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Tiling bathroom

I have asked for estimates from three tiling firms in the Vaud to tile a bathroom, two WC's and a shower room. All three have insisted the existing wall tiles should not be removed (too much dust, unnecessary), just tiled on top and quoted accordingly. They are happy to remove and replace the floor tiles. Is this normal procedure in Switzerland?
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Re: Tiling bathroom

I've renovated three bathrooms, but can't claim to know what the usual practice is...

I would ask some more questions as to why the tiler doesn't want to take the wall tiles off - is there a concern with a hazardous material, for instance? Or is it simply the noise, mess, and bureaucracy of demolition?

Another issue would be finding out exactly what the process for tiling over is, and how much space you would lose by doing so.

One tiling firm we spoke to wanted to tile over simply because they didn't have a demolition guy on staff, and would have had to contract out that part. It turned out that what they actually meant to do was to build a false wall over the old stuff, laying tile on top of that - a loss of about 15-20 cm all around. Which is a lot of space to lose in a small room.

I'd also make sure you understand the cost differential - I've had projects where I was advised to do something because the alternative was 'much more expensive' only to find out that 'much more' was only a few hundred or thousand francs - a small amount relative to the cost of the whole project, and insignificant if it gets you what you really want.

In the end, we hired a different tiling firm, had them speak to the neighbor and agree to do the demolition work at a time when the neighbor would not be home, - and simply pulled all the old stuff off.

Good luck with your project.
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Old 28.10.2007, 13:42
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Re: Tiling bathroom

Its not just a local thing. Most tradesmen want a flat smooth unblemished surface on which to tile, so they can concentrate on their core activity and estimate accordingly.

If you get them to start pulling down plasterboards and existing tiling, you risk entering a world of pain as they expose untreated damp and other problems. Then the accusations start flying and the guy can't do his job until the wall is restored, and the cost goes up and its takes longer, and so on.

Besides which removing and disposing of tiles fragments and is hassle unless you simply take out the wall...

Adding a layer of tiling obviously makes the room minutely smaller (!) and may have an impact on seating of the fixtures and fittings.

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I have asked for estimates from three tiling firms in the Vaud to tile a bathroom, two WC's and a shower room. All three have insisted the existing wall tiles should not be removed (too much dust, unnecessary), just tiled on top and quoted accordingly. They are happy to remove and replace the floor tiles. Is this normal procedure in Switzerland?
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