I just moved into a beach house built in 1927. I'm leasing the property as is, so general repairs and improvements are my responsibility. The ceramic tiles around the kitchen sink are popping off the counter. Water and time have seriously rotted the cement underlayment and grout away. I would like to fix this problem but, I'm not sure what to do about the cement backer!!!! Do I need to remove all the tiles from the entire counter and start over with a new underlayment? Or is it possible to repair just the damaged area of the backer? The original tiles are in good condition and the rest of the counter is too. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Repair of the backer board may be possible by cutting out the damaged portion and replacing it. But you must consider one thing: Do you have any extra tiles to match the existing ones? If not I suggest you start over. Once the tiles have been used it is very difficult to clean the old adhesive or thin set mortar off the back of them without breaking them in the process. If you don‚Äôt have any extras to replace them you may have difficulty in finding a good match for size and color. Tile manufacturers tend to change things over time and finding a good match can turn out to be ‚ÄúMission Impossible‚Äù.
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