While dated tiles in a bathroom may be something you can live with, water damage will make the need for a renovation much more urgent.
Sarah Comerford of renovation company Home by Belle says leaking showers are a big problem and lead to water damage in adjoining walls and the floor below. “Water destroys everything, given the chance,” Sarah says. Although sometimes it’s as obvious as a leaking shower, Sarah says the signs — and the damage — are not always so clear. “You might have wet carpet or the tiles might start to crack,” she says. It can often be a problem in older homes which, if not addressed, can leave you with a hefty repair bill, or no choice but to replace the bathroom altogether.
“These days the materials for waterproofing are a lot more flexible than they used to be back in the day when they were fibreglass, if they waterproofed at all,” Sarah says.
“Trying to patch a bathroom never works, you end up having to take out the whole thing and start again.”