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Maria Chubb – Featuring Reece’s Showroom in Albany, Auckland

Maria Chubb

Showroom Consultant at Reece

Meet Maria Chubb (Showroom Consultant) from Reece – Our Trusted Local Supplier -- we’ve put together a video featuring their showroom in Albany, Auckland.

When you’re renovating your home, you will no doubt be working with a variety of suppliers; we’ve forged valuable relationships with a range of reputable experts in their respective fields with a great attitude towards the end result and who also share the same values as Superior Renovations -- putting client experience first.

After confirming your project with Superior Renovations, you will be personally taken to our supplier showrooms (dependant on your requirements) like Reece to feel and choose the materials you want/need for your renovation – you’ll also receive advice from our project manager along the way to ensure you’re choosing the correct fittings/products that fits your space.

For more information about Reece, visit https://www.reece.co.nz/

 


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Guide to Financing Your Home Renovation in NZ by Superior Renovations

Are you thinking of renovating your home?

With rampant house price growth in Auckland, more and more homeowners are not trading up but are renovating their current houses. The challenge with renovations is knowing the different finance options while maintaining a budget. A right home loan for your renovation project will make your home more liveable and also increase the home’s value when the project is completed.

The idea of renovating a property is always exciting because it promises a new aura and an upgrade to a new and modern space. However, the main obstacle standing in between people and their desired goal is the finance for the renovation.

Most people aim to get an excellent renovation deal at an affordable rate. The financing provides a great way for your ideal renovation, without sacrificing the quality.  We have provided you a guide below on everything you need to know about financing your renovation.


What must I do before starting my renovation?

Before you renovate your home, you must know the cost beforehand. The cost, however, would depend on your budget, the extent of the renovation, architectural fees, and any legal/ consent process involved.

The table below summarizes some common renovation types and the range of their prices.

Renovation type Price Range
Kitchen Renovation $21,000 – $50,000+
Bathroom Renovation $18,500 – $30,000+
Bedroom/s Renovation $2,000 – $80,000+
Walk-in-wardrobe $3,000 – $10,000+
House Extension $60,000 – $200,000+
Loft conversion/second storey addition $200,000 – $450,000+
Re-cladding $100,000 – $400,000+
Re-roofing $15,000 – $30,000+
Full house renovation $80,000 – $300,000+

 

Now, you have an idea of what to expect when working on your project. However, the best way remains consulting with a renovation specialist. After the consultation, the next step is to decide on whether their plan of action works for you. Also, it is at this point that you mount up your budget against the specifications.


The renovation comes with added value

It is not surprising that renovating your home would see its value increase. The mortgage brokerage Loan Market, New Zealand (1) has documented similar findings, stating in its report that house value do increase with the right renovations carried out.

There are specific ways of adding value to your property to get the best results. For example, an additional bedroom would most likely carry more weight than just a bathroom upgrade. The installation of home security gives a massive boost as well. If on a very tight budget, you may just opt for repainting with more neutral colors. This also adds some value to your property as it will cater to a wider audience.

A multidisciplinary approach should be taken when running your renovation project so make sure you contact the right set of people. This mainly includes a real estate agent, finance specialists, architect and a project manager.

Most common renovations that adds the most value to a home

  1. A fresh lick of paint
  2. Update your kitchen
  3. Upgrade the bathroom
  4. Create more space
  5. Create an outdoor entertaining space

Reference: https://www.loanmarket.co.nz/news/top-renovation-tips-to-add-value-to-your-property


What finance options do I have for my renovation project?

Getting finance for renovation may not be as easy as you think unless you have the right person representing you.

The most common home renovations loans in NZ, include:

Bank loans: After securing your collateral, banks would give you loans with varying interests. You can navigate banks for the best loan deals or normally a broker does this for you.

Finance company loans: They are similar to bank loans in many aspects, but they have a higher chance of acceptance, non-bank lenders offer a range of other advantages over the banks; They are in a position to be more competitive and tend to offer more competitive interest rates.

Home loan: Superior Renovations collaborates with Linda Eagleton from Loan Market, and she will assess your affordability, and financial situation to decide what the plan is to borrow against your asset. At this point, you would be at an advantage if you have an existing loan, or the home has equity because you would access more funds for your borrowing for your renovation, and you would get reduced interest rates accordingly.


Where do I begin to find out more about financing my home renovation?

First, begin with booking a time with our finance specialist Linda Eagleton from Loan Market, just fill in the form below and we’ll forward your contact details on – no obligation to proceed, just free advice.


How do I track my renovation costs via financing it through my home loan?

Superior Renovations project manager will be working closely with Linda (finance specialists) at every step of the project to ensure everything is running smoothly – you will also be kept up to date at each stage.

Before kicking off with your project, check out the features on a home loan. Choosing among the various financial home loan options puts you in the driving seat for your property renovation.

These options include:

  • Redraw facility

On a few occasions, you may need more money than what you have secured from your renovation loan. This is where the redraw facility comes in. It gives you access to more funds, and they are added to your home loan.

In essence, a redraw facility provides funds at the point where they are needed the most, and it does so in style. Smaller projects usually benefit more from it.

  • Equity loans

With equity loans, you can know the extent of the equity that your property carries, and in turn, this helps you to fund your renovation project.

Accordingly, the finance for a renovation that you can get depends on how much equity your property has alongside the serviceability criteria. However, as a rule of thumb, you can’t get more than an 80% borrowing amount even with full ownership of your property.

  • Loan top-ups

As the name implies, you can top up the credit on your current home loan. This leaves you more finance for renovation. Basically, it hinges on the standing equity that you have on your property and then gives some of it back to you.

This option evades the expenses concomitant with getting a renovation loan from external sources. However, you cannot keep drawing your interest to the initial level that you’ve agreed upon, like in equity loans. Thus, if you need more funds, then consider applying for another top-up loan. Depending on the availability, you may be restricted from borrowing a minimum amount in the range of $10,000.

  • Renovation/construction loans

For bigger projects, your borrowing for renovation may hit six figures, like if you want to add a larger ground floor. Projects like this require a different financial type like in a renovation or construction loan.

Construction loans take care of your renovation in stages. This is different from customary residential home renovation loans in NZ, where a one-time amount is given.


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Superior Renovations Finance Specialists from Loan Market

Linda prides herself on high levels of customer service and communication. It is important that you fully understand the process and feel comfortable at all times. She will work beside you and represent to the bank, on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

 

How Linda will work for you:

  • Quickly assess how much you can potentially borrow, estimate your what your repayments will be and convey the best lender to suit your individual needs.
  • Negotiate with the banks (or lender) on your behalf to secure an approval and a competitive market offer for interest rates. (Linda works with over 25 banks and lenders.)
  • Advise you on the best loan structure to suit your individual circumstances, so your mortgage is meeting your requirements now and also in the future.
  • Provide ongoing expert financial advice for the life of your loan.
  • Linda’s service is at no cost to you.


Interested in having a chat with Linda?

Fill in the form below to get in touch, and she will organise a time/day that suits you to have a sit down and chat.


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Superior Renovations is quickly becoming one of the most recommended Kitchen Renovation & Bathroom Renovation company in Auckland and it all comes down to our friendly approach, straightforward pricing, and transparency. When your Auckland home needs renovation/ remodeling services – Superior Renovation is the team you can count on for high-quality workmanship, efficient progress, and cost-effective solutions.

Get started now by booking a free in-home consultation.

Request Your In-home Consultation 

Or call us on   0800 199 888

www.superiorrenovations.co.nz

What must I do before starting my renovation?

Before you renovate your home, you must know the cost beforehand. The cost, however, would depend on your budget, the extent of the renovation, architectural fees, and any legal/ consent process involved.

What renovations adds the most value to a home?

A fresh lick of paint, Updating your kitchen, Upgrading the bathroom, Create more space and Creating an outdoor entertaining space.

What finance options do I have for my renovation project?

You can choose between Bank loans, Home Loans, Finance Company Loans, or Construction/Renovation Loans.

What are finance options with a home loan?

There are 4 options via financing with a home loan, redraw facility, equity loans, loan top-ups, and renovation/construction loans.

Bathroom Renovation Blog

Do you need a Bathtub or a Walk-in Shower for your new Bathroom?

When it comes to renovating your bathroom, most people cannot make up their mind on whether they want a walk in shower or a bathtub. A bathtub is great for a nice relaxing bath but a shower is a blessing when you are getting late for work in the morning.

Choosing between a walk-in shower renovation and bathtub installation could be a daunting task when it comes to getting a bathroom renovation. Weighing features, pros, and cons can make things complicated. We’ve put together a guide on how to choose between bathtub and walk-in showers, and how one of them can be a value adding element to have a renovated bathroom.

Do You Have an existing Bathtub?

Walk-in showers are trendy and look beautiful but ripping out tubs will isolate couples having small children. So if you want to sell your home, you need to consider this factor. It’s important to know that houses with one fully equipped bathroom are the best for having multiple combination shower/tub bathrooms in your home.

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Remember:

If you have a tub installed in the small guest room’s bathroom, then you should replace it with a walk-in shower so that one can have enough space to change.

But if you have a bathtub in your master suite, then you can keep it or update it for resale purpose. Moreover, if it is in your forever lovely home, and you never use it, then maybe you can replace it with a luxury sauna.

Who Is Going To Use This Bathroom The Most?

Bathroom renovation in Auckland is costly. So it is always best to go for a bathroom renovation option which is budget-friendly but also serves a purpose/function. Which is why the best way to start a bathroom renovation is to determine how you’re going to use it. Like, if someone elderly or disabled person in your home will use it, then it is better to go with walk-in shower. The benefit is it is convenient for them to take a shower. It is super-easy, fast, and efficient. Many mothers with young kids prefer tubs so that they can give a proper bath.

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Are You Selling The House?

According to various real estate agents, it’s always recommended to have one bathroom with attached bathtub. Sellers show interest in those houses who have at least one bathroom with a beautiful bathtub. So if you have a plan of selling your house, then it is recommended to consider this option.

Always check your budget before making a crucial decision

Yes, this is very important. Always check if your needs and requirements are aligned with your specified budget, or you need to hold off on your bathroom renovation.

Does Your Bathroom Have Enough Space?

How much space does your bathroom have? Will it be easy to install a bathtub? If your bathroom has enough space, then it’s fine to go with the tub option. But if it is not, then it’s advisable not to make your space weighty.

Do You Need to Make an Eco-Friendly Choice?

Nowadays, people are concerned about the eco-friendly environment. They are opting for every possible option that could support the eco-friendly environment. Below are some benefits of installing walk-in showers.

  • It saves electricity and water bills.
  • A bathtub is not an energy-efficient solution, and it doubles the water wastage ratio.
  • In an average estimate, the walk-in the shower takes 20 gallons water while tubs demand 30 gallons.

Quick and Convenient Access

A walk-in shower is super convenient and super easy to use, especially if you don’t have enough time for taking a tub bath. You can have instant hot and cold water.

Other than this, bathtubs are not convenient. Firstly, you need to wait for it to fill up; you need to sit in and rinse off yourself. But if you are a person with a busy schedule, then surely this option is not for you.

Is Relaxation High On Your Priority List?

Having a bathtubs can be a blessing for many people, it’s a nice option to relax, and destress. It gives a spiritual experience and study also shows tha warm water bath relaxes your muscles and softens your skin. So yes, if relaxation is high on your priority list, then we recommend you to have a bathtub.

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Pros & Cons of Having A Walk-In Shower

Undoubtedly, walk-in showers are the symbol of class and trendy. But it comes with pros and cons. Many times, unique designs can compromise the functionality of a bathroom. So now have a look on the pros and cons and then decide.

Pros

  • Walk-in showers are made with glass, and so the continuous design without moving parts eliminates the chances for anything to break.
  • These showers are easy to clean. These don’t get rushed. Moreover, you even don’t need to clean them all the time expect the corners where water can gather.
  • It adds to the beauty of bathroom décor. As these are purely made of glass, without rails, so no element will distract others intention from your bathroom décor.

Cons

  • A #1 disadvantage of having a walk-in shower is a slip hazard. Yes, when water comes out and gathers, it can make floor slippers, and anyone can get hurt when getting out of a shower.
  • It is an open shower, so hot air is free to circulate into your bathroom, which however makes the environment less relaxing while taking a bath. It can create humidity in the whole bathroom.
  • Walk-in showers are more expensive than regular ones due to needing for tiling and custom shower glass.

 

When Is The Last Time You Actually Took A Bath?


If you are a one who rarely takes a bath in a tub, then this option is not a worthy option for you. According to 2014, Houzz Poll indicates 39% of people aged 23-34 years skip tub bath anywhere in the house.

However, if you are going to sell your home, then tubs removal can affect the worth of it.

Bathtub Guidelines:

  • If your home has multiple bathrooms, then any of them should have one tub installed in it.
  • If you have cute little kids, then it’s a must to have a tub.
  • If you like soaking up yourself in the water, then a tub is a must.

The resale value of a house can be affected with tub-less bathroom. Because usually, buyers like to have a bathroom with a tub. But it is up to you. It’s better not to consider future predictions and trends, and should never compromise on your comfort and preferences.

Walk-in Shower Cost

A normal walk-in shower costs $750 to $6850, and it mostly depends on the style, material, size, and features you look for. You can pay $750 for a simple stall with new faucets.

What Are Average Bathtub Prices?

A new bathtub can cost between $300, for fiberglass tubs, to almost $3,000 for marble tubs. However, the cost depends on the style, type, and size you choose; however, material like steel, acrylic, cast iron, all these costs differently.

We hope this guide has somewhat helped you with your decision between bath tub or walk-in shower. There isn’t really a wrong or right decision and it all comes down to personal preference and circumstance. It is not always necessary to follow trends which make you feel uncomfortable or which can be heavy on your pocket; so think about it carefully and make an informed decision that you won’t regret later on.

What Are Average Bathtub Prices?

A new bathtub can cost between $300, for fiberglass tubs, to almost $3,000 for marble tubs. However, the cost depends on the style, type, and size you choose; however, material like steel, acrylic, cast iron, all these costs differently.

What is the cost of a walk-in shower?

A normal walk-in shower costs $750 to $6850, and it mostly depends on the style, material, size, and features you look for. You can pay $750 for a simple stall with new faucets.


Still have questions unanswered? schedule a no-obligation consultation with the team at Superior Renovations

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WRITTEN BY SUPERIOR RENOVATIONS

Superior Renovations is quickly becoming one of the most recommended Kitchen Renovation & Bathroom Renovation company in Auckland and it all comes down to our friendly approach, straightforward pricing, and transparency. When your Auckland home needs renovation/ remodeling services – Superior Renovation is the team you can count on for high-quality workmanship, efficient progress, and cost-effective solutions.

Get started now by booking a free in-home consultation.

Request Your In-home Consultation 

Or call us on   0800 199 888

www.superiorrenovations.co.nz

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How Much Do Kitchen Splashbacks Cost In NZ?

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Are you looking for a new kitchen splashback in NZ? You could be looking to replace the old one. Or, are you considering a new splashback as part of a kitchen remodel?

A kitchen splashback adds value and functionality to your home. Therefore, it is vital to know all the options you can choose. Besides, we spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen. Therefore, why not bring in the wow factor to your kitchen with a stylish splashback.

The most important factor when choosing a kitchen splashback is the material. And, there are several options to choose. When choosing the material, you will have to consider the look and style you are targeting. More importantly, you will have to consider the cost.

While considering cost, keep in mind that a splashback is a simple way to update the design of your kitchen.

Why Do You Need A Splashback?

In the kitchen, there is a lot of heat, moisture, grease, and cooking residue, which lands on your walls and cabinetry. Gradually, all the heat, moisture, and dirt degrade your walls and cabinetry. That’s where splashbacks come in.

Splashbacks are particularly crucial behind sinks and cooktops. Besides, they are a great way of adding style, colour, and overall life to the design of your kitchen.

What Are Your Options For Kitchen Splashbacks?

  • Glass – modern and sleek
  • Mirrored glass – reflective, contemporary, and gives the illusion of more space
  • Acrylic – resembles glass and is budget-friendly
  • Tile – easy to clean and versatile
  • Stone – vintage and elegant
  • Stainless steel – durable and modern
  • Pressed metal – very modern and stylish

The Cost Of A Glass Splashback

Glass Splashback From $300 per square metre

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Glass kitchen splashbacks in New Zealand are very common.

Remember, you want a splashback that will complement your kitchen’s colour scheme. Therefore, you should go for the back-painted glass kitchen splashbacks.

Note that the paint is on the backside of the glass. The backside does not come in contact with water. So, you need not worry that the paint will come off. The exposed, unpainted glass surface is easy to clean. Additionally, this exposed surface does not have grooves or cracks that can trap grease.

Furthermore, if the colour bores you at some point in the future, you can simply remove the glass and apply new paint or replace the splashback with a new one.

The prices of these splashbacks vary depending on the type of glass treatment. For ordinary glass, the prices range from $300 per square metre. The cost of low iron glass starts from $400 per square metre.

When it comes to glass splashbacks, the best option is toughened glass. Why? Toughened glass is easy to clean and affords you a wide range of colour and print options.

More importantly, toughened glass is functional in the kitchen. For starters, it can withstand the heat in the kitchen. Plus, in the rare event it breaks, it crumbles into small granular pieces – not large and sharp shards, as is the case with ordinary glass.

Who Can Install Glass Kitchen Splashbacks?

Glass splashback installation is quite involving and requires the help of a professional.

Installers with glazing experience or professionals with a trade work license in splashback installation do Glass kitchen splashbacks in Auckland.

So, before you even consider a quote from an installer, check their licensing status with the local licensing authority.

After all, licensing is one way of making sure an installer has the necessary training, qualifications, and experience to handle your splashback project.

The Cost Of Mirrored Glass Splashbacks

Mirrored Glass From $450 per square metre

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Mirrored glass splashbacks are fast claiming their place in New Zealand kitchens. Their reflective nature adds more light to the kitchen. The reflectiveness also makes your kitchen appear to have more space.

The difference between a regular mirror and a mirrored glass is colour. Ordinary mirrors, like the ones in your bathroom, are clear. But, mirrored glass splashbacks have a smoky tint – which can either be slivery or bronze-like. The smoky hue of these splashbacks is very appealing in the kitchen.

Like toughened glass, mirrored glass is a safety glass. You can safely install it behind your cooktops without risking cracking or breaking.

The Cost Of Acrylic Splashbacks

Acrylic Splashbacks From $430 per square metre

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Acrylic resembles glass. However, acrylic splashbacks are a cheaper alternative and are easy to install.

However, unlike glass options, you cannot install acrylic splashbacks behind or near hot areas such as cooktops. If you have to install them behind cooktops, you should use protective measures such as a stainless-steel plate behind your cooktops or toughened glass.

While installing protective plates behind your cooktops, you should adhere to Australian safety guidelines. The plate should be the same width as your cooktop. Also, it should be at least 20 centimetres above the burners.

The Cost Of Tile Splashbacks

Tile Spashbacks From $27 per square metre

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Traditionally, tile is the most common material in kitchen splashbacks. Tiles are relatively cheap and versatile. All thanks to a wide range of colours, materials, styles, and patterns, tile splashbacks are slowly regaining their place in the modern kitchen.

However, the price of tile splashbacks varies significantly due to the wide range of tile options.

The Cost Of Stainless-Steel Splashbacks

Stainless Steel Splashbacks From $270 per square metre

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Stainless-steel adds the much contemporary industrial style to your kitchen. Stainless steel is durable and hygienic (easy to clean), which explains why it is the most common choice in commercial kitchens.

Stainless-steel splashbacks are an excellent option for DIYers as they are easy to install. Stainless-steel sheets are readily available at your local hardware store. These sheets are easy to cut to size, and you will not need specialized equipment to stick them to the wall of your kitchen.

Aside from durability, stainless steel is an excellent option as it is entirely safe for use behind cooktops.

Furthermore, you can use stainless-steel splashbacks behind your cooktops then use another material such as acrylic in the remaining splashback areas.

 

Types Of Tiles You Should Avoid In Kitchen Splashbacks

As mentioned above, there is a wide range of tile materials and styles to choose from. But, not all are convenient for use in kitchen splashbacks. You want a tiled splashback that is easy to clean. So, avoid slate and other textured materials. Also, avoid matte tile surface.

What Are The Installation Costs Of Kitchen Splashbacks?

The installation cost of kitchen splashbacks ranges between $300 and $1,300. The installation cost depends on the type of splashback, the size, and whether or not you hire a professional splashback installer.

While DIY kitchen splashback installation is a cheap option, you should make sure you have the necessary skill to install the type of tile you choose. Tile and stone splashbacks, for instance, can be challenging to install. On the other hand, stainless-steel splashbacks require little skill.

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6 Tips For Choosing The Right Kitchen Splashback

So, how do you choose the right kitchen splashback:

  • Identify your budget

Kitchen splashback costs are a significant concern. Factors that determine the final price include the material, size, and layout.

When going through your options, you should keep your budget in mind. You do not want to make choices only to realize later you are way above your budget limit.

  • Consider your kitchen’s design

What’s the style of your kitchen? Or, what design are you going for in your kitchen remodel?

Style does not necessarily mean going for a kitchen splashback of the same colour as your walls or countertops. However, the splashback should match or complement the design of your kitchen.

  • Choose the right colour

Colour is closely related to design and style. The colour of your kitchen splashback helps a lot with the look and feel of your kitchen.

Going for a tone similar to your walls, cabinetry, and countertops provides a uniform look. However, you could go for contrast and make your splashback a decorative fixture.

Generally, you have two choices – light colours such as sky blue and dark colours such as grey. Dark colours conceal dirt and food splatter. On the other hand, bright colours open up and brighten your kitchen.

  • The right material

The material determines the look. Stone gives a rustic-look, stainless-steel provides the contemporary industrial look, mirrored-glass is sleek, and so on.

Additionally, some materials are less durable, especially behind cooktops. Acrylic and ordinary glass, for instance, will not last long behind heating areas. Such materials require special treatment when placed behind cooktops, which translates to extra costs.

  • Ease-of-clean

Some splashback materials are challenging to clean. You might even need specialized cleaning products.

So, if you have a busy kitchen that sees a lot of food splatter and spills, consider easy to clean materials. For example, you could go for large-sized ceramic tiles with few grout lines.

Glass, though stylish, is not easy to clean. Yes, it is easy to wipe. However, you will find it challenging to achieve that flawless clean without special cleaning products.

Tiles, especially ceramic tiles, are easy to clean. However, over time, the grout lines will stain and give your splashback a dull look. Probably the most comfortable material to clean is stainless-steel.

  • Factor in the size of your kitchen

As mentioned earlier, the size and layout of your kitchen determine the price of your new kitchen splashback. So, with a considerable budget and a small kitchen, you can go for extravagant choices such as glass.

Besides, you can use a splashback to make your kitchen appear to have more space. To do that, go for reflective materials such as back-painted glass or mirrored glass.

Mirrored glass, particularly, helps open up a small kitchen. Also, the mirror attribute adds more light.

Mirrored glass is an excellent choice when you have a beautiful open home view to reflect.

However, tiny spaces with little natural light undermine the advantages of reflective kitchen splashbacks.

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Kitchen Splashback Trends For 2020

You want a kitchen splashback that is modern, stylish, and functional. To check all those boxes, consider the following kitchen splashback trends:

  • Glass

Tile is a versatile kitchen splashback material. But glass is the latest more popular trend in the kitchen splashback market. With glass, you can pick any colour, and there are many options to complement your kitchen design. More importantly, you don’t have to deal with grout lines.

  • Bold and bright

Lately, interior design is leaning towards popping colours. Neutral spaces are quite dull. So, consider using a splashback to add colour. Imagine the excellent contrast a fire-engine-red splashback would provide against an all-cream kitchen.

  • Clash of texture

Mixed textures are a thing nowadays. Think a mirrored glass splashback thrown amid stone countertops and timber cabinetry.

Forget matching textures. Go for smooth and rough, or natural and artificial.

  • Chrome

Colour is more than just rainbow hues. Add distinct colours with polished chrome. The colour polished chrome provides a lovely contrast to neutral spaces. Furthermore, it solidifies the classic and luxurious kitchen styles.

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Summary of Splashback Costs

Type of Splashbacks Estimate costs
Cost Of A Glass Splashback From $300 per square metre.
Cost Of Mirrored Glass Splashbacks From $450 per square metre.
Cost Of Acrylic Splashbacks From $430 per square metre.
Cost Of Tile Splashbacks From $27 per square metre.
Cost Of Stainless-Steel Splashbacks From $270 per square metre.
The Installation Costs Of Kitchen Splashbacks The installation cost of kitchen splashbacks ranges between $300 and $1,300.

Why Do You Need A Splashback?

In the kitchen, there is a lot of heat, moisture, grease, and cooking residue, which lands on your walls and cabinetry. Gradually, all the heat, moisture, and dirt degrade your walls and cabinetry. That’s where splashbacks come in.

What Are Your Options For Kitchen Splashbacks?

Glass, Mirrored glass, Acrylic, Tile, Stone, Stainless steel, annd Pressed metal

What Types Of Tiles Should I Avoid In Kitchen Splashbacks?

There is a wide range of tile materials and styles to choose from. But, not all are convenient for use in kitchen splashbacks. You want a tiled splashback that is easy to clean. So, avoid slate and other textured materials. Also, avoid matte tile surface.

What Are The Installation Costs Of Kitchen Splashbacks?

The installation cost of kitchen splashbacks ranges between $300 and $1,300. The installation cost depends on the type of splashback, the size, and whether or not you hire a professional splashback installer.


Still have questions unanswered? schedule a no-obligation consultation with the team at Superior Renovations

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Superior Renovations is quickly becoming one of the most recommended Kitchen Renovation & Bathroom Renovation company in Auckland and it all comes down to our friendly approach, straightforward pricing, and transparency. When your Auckland home needs renovation/ remodeling services – Superior Renovation is the team you can count on for high-quality workmanship, efficient progress, and cost-effective solutions.

Get started now by booking a free in-home consultation.

Request Your In-home Consultation 

Or call us on   0800 199 888

www.superiorrenovations.co.nz

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Cost of Building a Deck in Auckland for 2020 – Superior Renovations

The exterior curb of any home depicts the unique aesthetic taste of the residents. Nowadays, instead of having a backyard, people are more into having nice decks and patios. So are you planning on building a new deck? Are you searching for the price estimate to evaluate how much does it cost you to hire deck builder Auckland based? 

Well, the team of Superior Renovations has come up with 5 significant factors that impact a deck building project in Auckland.

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RULES & REGULATIONS FOR DECK BUILDING

If you are planning of having a balcony or a deck about 1.5 meters above the ground, you will need the permission. The rules and regulations about deck building are very strict, and one has to consider them before taking on any deck building endeavour.

The essential matter in deck building is the timber decay issue. While building your new deck, you have to design and build it with great care to avoid water trapping and timber decay. Mostly, water leaks through the cladding and thus causes the early corrosion or decay of timber. So proper maintenance is essential if you are thinking about having your deck above the ground.

Here are some of the guidelines

  • If your deck is up to 1.5 meters in height from the ground, you don’t need any kind of consent for its build-up process. However, if you are building a deck more than 1.5 meters above, you require permission.
  • Any fence which is 1 meter above the ground and possesses the risk of falling requires fence or barrier, so you will require resource permission for that too.
  • If you are thinking about having attached decking, Auckland Building Department recommends a gap of 12mm behind the ribbon plate to avoid moisture retention and mildew development.
  • Along with the ones mentioned above, the deck-building also requires to meet other structural and building requirements.


What the law says

Subject to section 42A of the Building Act, Schedule 1 exempts the following from a building consent:

Building work in connection with a deck, platform, bridge, boardwalk, or the like from which it is not possible to fall more than 1.5 metres even if it collapses. (https://building.govt.nz, 2019)

If you plan to build a deck that is up to 1.5m high, you don’t need a building consent but you may still need a resource consent, depending on the rules in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. If your deck is more than 1m high, it must have a handrail. (https://aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, 2019)

For further details, visit https://building.govt.nz

or Auckland Council website: https://aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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HOW MUCH WILL MY DECK COST?

How much I need to spend on building a deck? Probably one of the most common questions when it comes to deck building. However, the cost of any deck build-up process depends entirely on the design and structural complexities it involves.

Although the decking based services vary when it comes to pricing particularly in Auckland, the standard cost estimate for a 1-meter high deck is as follows:

For a 90 mm wide pine decking, you might get charged up to $470+ per square metre. However, the other factors that affect the cost of deck building include:

  • Site condition
  • Soil type
  • Deck’s height
  • Accessories required
  • Other costs including permits, demolition, seating, cladding and stairs building.

 

CAN YOU REMOVE MY OLD DECKING AND RELAY NEW DECKING?

The decks are made of wood, and they have a specific lifespan. Although you can enhance their lifespan with proper maintenance and care. But once they started rotting, you would have to replace the whole structure.

If you are worrying about whether your deck needs replacement or not just check out the following signs or symptoms.

Check for any decay or mould development:

The first step is to check for any rotting or decay in the deck area as well as in the stairs, fencing or any other part of the deck. You can use a screwdriver to check the condition of the wood. If the screwdriver penetrates the wood easily, then it is time to get a new deck.

Check for loose parts:

  • Check the entire deck for the loose parts and to undergo inspection regarding the damage.
  • If your deck has completed its lifespan, then make no further delays and ask a professional deck builders Auckland based to build a new deck for you.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PINE AND KWILA DECKING?

The decks could be of any shape, size or material, but the two most common types of the deck are softwood and hardwood.

  • Pinewood (softwood):

A highly reliable and easily available decking wood option, pine offers the decks more longevity. This pinewood is the most commonly used decking material. However, pine wood contains chemical preservatives and can be easily bent and wraps, thus causing serious health and construction issues.

  • Kwila (hardwood):

Kwila wood is known for its durability and great looks. Due to its durability, it has been the primary choice for decks in Auckland.


DO I ENGAGE A BUILDER AND/OR PROJECT MANAGER?

If you are thinking of having a deck, then opt for a professional deck building service provider. If you are confused about whether or not hire a project manager for a decking project, then here are some of the perks associated with hiring professionals:

  • Quality work with extreme professionalism
  • Schedule tracking for completion of the project on time
  • The budget and cost estimates will be accurate
  • The project will be built according to construction guideline and codes
  • Little to no conflict regarding ideas and material requirements.


THINKING OF BUILDING THE DECK YOURSELF?

Materials required for deck building.

Here are the few materials that you might require for building a deck from scratch:

  1. 5×4-inch decking lumber
  2. Fiberboard pier form
  3. 2×8 pressure-treated lumber for the joists
  4. 2×10 pressure-treated lumber for the ledger, beams and rim joists
  5. Concrete
  6. Plastic footing form
  7. Polyurethane marine sealant
  8. Ledger fasteners lag screws and/or carriage bolts
  9. Post bases
  10. Face-mounted joist hangers
  11. Siliconized acrylic caulk
  12. Masonry expansion bolts to fasten post bases to concrete piers
  13. Metal flashing
  14. Construction adhesive
  15. 8d galvanized or stainless steel finish nails
  16. 6d, 12d, and 16d galvanized or stainless steel common nails
  17. Self-adhering waterproof membrane
  18. 5/8-inch roofing nails
  19. Concealed-flange and face-mounted double joist hangers and hanger nails.

Tools needed for building a simple deck

For the construction of the durable deck, you will require the following mentioned below tools including:

  • Hammer drill
  • Masonry bit
  • Drill driver
  • Drill – 1/2-inch
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Ratchet wrench and sockets
  • Circular saw
  • Chalk line
  • Concrete mixer
  • Hammer
  • Impact wrench
  • Shovel
  • 30-foot tape measure
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife


What Do I Need To Know Before Constructing A Deck?

Before moving ahead with your construction, you have first to address certain things to come up with a better idea about the type of deck you need.

Usage:

The most common question while building a new deck is how you are going to use it? Whether you need a deck for private sitting or requires for a large space for dinners and parties? Do you have children, or do you want extra protection on your deck?

Area assessment:

Next comes the area assessment as in which part of your house you want your deck to be. The area selection is crucial as it involves the consideration regarding your underground structures, location and many more.

Size of the deck:

The size of the deck depends on various factors including your usage, amount of furniture required and type of activities you are planning on doing on your deck.

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So How Much Does It Cost To Build A Deck According To Type And Area Required?

Cost to build a deck per square metre

We have mentioned a pricing estimate for building a deck all by yourself excluding the labour, accessories, bearers, joists or piles.

Timber Decks:

  • Pine 140×32 – $50/m2 incl GST
  • Kwila 140×19 – $89/m2 incl GST
  • Vitex 140×19 – $105/m2 incl GST
  • Garapa 140×19 – $104/m2 incl GST
  • Iroko 140×19 – $112/m2 incl GST

Composite:

  • Outdure 138×23 – $103/m2 incl GST
  • Millboard 176×32 – $210/m2 incl GST (and this was a good deal)

The cost-estimation mentioned above points out why the people opt for pinewood decks as compared to Kwila wood. The pinewood decks are affordable and easily available, making them budget-friendly. However, now the trend is making a shift and people are more willing to spend for durability, style and looks. So, nowadays we are witnessing a shift towards Kwila wood decks.


So, How Much Do I Have To Pay For Having A Deck At My House?

Well, if you are looking for a generic ballpark figure, then an uncovered deck will cost you about $300/m2. However, if you want to add some facilities including a gazebo, veranda or pergola, then the cost estimate would be $600/m2 including GST for deck covering.

We hope that this price or cost-estimate will assist you in making up your mind regarding what type of deck you need and how much cost has to bear. However, these estimate might vary depending on your specific requirements regarding the use of material, space, size and height of the deck. The cost-estimate is only there to let you get your head in the right direction with your demands and budget requirements.

Please note: Whilst all information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information. The information may change without notice and Superior Renovations is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information printed and stored or in any way interpreted and used by a user.

At Superior Renovations, full project management is what we do. We partner with select architects, engineers and professional builders to create deck you’ve been envisioning.

 

Quick recap

Do I need to apply for consent for building a deck?

If your deck is up to 1.5 meters in height from the ground, you don’t need any kind of consent for its build-up process. However, if you are building a deck more than 1.5 meters above, you require permission.

How much does it cost to build a deck in NZ?

Well, if you are looking for a generic ballpark figure, then an uncovered deck will cost you about $300/m2. However, if you want to add some facilities including a gazebo, veranda or pergola, then the cost estimate would be $600/m2 including GST for deck covering.

Do I engage a builder or a project manager?

If you are confused about whether or not hire a project manager for a decking project, then here are some of the perks associated with hiring professionals: • Quality work with extreme professionalism • Schedule tracking for completion of the project on time • The budget and cost estimates will be accurate

Can I remove my old decking and relay new decking?

The decks are made of wood, and they have a specific lifespan. Although you can enhance their lifespan with proper maintenance and care. But once they started rotting, you would have to replace the whole structure.


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Average Bathroom Renovation Cost in Auckland for 2020

A Bathroom renovation might seem simple and straight forward. This however is far from the truth. The fact is that a bathroom renovation is the most complex of all renovations due to the number of trades involved in a relatively small space.

Average bathroom renovation cost in Auckland 2020 can only be determined when all the various factors are considered. Trades involved in a bathroom renovation include a designer, demolisher, plumber, electrician, tiler, water proofer, installer, painter, grouter, and plasterer. Imagine managing the above trades within a small space. You can easily understand why organisation and planning is key to a bathroom renovation. Bathroom renovations typically should take about 2-3 weeks to complete if you have a project manager on site managing the trades for you.

Managing the trades on your own comes at a risk of either blowing your budget as you are dealing with so many different companies or extending the timeline of your project. Our first advice would be to get a company that provides project manager as part of their service.

But more on project management later, lets talk about the costs related to bathroom renovations.

Before you renovate your bathroom ask yourself the reason for your renovation and plan from there. Once you have determined the reason for your renovation then we can work out a plan and costs related to them.

Why do you need to renovate your bathroom?

Having a plan will ensure that you are spending your money at the right places.

Different families have different needs to renovate a bathroom. The fittings they choose and the choice between a bathtub or shower or both will be determined by your reason to renovate.

1.      A young family

A young family has very different needs compared to a mature family with older kids. If you have a toddler or a new baby on the way and there is no bathtub in your bathroom then it would be a wise choice to include a bathtub for your renovation.

2.      Growing family/Increase convenience

A growing family might mean that you need more space for adults to live comfortably in the house. This could either mean creating a separate toilet or dividing one en-suite into a toilet and a bathroom. If you have space in your home, then you can add an entire bathroom to increase convenience.

3.      Adding Value for Re-sale

We advise clients to not over capitalise if you are looking at adding value before a sale or renting your home. Renters and buyers alike prefer homes where they do not have to renovate. They want homes that are updated with little or no need of repairs.

Generally speaking, bathroom renovations add $1.50 for every $1 spent. People looking at selling their home should look at using simple yet updated products and fixtures. There is no need to buy a designer sink costing you $3000 if you are selling as that will not yield any return on investment.

 

4.      Improving quality of living/Adding a luxury bathroom

If you are renovating with the idea of adding comfort and a bit of luxury, then overcapitalising is not a bad idea at all. You can opt for a Wet room style bathroom if you have a small space, create a spa like feel or even splurge on that $3000 sink. The possibilities are endless depending on your budget.

So how much does it cost to renovation a bathroom in Auckland? – NZ Average

Once you know your exact reason to renovate then you can start planning your budget for your renovation. If you are carrying out your renovation through a renovation company then your renovation would include demolition, supplying of products and fixtures, installation, water proofing, flooring, painting and most importantly project management.

Difference in prices for a Standard, Mid-Range and Premium Range mainly is due to the type of supplier range you choose. Most companies will have a range of different suppliers that they work with to provide tailor made renovations for different client needs. For example, if you are opting for a standard bathroom renovation then Bath and Tile would be your supplier option from the company. If you are looking at a more premium range, then Reece would be an option.

Average Cost of Bathroom renovations NZ

 

(All types of bathroom renovations include demolition, supply of products and materials such as flooring vanity shower bathtub, water proofing, installation, plumbers, electricians, installers, painters, plasterers and a project manager to oversee the renovation)

 

Standard Bathroom Renovation    

$18,500 – $21,000                                              

Standard bathrooms would mean a total demolition of your previous fixtures and upgrading them with mid-range fixtures/materials. Little to no change in your existing layout. This type of renovation is most suited for people looking at adding value before selling or renting. This is also a good option for families looking at upgrading their bathroom on a limited budget to add convenience and a more modern look to their bathrooms.
Mid-Range Bathroom Renovations

$22,000 – $27,500

Mid-Range bathrooms mean that you can utilise and incorporate a more premium range of fixtures and materials.  A change in layout is also a possibility depending on your layout and its feasibility. A change in layout might need consent from the council if you are changing the toilet from its previous position. Mid-range bathrooms often include a bathtub and a shower.
Premium and Luxury Bathrooms

$28,000 and upwards

Luxury bathrooms involve a high level of customisation in terms of layout and architecture. The supplies and materials available to clients are from our premium suppliers that have specialised or one of a kind styled bathtubs or showers. These bathrooms can also be called designer bathrooms as the involvement of our designers is more pronounced. Spa bathrooms with waterfalls etc are an example of luxury custom bathrooms.

 

Average Toilet Renovation Cost

Most homes in Auckland have a separate and often neglected toilet. Usually the space is small, there is the old style discoloured Vinyl flooring and an a toilet hardly to be proud of. If you are renovating your bathroom then this would be a good time to consider renovating your toilet as well. This would save you time as both the bathroom and toilet can be renovated side by side. Generally it works out cheaper if the toilet renovation is done together with the bathroom renovation so there is no double up in labour/resources and product.

This includes removing all fixtures, toilet, basin (if any) and accessories in the bathroom before re-tiling. It takes about 5-10 or so working days per toilet, and new accessories have to be purchased prior to commencement.

Cost guide to renovate a toilet in Auckland

 

Tiling Works

  1. Supply & Overlay Wall Tiles To Ceiling Height — $1900-$3150 (Depending on Size and Complexity)
  2. Supply & Overlay Floor Tiles For Toilet — $800 – $1000 (Depending on size)
  3. The cost of tiles depending on the type of tile you get and its range. However, on average the cost of tiles would be $30 per square metre.

Plumbing Works

  1. Supply & Install 01 Set Toilet Bowl & Bidet Spray For Toilet — $860 upwards

The price of your toilet bowl itself will depend on the model and range you choose.

  1. Supply & Install 01 set Wash Basin w/ Tap — $250 and upwards Depending on Model)
  2. Supply & Replace Stainless Steel Piping for Toilet — $530 – $800 (Depending on Hot/Cold)

Haulage & Disposal

  1. Haulage & Disposal of Debris Generated — $350 – $600

Items To Purchase

  1. Purchase of New Toilet & Accessories for the Toilet Renovation — $200 to $300 and above

Estimated Toilet Renovation Cost: $12,000 and up for full toilet renovation overlay job
Estimated Turnaround: 5-6 Working Days



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What is the average cost of a bathroom?

On average a mid range bathroom costs anything between $18,000 to $25,000 in New Zealand. This would include all the materials such as flooring, shower/bathtub, Vanity, and Toilet. If renovating with a company this price would also include plumbing, installation, painting and Project Management.

What is the average cost a toilet renovation?

A full toilet renovation includes demolition of all previous sink, toilet and flooring to be replaced with new flooring, toilet, sink and a new coat of paint. Depending on the range you choose your toilet renovation would cost anywhere above $12,000.

Do i need consent from the council to add a toilet in my bathroom?

Any structural change to a home in Auckland requires consent from the council. If you are simply replacing your old toilet with a new one then you do not need consent. However if you are adding a toilet to a space then you will need consent. This is because a waste pipe needs to be built for the toilet. Most renovation companies handle the consent process on their own. Always ask your renovation company if they handle this process before starting your renovation.

How much does a bathroom renovation cost?

Basic Bathroom renovations cost between $18,500 - $21,000. Mid Range Bathroom renovations cost between $22,000 and $27,500. Premium Bathrooms will cost you anything above $28,000. The difference in prices is due to the range that you choose when it comes to materials and supplies like flooring, vanities, toilet, fixtures, and bathtub.

What Budget do i need for my bathroom renovation?

The budget for your bathroom renovation will be determined by the reason for your renovation. For example if you are renovating to sell then a basic bathroom renovation is right for you which would require a smaller budget compared to if you need a luxurious bathroom to increase comfort for your home.

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Intelligent Remodeling Ideas For Your Home

Property Enhancement


Sometimes factors which increase or decrease the value of what you own may not be dependent on you. Sometimes you can influence this quite a bit. One thing is sure: doing absolutely nothing likely won’t help. What makes sense is finding ways to maintain and increase the value of what you own.

As regards to the property, there’s much to recommend periodic remodeling. However, you want to go about this strategically, or you’ll spend more money than the value your remodeling choices bring. Of course, if you have the resources, this may be acceptable to you.

However, if you’re really savvy about it, you can use remodeling as a means of increasing overall property value. In the following article we’ll explore several tips to help you find the best remodel choices for your home.

Maximise Unused Space, Including The Yard
Finish unfinished basements. Is the attic strong enough to support residents? Make a room out of it, paint the walls, put some lighting or ventilation in, turn the space into a sitting room. It could also be a bedroom, or an observatory. Certainly it may well work for storage, but if you downsize your junk and manage your property, it can increase the value of your home.

Look at your yard, too. Sometimes it’s best to carefully manicure a vegetable garden, or a flower garden. Maybe you want to plant some trees or bushes—these can increase property value. Perhaps you can tear up all the grass and sod, put down wood chips or rocks, and have yourself a fine little manicured backdoor park. Maybe you even install a tiny home.

 

DIY Projects: Decks, Tiny Homes


You can build your own tiny home for under $10k, if you’re smart about it and source the right materials. Additionally putting in a driveway to the alley and hooking up utilities gives you a property on your premises that you can rent out. If you spend $10k on a property that you can rent for $1k a month, you’ll be $2k in the green by the end of the first year of your tenant.

You can either hire contractors or build a tiny home yourself; you might even combine both methods. Whatever your best option here, using your backyard space to the max can increase property value. And you need not make a tiny home. You could put in a shed, or a “man cave”. Also, you could use DIY skills elsewhere in the home.

Consider putting in a DIY deck. Look into the code for your local region to determine what you’re authorized to do. You might find installing a DIY deck less complicated than it initially seems.

 

Kitchen Renovations


Kitchens are some of the most-used rooms in any house. People eat there, relax, socialize, and sneak snacks in the wee hours. Naturally, there’s a lot of wear and tear. You’re going to have to remodel your kitchen eventually to counterbalance this anyway, so a carefully-planned kitchen remodel makes a lot of sense.

Look at drawers, ovens, refrigerators, freezers, sinks, tables, and chairs. Also, look at what sort of storage options you’re putting to use. There are many cabinetry pieces that very well match your home. To get your imagination stimulated, you might look at some of these quality affordable kitchen cabinets. Quality and cost-savings should define kitchen remodel strategy.

 

Consultation And Balanced Remodels: For You, Or The Market?


Talk with friends, family, and local contractors you know to get an idea which particular remodels will best match your home. You’re looking for balance weighted toward profit. That is: you see ROI at least one to two times what you pay in. So if you spend $10k, you should see at see $20k in value, or break even.

Some remodel tips are better for you, regardless of property market value. Some are better for the market. For example, spending $5k on a solar energy array could return $10k to $20k in value, with a national average of $16k+. So if you’re looking to sell, you might install a solar array right before you list.

Tactical Advantages Of Planned Remodeling


There are a lot of different ways to strategically remodel your home in such a way as to produce profit. Look into what will best affect your property on the market. Get consultation. Consider strategic kitchen remodel. Look into DIY projects like decks, or tiny homes. Be sure to maximize unused space such as attics, basements or your own yard. Such tactics yield value.

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When you have people working in the house, that can be kind of annoying you know but with these guys it wasn’t annoying because you really didn’t know they were there, there was no upheaval, there was no chaos for weeks, it was just so smooth and that’s the bit that impressed me…”

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Epoxy Grout VS Cement Grout for Tiling: Advantages & Disadvantages

photo-1523413651479-597eb2da0ad6-1000, Kitchen Renovation, Bathroom Renovation, House Renovation AucklandAre you faced with the question of choosing between Epoxy Grouting or Cement Grouting for tiling?

No doubt, kitchen and bathroom tiling can look dull and begrimed when grout begins to flake or discolored. Over time due to wear and tear, some surfaces require an excellent type of sealing between dissimilar surfaces like countertops, and underneath basins and sinks. For these areas, we need to choose the best grout for tiling. Do you know the difference between cement grout and epoxy grout? If not, then continue reading this article because we will compare both these options, and help you choose the best one.

No doubt, Epoxy grout has become the most widely used option for grouting. Various renovation companies around the world, especially in New Zealand are using Epoxy grouting in tiled showers, and floors. However, there must be a reason for it. Are you interested in knowing what that is? Then continue reading this article, we have a lot to share with you.

Why Do Bathroom or Kitchen Grout Crack?

No doubt, grout crack is common and happens mainly due to movement between two surfaces. Homes are continually moving in tiny increments as a result of humidity, foundation settling, temperature, and many other factors. However, if the grout in the kitchen or bathroom is a rigid material, then it results in cracks when a bathtub moves on the way while the installed tile wall moves another way.

There are various ways in which installation can doom grout to failure, so it is vital to give your bathroom tile project in the professional hands. For instance, if the grout is indecorously mixed with too much water concentration or additives, then it could leave air pockets after the grout has fully dried. That could make the grout frail and extremely weak, and eventually lead to cracks.

Grout can also be cracked if too little adhesive is used in tiles installation. If a tile pulls away from the wall after the adhesive dries, then it is up to the grout to hold in the right place, and that stress is likely to cause cracks.

Even old or damaged grout can make the most beautiful looking tiles ugly. It also causes structural damage to your home. However, re-grouting is a process of removing the old and poorly installed grout with the new one for better results.

So now you know the main reasons why you may need re-grouting, here are two forms of grouting you may need to know. However, if you are looking for the professional grouting services, then we are here to help you. We have been in this industry for the past many years, and has helped thousands of residential and commercial buildings with the best services.

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Epoxy Grout

Unlike cement grout, Epoxy grout is made from two-part epoxy resins. These two are mixed with filler powder. This grouting option has been used for renovation companies for many years because of its durability, non-porous, and stain-resistance nature.

Cement Grout

Cement grout is a mixture of sand and water and often comes in un-sanded varieties. It is the injection under pressure of cement to fill fractures or voids in the soil or concrete structure. It is a process used to fill voids with cement injected under pressure.

So, What Is The Main Difference Between Epoxy Grout and Cement Grout?

As we know, cement grout is made up of some cementitious powder mixture. While epoxy grout is made from epoxy resins, and a filler powder, which however makes epoxy grout extremely durable, non-porous and stain proof. When it comes to cement grout, then this is the cheap grouting option as compared to epoxy grout because of its porous nature. It can easily absorb water and so stain that results in discoloration over time.

Most people ask a question about epoxy grout, whether it is waterproof or not, so here is the answer.

Is Epoxy Grout Waterproof?

The answer is yes, it is waterproof. Its non-porous nature makes it waterproof. It is resistant to staining, which makes it the first choice of many people. However, it is not recommended to combine it with cement grout as it can result in stain non-resistance.

Now you have the basic idea of cement and epoxy grout; now we will discuss each one in more detail to help you decide the best grout for tiling.

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Detailed Overview

What Is Cement Grout? 

Portland cement is the most common type of cement, manufactured from clay and chalk which hardens when undergoes water, and upon getting harden resembles Portland stone in color. Cement grout contains filler particles of various sizes and water-retention additive. No doubt, cement grout has been used for residential and commercial applications because of its multiple properties.

It comes in various colors to let the users match it with the tile color. For applying cement grout on a surface, it is first mixed with water and then applied with a trowel. However, the presence of a water-absorbent agent in it impedes the drying, and let the cement set and dry slowly for maximum hardness. Drying time is one of the main reasons why people don’t like cement grout.

It is formed by mixing cement powder with water in the same ratio. No doubt, setting, and hardening are the two main features always to consider while looking for grout for tiling. Cement grouting is more time consuming and so it affects its performance. Its efficiency also gets decrease because of excessive voids that hit its stiffness, porousness. But anyway, it is still used as an excellent traditional option to fill voids and gaps in the structures. It is not recommended to use cement grout with porous tiles like natural stone, quarry, and many more because this combination can stain the surfaces.

Cement grouting has various variations, like sanded and unsanded. Let’s discuss what these are.

Sanded vs. Unsanded

The main difference between sanded and unsanded is sanded one contains more sand particles, while the other one has a smooth texture with less fine powder particles.

The big sand particles of sanded cement grouts look and feel resolute. Sanded cement is recommended where the voids are about 1/8 inch wide, and especially for its durability and power to prevent cracking. One needs to be careful while applying this type of cement as it can scratch the surfaces

Unsanded grouts don’t have visible grit. These are the best for filling 1/16 to 1/8 inch wide voids in the structures. It is not recommended to use it with more full seams because it can result in cracks due to lack of binding power of sanded grouts.

Latex-Modified Grout

Formulation of sanded grouts can be done with a latex polymer additive. This process can be made possible by including latex polymer additive in the dry mix or by adding it while mixing grout with water. This additive plays an essential role in enhancing the grout’s water-proof nature and increasing its strength.

Maintenance of Cement Grout

Cement grouts are the most popular grouts for tiling, and it works best in any area where there’s a need for title installation. However, the latex additives grouts can stain and feature the porous properties. Therefore, it is essential to seal all the cementitious grouts. This sealing can be done with a penetrating sealer once or twice in a year. This step is the right choice since it keeps the cement grout free from stains and ensures that it’s fully waterproof.

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Epoxy grout is a unique and popular grout for tiling that does not use Portland cement or water in the mixing process. It features a hardener, pigments, epoxy resin, and silica fillers. Epoxy grout is less porous compared to the cementitious grout. Also, epoxy grouts work best in areas containing greases and acids such as kitchens.

The construction sector applies a variety of epoxy resins such as polyurethane, epoxy, and many more. Yes, epoxy has a name that implies the presence of cement material, but it does not feature any cement percentage. For the epoxy hardener, it plays an essential role in initiating epoxy grout’s hardening process. Also, the epoxy hardener is vital in repairing cavities and hairline cracks in concrete structures. Other than this, this element can work best as a primer or bonding agent.

There are two primary forms of epoxy grouts

Which include sanded and unsanded epoxy grouts. However, a vast difference exists between the sand used for these forms and the one used for the cementitious grouts. Also, epoxy grouts give a little challenge to the amateurs since they set up reasonably fast.  Other than this, epoxy grouts go at a relatively high price compared to the cement grouts. They cost around $12 per kg as the cement grouts cost between $2 and $4 per kg. But epoxy grout is the right choice in any place where there’s a need for maximum stain resistance.

However, there are high chances for epoxy grout to stain the unglazed and porous surfaces badly. Examples of these surfaces include the limestone and quarry tiles. It is essential to seal the epoxy grout before grouting if there’s a need to use them on these tiles.

Epoxy grout is a product of two different resins that contain a filler in their mixer. This feature is the main behind epoxy grout’s waterproof nature. Also, this is the reason why epoxy grout works best with the harsher cleaning products. Other than this, the thin sets property of epoxy grout gives higher chemical resistance and bond strength compared to cementitious grouts.

Maintenance of Epoxy Grout

The main benefit of epoxy grouts is that they don’t have to get sealed as for the case of cementitious grouts. But, there are high chances for them to get stained. Scrubbing epoxy grouts with a mixture of water and vinegar, or bleach and water is the right way to clean them. It is important to take care the epoxy grout, as it can easily be stained due to various factors.

Modified Epoxy Grouts

Epoxy grout modified with Portland cement is another hybrid grout available for tiling. This grout shares the same characteristics with the standard Portland cement. Therefore, this means that this grout requires regular sealing. However, this hybrid grout is more stain-resistant, harder, and stronger compared to the standard cementitious grouts.

Why Use Epoxy Grout? 

Yes, epoxy grout features a variety of benefits, but it’s more challenging to work with compared to the regular grout for tiling. Also, epoxy grout tends to feature a plastic look, which a certain percentage of homeowners who are renovating their home don’t like. Other than this, epoxy grout goes at a high cost, and most tilers charge more for using it as opposed to the regular grout.

Regular grout is the most preferred for other individuals since it’s easy to design in outside corners. These include the places where the tile wraps around the shower niche, wall, or kerb. Some people don’t like epoxy grout since they find it hard to achieve the same effect with it. Epoxy takes much time to set up in a grout joint. Also, epoxy grout consumes less time and requires a smaller mix to work with since it sets quicker compared to the regular grout.

Other than this, epoxy grout needs an acid wash, which is essential in removing any excess resin residue from the tile surfaces. Also, some epoxy grouts work well only with glass. Here, most brands feature a unique glass epoxy and regular epoxy. The filler used in the mixture is the only thing that creates a difference between these two. For the glass tiles, they have a smoother filler, meaning it will not scratch the delicate tiles.

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What Are The Key Differences? 

The cleaning and installation time is the primary thing that creates a big difference between regular grout and epoxy grout. Also, the cost is another factor that separates the two. For epoxy grout, its price can be three to four times higher compared to the regular grout. This cost explains the main reason why some installers don’t prefer epoxy grout.

Which Are The Places To Use Epoxy Grout Versus Cement Grout? 

Epoxy grout is the choice for tiled floors and showers. It is the most preferred option for these areas since adds a second layer of protection for the moisture that’s under the tile. The first protection layer is the waterproofing section. Also, epoxy grout works best for splashback tiling over vanities.

Color is another essential thing that attracts most people to epoxy grout. This color originates from epoxy grout’s filler and remains constant throughout. For the regular grout, it is possible to remove its pigment during the cleaning process.

There is a vast difference between using epoxy grout and regular cement grout. The main difference is that the two feature unique processes. This uniqueness covers everything from mixing up to cleaning.

For the case of bathroom tiling, it is essential to bathroom professionals who possess the right experience. Ensure that they have a deep understanding of either epoxy grout or regular cement grout and their applications. Also, don’t forget to note the cost difference between regular cement grout and epoxy grout. Yes, epoxy grout goes at a relatively high cost but is the right choice for most people because of its durability, waterproofing, and staining features.

Why No One Loves Regular Cement Grout

Yes, most people use cement grout in tile work, but it is not the right option. They prefer cement-based grout products because of their thinner properties compared to the mortar and building cement. This feature makes it possible for this regular grout to flow better into cracks and any other area. However, their porous nature is one thing that destroys the impression of all these benefits. The cement grout mixture features several undetectable openings, which becomes evident even after it dries.

Through these pores, dirt and other elements from the outside find access to the grout, making it embedded. They result in staining and gives a chance for the embedding of mold and mildew into the cement grout. Cement-based grout act as the conduit for stains. Also, cement makes it possible for the stains to adhere to the grout lines. Therefore, there are high chances for the new grout lines to start taking on discoloration whenever they get exposed to the staining materials.

Other than this, cement-based products do not feature waterproof properties. Therefore, there are high chances for excess water and moisture found in tiled showers to cause damage to this type of grout for filing. Also, this explains the main reason sealing is an essential requirement for all projects using the cement-based grout.

Features That Make Epoxy Grout The Right Choice

Most people prefer epoxy grout because it’s sturdy and durable. It’s a grout for tiling that’s highly resistant to climatic changes, stains, harsh weather conditions, cracks, and stains. These features make epoxy grout the right choice for those individuals looking for the efficient and most durable way to do tile work. Its strength is the main reason it works perfectly for outdoors, indoors or tile job.

Also, it is an excellent option for areas with high traffic because of its chemical, stain, and crack-resistant properties. Other than this, resistance to climatic changes and harsh weather conditions makes epoxy grout the right choice. Therefore, it’s the most preferred option in areas where it’s likely to get subjected to severe cold or excessive amounts of humidity.

It’s common to come across people talking about how it’s challenging to work with epoxy grout

Yes, epoxy products were so complicated in the past, but now that’s history. Nowadays, it’s easy to work with epoxy because of changes in its formulation. Advancement in various products such as Litokol Starlike Grout makes using epoxy grout a more manageable task compared to when using other grouts for tilling. The establishment of Starlike Grout is essential for easy clean-up. Other than this, Starlike Grout is 100% safe and non-toxic. Therefore, it is the right choice for the installers, environment, people, and pets.

Yes, epoxy grout costs more than cement-based grout, but that’s not a big issue in the long run. Also, there are several reasons why you need to go for the epoxy grout as opposed to the traditional grout. It’s not expensive to upgrade from the cement-based grout to epoxy grout. A good example is the 20SQM bathroom renovation project. Here, tile and professional installation cost go at $1,500. The same job can get upgraded from cement-based grout to epoxy grout with an additional fee of 5%, which is less than $75. Therefore, this shows why everyone needs to go for epoxy grout.

Epoxy grout is more durable compared to the traditional grout. Therefore, this means that epoxy grout is worth the higher expense. There are minimal to zero chances for this grout to crumble and start falling apart over time. For the case of cement grout, it tends to weaken. Thus, this means that there are high chances to incur additional expenses while redoing the tile. Epoxy grout requires only light maintenance, and it can last a lifetime.

Is It Possible To Put Epoxy Grout Over Cement-Based Grout?

Yes, it is possible to put epoxy grout over cement-based grout. However, it is essential to dig the existing cement out of the joints until its halfway the tile’s depth before doing this process. Scraper or the grout saw is the most appropriate tool to use for this case. This depth is vital for the new epoxy grout so it can adhere to the tile edges and the remaining sanded grout.  For overhead installation, it is crucial to leave the epoxy in the bucket for a few minutes after mixing so it can set up. Through this, the epoxy mixture becomes stiffer and tackier.

Summary – Pros vs Cons

 

Cement Grout

Pros

  • It’s easier to work with
  • It works perfectly for any width grout joint
  • Cement grout is a better choice for DIY as it’s every forgiving
  • It takes only a few to set up as opposed to epoxy grout
  • It’s much cheaper as compared to epoxy grout
  • Cement grout seals to protect from bacteria, water, mildew, chemicals, and mold
  • It works best for most applications such as submerged indoors, outdoors, wet, residential, dry and commercial areas
  • It features a few slump cases on vertical surfaces. Cement grout has a thicker consistency, meaning it can hold up well on any wall installation, even in the cases with wider gaps
  • Cement grout is easy to clean
  • It works best for joints that are greater than 1/8-inch. Cement grout is the right choice for the broader joints since it shrinks less and bonds well.

 

Cons

  • It can get vulnerable whenever exposed to high-traffic environments or high impact
  • Most of the cement grouts get deteriorated whenever subjected to alkali or acid compounds
  • There are high chances for it to feature inconsistent color because of inconsistent drying
  • It features a salty look
  • It is not highly resistant to chemicals or stain
  • Always need a variety of equipment such as tools and sponges since the grout is hard on them
  • Presence of porous features which makes it possible for water to seep down into the cement grout. Therefore, the material is not good since it can cause the growth of bacteria, mold, or mildew under the grout’s surface
  • It cannot work best in narrow joints.

 

 

Epoxy Grout

Pros

  • Low porosity features, meaning it is not possible for bacteria, mildew or mold access the area beneath the surface
  • It’s highly resistant to breakage, stains, and abrasions
  • It is the right option for light-colored grouts since it is easy to clean
  • Epoxy grout is highly resistant to chemicals, hence the right choice for substantial commercial, industrial and commercial
  • It is the best option for harsh locations where there’s regular use of harsh chemicals such as schools, healthcare, and commercial kitchens
  • It features consistent color
  • Epoxy grout is a waterproof grout for tiling because of its impermeable nature of plastic. Therefore, this explains why it’s not recommended to seal epoxy grout
  • It is the right choice since it cannot scratch the delicate metal, marble, or glass tiles
  • It has an excellent bond strength
  • Epoxy needs low maintenance compared to cement grout.

Cons

  • It goes at a relatively high cost compared to cement grouts
  • It’s not useful sealing epoxy grout since this process can compromise its safety and effectiveness
  • The epoxy grout need to be mixed in small batches, and there’s limited working after mixing this grout
  • There are high chances for light colors to turn yellow whenever exposed to sunlight
  • It’s more challenging to work with
  • It consumes much time to apply compared to cement grouts
  • There are high chances for it to degrade whenever it interacts with chemical substances
  • It looks the same even after setting it up. It features a shiny, plastic look, which most of the clients cannot appreciate over a large span
  • There are high chances for it to ruin porous tiles such as natural stones. The epoxy resins are likely to soak into the unglazed tiles or natural stones’ pores, and it’s hard to remove them
  • It’s possible for the epoxy grout to slump down through the vertical joints in the absence of the thicker viscosity and if they are too wide.

 

Quick overview

Why Do Bathroom or Kitchen Grout Crack?

No doubt, grout crack is common and happens mainly due to movement between two surfaces. Homes are continually moving in tiny increments as a result of humidity, foundation settling, temperature, and many other factors. However, if the grout in the kitchen or bathroom is a rigid material, then it results in cracks when a bathtub moves on the way while the installed tile wall moves another way.

What Is The Main Difference Between Epoxy Grout and Cement Grout?

As we know, cement grout is made up of some cementitious powder mixture. While epoxy grout is made from epoxy resins, and a filler powder, which however makes epoxy grout extremely durable, non-porous and stain proof. When it comes to cement grout, then this is the cheap grouting option as compared to epoxy grout because of its porous nature. It can easily absorb water and so stain that results in discoloration over time.

Is Epoxy Grout Waterproof?

The answer is yes, it is waterproof. Its non-porous nature makes it waterproof. It is resistant to staining, which makes it the first choice of many people. However, it is not recommended to combine it with cement grout as it can result in stain non-resistance.

What Is Cement Grout?

Portland cement is the most common type of cement, manufactured from clay and chalk which hardens when undergoes water, and upon getting harden resembles Portland stone in color. Cement grout contains filler particles of various sizes and water-retention additive. No doubt, cement grout has been used for residential and commercial applications because of its multiple properties.

What is Epoxy Grout?

Epoxy grout is a unique and popular grout for tiling that does not use Portland cement or water in the mixing process. It features a hardener, pigments, epoxy resin, and silica fillers. Epoxy grout is less porous compared to the cementitious grout. Also, epoxy grouts work best in areas containing greases and acids such as kitchens.

Why Use Epoxy Grout?

Yes, epoxy grout features a variety of benefits, but it’s more challenging to work with compared to the regular grout for tiling. Also, epoxy grout tends to feature a plastic look, which a certain percentage of homeowners who are renovating their home don’t like. Other than this, epoxy grout goes at a high cost, and most tilers charge more for using it as opposed to the regular grout.

Which Are The Places To Use Epoxy Grout Versus Cement Grout?

Epoxy grout is the choice for tiled floors and showers. It is the most preferred option for these areas since adds a second layer of protection for the moisture that’s under the tile. The first protection layer is the waterproofing section. Also, epoxy grout works best for splashback tiling over vanities.

Is It Possible To Put Epoxy Grout Over Cement-Based Grout?

Yes, it is possible to put epoxy grout over cement-based grout. However, it is essential to dig the existing cement out of the joints until its halfway the tile’s depth before doing this process. Scraper or the grout saw is the most appropriate tool to use for this case. This depth is vital for the new epoxy grout so it can adhere to the tile edges and the remaining sanded grout. For overhead installation, it is crucial to leave the epoxy in the bucket for a few minutes after mixing so it can set up. Through this, the epoxy mixture becomes stiffer and tackier.

Conclusion

I hope this detailed guide on epoxy grout VS cement grout for tiling will help you understand the use of right form grouting for your home and office. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it is up to you whatever you want to choose for your property. We are always here to help you.

Recommended suppliers for grout

  • Bunnings  – https://www.bunnings.co.nz/
  • Mitre10 – https://www.mitre10.co.nz/
  • Ardex – https://www.ardex.co.nz/
  • Cemix – https://www.cemix.co.nz/

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