats on. Depending on the Semco finish you choose, there might be different procedures. In the video, you can see them laying the natural grain finish. They first start with a skim coat that goes over the brown coat. The skim coat is then sanded to ensure that it is nice and smooth. Depending on the finish you choose, there are times when then sanding will ensure the proper texture for the final stain. Once sanded, a pre-stain is applied. You can see how the pre-stain is applied in the video. As the pre-stain dries, you will start to see the beautifully textured leathering finish that emerges.

Once the stains are dry, the final step is to apply a sealer. The sealer protects the surface from water, and other damaging agents.

Can You Install New Flooring over Old Flooring?

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Homeowners and businesses looking to save a few bucks on remodeling and renovation often wonder if there is a cheaper way to update flooring without having to replace it. After all, flooring is a large chunk of the cost associated with a remodel. And as many know, flooring choices have the potential to make or break a room’s décor. We have covered some ideas of how to update or hid ugly tiles and other flooring, but in this installment, we will cover how the Semco product allows you to install a new seamless floor over your old flooring.

Can you put new flooring over old flooring?

Yes. And there are many ways in which this can be done. But before you make the final decision to cover your old flooring rather than replace it, take a few things into consideration. If your floor is supported by a subfloor, you may want to remove the old flooring in order to inspect and repair any damaged subflooring elements. If your flooring is on a hard foundation, removing it gives you the chance to inspect for any foundation cracking. If you are confident with the state of your subfloors and foundation, then installing new flooring over the old flooring is the most cost-effective way to update your flooring.

New flooring over existing tile

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The Semco Remodel without Removal system can cover a variety of flooring types without having to remove it.

Tile flooring is perhaps the most used types of flooring. You will be hard pressed to find a home or business that does not use tile flooring in some way. Tile flooring replacement can be extremely expensive, dirty and time consuming. This makes tile flooring great candidate for a remodel without removal solution. There are two ways to put new flooring over ceramic tile:

Use new tiles to tile over existing tile: Learn more how to do this here.

OR

Resurface tile floor with a floor resurfacing solution like Semco. You can learn how to do this here.

New Flooring over Hardwood

Hardwood floors wear out over time and are prone to several issues like cupping, buckling and varnish peeling. There are three choices in the case of old, worn out hardwood flooring. You can refinish, remove and replace, or cover the old floor with new flooring. Refinishing old wood floors is great if you just have a few surface scratches and mild scuffs and marks. Removing and replacing is the most expensive and is recommended if the wood flooring is unsalvageable. You can cover your old hardwood floors with new hardwood flooring, or you can use a flooring solution like Semco’s Remodel without Removal to cover your old hardwood flooring. The Semco system binds at the molecular level to any  surface and creates a seamless surface that is great for a variety of residential and commercial applications.

New flooring over concrete

Damaged and cracking concrete is unsightly and can be a safety hazard. Concrete resurfacing is a process that involves repairing the damaged concrete and adding a layer of concrete micro topping over the old concrete surface. The advantages of this include reduced cost and the ability to customize your concrete with decorative designs, polishes and finishes. Learn more about concrete resurfacing here.

Cover old flooring with Semco Remodel Without Removal

With Semco Florida’s remodel without removal flooring solution, you get the ability to cover your old flooring without having to incur the cost of removing the old flooring material. Semco’s system can go over tile, laminate, vinyl, hardwood, concrete, stone and more. It is great in all types of areas, garages, patios, pool decks, bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens commercial applications and more. Contact us today to get started on your flooring remodel.

How to Remove Wall Tile Without Damaging Tile

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Removing wall tiles can be a tricky process. There are a lot of things to consider. how to remove wall tile

Making sure that you do not damage the drywall underneath is probably the most important part of the job. And if your goal is to keep the tiles intact, then it gets even trickier. Unlike floor tiles, wall tiles are closely spaced and the grout lines are incredibly thing, making it harder to remove the tile without damaging them. Here we will give you a step by step how to remove wall tiles as delicately as possible.

1. Prepare yourself and your area

Believe it or not, removing tile can be a bit of a hazard. We recommend equipping yourself with safety googles, a long sleeve shirt and pants to avoid tile shards in case one shatters.

Protect your work are by tapping up any drains to avoid debris entering and clogging them. Spread plastic or cloth tarp to make cleanup easier.

2. Remove the grout

If you intend to save some of the wall tiles for later use, you must remove the grout from between the tiles. This will make it easier to remove the tiles without damaging them. If you are removing an entire wall of tiles, the only areas that need to have the grout removed are along the floor and ceiling. If you are removing a few tiles for repair or replacement, remove all the grout between the selected tiles.

3. Heat the grout up

To remove the grout, first use a heater of blow dryer to heat the grout surface. As the grout heats up, it expands and become easier to remove. If you are having trouble scraping the grout out, try heating it for longer periods.

4. Scrape the grout

Once the grout is heated, use a utility knife or a special grout scraper to remove the wall tile grout. Sometimes a utility knife is not enough and a special scraper is required. In cases where the grout is tough, you may need the help of a rotary grinder or dremel.

5. Find a loose tile to remove first

After the grout has been removed, try to locate a loose tile to remove first. To do this tap along the edges of the tile with a chisel, screwdriver handle or other small tool.

6. Chisel tiles away from wall.

Using a hammer and chisel, gently chisel the tile away from the wall. Because of the steep chiseling angle, the first tile to be removed tends to break, especially if it set hard in the mortar. From there, the remaining tiles are easier to access during the removal process and are much less likely to break.

To avoid losing any tiles, have a helper catch the tiles as they fall away from the wall. Make sure that both you and your assistant are wearing leather gloves. Tile shards can be tiny and easily bury in the skin. If a tile will not come out by this method, it may require you to break it. Unfortunately, you likely will not save all the tiles. If you have to break the tile, make sure you are wearing both gloves and eye protection, as porcelain tile often shatters into tiny shards.

7. Scrape off setting material

The final step is to take a chisel and scrape off the setting material and remaining grout until it is fairly even with the wall. Also remove any remaining tile spacers that may remain.

Other tile restoration options

Removing wall tile is a tedious job. While it seems easy to read through the steps, it involves a lot of work and can take good day of work including prep and cleaning. With that in mind, removing wall tile may not be the best option for you. There may be other options, including resurfacing without removal.

Tile over tile

One option that is commonly implemented is to actually just tile over the old tiles. Not having to remove the old tile saves significant time and money. Learn more about how to tile over tile.

Resurfacing Tile with a Tile Overlay system

Another great option is to resurface your existing tile. If you don’t plan on retiling the old tile, is it really necessary to remove it? Removing tile is, as we have seen, a hassle and it can damage your drywall and more in the removal process. Skip this step by resurfacing your tile with a tile overlay like Semco resurfacing solutions. Another advantage of resurfacing is that you can choose the style that you want. From venetian plaster to a smooth finish, resurfacing tile without removing it gives you design latitude that other options do not. Learn more about how to update your wall tile without removal here.

How to Cover Wall Tile Without Removing Them in Bathrooms, Showers, Kitchens and More

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Are old, ugly tiles in your bathroom shower or kitchen backsplash ruining your attempts to beautify your spaces? You might have thought about removing the old tile and replacing it. But that can get costly and it is a big job. Have you ever removed and replaced floor tile? We have; it is a pain in the neck. Now imagine all the delicacy that goes into setting floor tile on the ground and think about doing that on a vertical wall. Wall tile is difficult to install and before you go and tear it out and replace it, read over these options to cover up wall tile in your bathroom, shower or other areas.

Cover Up Wall Tiles in Bathroom or Kitchen with Tile Stickers

While not a total cover up tile solution, tile stickers offer a way to revivify old tile and without having to remove or replace them. Tile stickers can be used on both floor and wall tile. They are especially suited to kitchens and can give that old backsplash a bit of decorative flair. Tile stickers come in a variety of materials including vinyl and even metal. To install tile stickers to your bathroom or kitchen wall tiles, first clean the tile with a surface cleaning product. Cleaning the tiles ensure that you will get a good adhesive bond. After you allow the tile to dry, remove the paper backing from a self-stick tile and press it over the tile.

Tile stickers are a quick and easy solution to cover up wall tile, but they are not always the best solution. One of the main drawbacks is that the adhesive used in the stickers can wear down in moisture rich environments like a shower or bathroom. And if you get a stronger waterproof adhesive, it can end up damaging the tile in the long run.

Consider using tile paint to cover wall tiles without removing them

Another great option is to use tile paint cover up old bathroom and kitchen wall tiles. Tile paint can be applied to any tiles to give them a clean look. Painting your tile may sound like an easy job, but it is anything but. Tile, especially ceramic tile, is really hard to paint because it is a non-porous smooth surface. The paint has trouble adhering to the tile. So if you chose to go this route, either hire a contractor or be sure you know what you are doing.

Another issue with tile paint is that it makes cleaning your wall tile a little trickier. Cleaning solutions can chip away at the paint and cause it to erode. Tile paint also does not last as long as a more permanent solution like wall tile resurfacing.

Resurface your old wall tileupdate floor tile without removing them with SEMCO

If you are tired of that old tile wall, and don’t want to go through the hassle of removing and replacing, painting or stickers, resurfacing is the best way to cover wall tiles. Tile resurfacing involves applying a resurfacing compound called a microcement over the tile. The resurfacing material is easily applied and usually comes in a variety of surface texture finishes, polishes and colors to meet your color pallet. The Semco Remodel without Removal resurfacing system is a great choice if you want to resurface your wall tile. It even works on floor tile too. The Semco system creates a molecular bond with the tile surface, creating a strong, durable and beautiful new decorative wall or floor.

 

Options to Update Floor Tile Without Removing Them

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Old and outdated floor tiles can ruin the appearance of your space.

Ceramic tiles are perhaps the only flooring solution that can work in any room of a house or office. Tile is most commonly seen in kitchens and bathrooms, but its versatility, durability and ease of maintenance means tile is also seen in a variety of flooring applications including offices, patios, walkways and even pool decks. Tile is also long lasting. But this is where you can run into trouble. Tile that is old is often stylistically dated and tile floors can even limit the type of renovations and remodels you do to walls and other areas of your interior or exterior space. And old tile is also likely damaged and chipped and even stained. Many people believe that the only way to get rid of old tile is to remove it completely and either replace it with new tile or a new surface.

But before you go ripping up your old tile floors, check out these options to cover up ugly floor tiles.

Installing a Vinyl Top

Those who are looking for a quick solution may want to opt for adding a vinyl surface atop their existing tile floors. These days, vinyl comes in many different colors, patterns, and quality levels.

Adding vinyl atop of existing floors normally entails choosing the right amount of vinyl for the space, cutting it at the right dimensions, and applying it to the surface of the existing floor. Keep in mind that although vinyl is a quick fix, it is often permanent as well. Therefore, those who choose to place vinyl atop of their existing floors should only do so if they are certain that they do not want to do anything with their tile floors, and are completely comfortable with the vinyl.

While vinyl is a cheap and easy way to cover your old tile floors, it also comes with a number of drawbacks. Vinyl is cheap for a reason. It is not very durable and is prone to punctures. If your floor takes a lot of traffic and abuse, vinyl flooring is not the best option to update floor tile without removing them.

Clean the Grout Between the Tiles

Cleaning the grout between the tiles is another temporary fix that you can choose. Grout often collects dirt, grime, and other substances over time, which can leave your tile floors looking old and outdated.

To clean the grout between your tiles, you can create your own natural cleaning solution at home, or you can purchase a product from your local hardware store or get a professional surface cleaning product. Either way, the process involves some elbow grease and time. Nonetheless, once you clean the grout between your tiles, you should have tile with a somewhat presentable appearance.

Use a Tile Cleaner or Surface Cleaner

If grout cleaning is not enough to restore your tile to its luster, you can also use a surface cleaner to help bring back those old tiles. A surface cleaner like Semco Stone Soap is a great option for cleaning tile floors. It can also be used as a grout cleaner. It is strong enough to clean, but gentle enough not to damage fragile finishes and is 100% biodegradable.

Use a Rug to Cover Old Tiles

Perhaps the easiest way to update or cover old tile is to place a rug on top of the floors. While the rug may not hide the floors entirely, it can improve the appearance of the space and give it a bit of style. This technique is best used in smaller areas like bathrooms. The downside, of course, is that a rug can become dirty over time and does not solve the old, ugly tile problem but merely hides it.

Update Floor Tile Without Replacing Them by Resurfacing

diagram of tile resurfacing updating tiles without removing them

Resurfacing your tile floors with a micro cement or cement resurfacing compound like the Semco Remodel without Removal system is a great way to update your old tiles without removing them. Tile resurfacing is perhaps the best option for those who are looking to update their tile floors without removing them. You can resurface any type of tile in both outdoor and indoor areas. The benefit of resurfacing is that you get a brand new seamless surface that is stronger than vinyl and other floor tile overlay solutions. Semco Remodel without removal uses the Semco X-Bond Seamless Stone which creates a molecular bond to the old tile surface. The resulting surface is waterproof, chemical resistant and comes in a variety of colors and polishes.

If you think the Semco surface solution is the right choice for your tile restoration project, contact us today and let us help you get the best surface solution for your needs.

 

Tile Resurfacing and Remodel Without Removal Before and After

Want to Learn More about Remodel Without Removal Tile Resurfacing?

Tile resurfacing is a new solution to an old problem: what to do with that ugly old tile. Instead of removing the tile and replacing it, tile resurfacing is a method of overlaying a tile resurfacing product that bonds to the old tile. It covers the grout to make a seamless, beautiful and polished surface.

 

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