Get quotes to re silicone a bath or shower with new sealant

Silicone is used to fill any cracks or gaps, making those areas waterproof and airtight. Silicone is a staple in areas where there is water like a kitchen and bathroom. Other rooms might only need caulking. Silicone in the bathroom is often found where the tiles meet a bath, shower tray or basin and around bathroom fittings. Although caulk will make an area waterproof and airtight, silicone is used in bathrooms because of its flexibility and caulk is less tolerant to movement and moisture. Standing in the bath and having the bath filled with water creates movement, same with standing in the shower tray. 

How often should you re silicone?

Silicone sealant products generally last fifteen plus years before you need to consider re siliconing. This of course is also dependent on how much moisture the sealant sits in, how long it takes to dry and how clean the room is with the sealant. If silicone is in a bathroom prone to staying damp for most part of the day, the silicone will get mouldy and if not cleaned and kept on top of, this will eventually leave a grubby look in the bathroom.

When getting ready for the plumber to re silicone remember to never apply new silicone sealant over the old sealant. This will leave a messy finish and an un-smooth finish resulting in the new sealant not being waterproof.

After removing the old sealant, clean the area, leaving it free from silicone debris and mould before reapplying new silicone. A trick to siliconing around the bathtub is to fill the bath with water to weight the tub, get in as much silicone between the tiles and bathtub, and then leave the water in the tub over 24 hrs for the silicone to set.

How much will it cost to re silicone in my bathroom?

The cost of re siliconing depends on the access to the area and what preparation work needs to be completed first. If it is a case of just removing old sealant from around the bathtub, cleaning the area and re siliconing the bathtub, this should be completed within an hour. 

If the bathroom needs other areas, like the basin to be re siliconed as well, this will push the job into an extra hour of labour. 

If only doing a shower but the shower is an enclosed unit which means a lot of siliconing is needed for the shower tray and each of the four corners of the shower enclosure, this will take a few hours of labour removing old silicone and re-sealing and could cost as much as half a days labour.

Cost to re silicone in the bathroom

Per

Average total labour cost

Re siliconing the entire bathroom

Per hour

£260

Re siliconing the shower and enclosure

Per hour 

£160

Re siliconing the bathtub

Per day

£55

Re siliconing the bathtub and basin

Per day

£110

Re siliconing the toilet and basin

Per day

£75

How to remove silicone residue?

If you want to save some labour time, before the plumber arrives to re silicone, you could peel off and remove the old silicone, cleaning up the area ready for the plumber. Some silicone residue might be stuck on a tile, so the easiest way to remove this is to scrape at the residue with a sharp razor blade. Rubbing the area with acetone might help to remove it as well. 

WD-40 is a great trick to easily wipe away any residue silicone. Just be sure to completely clean off the WD-40 before adding the new silicone as the two chemicals will have a reaction.

If you need to remove a strip of silicone from the bathtub, use a putty knife and a hairdryer. Heat the silicone with the hairdryer and then having one hand hold the hairdryer on the silicone, use the putty knife in the other hand to get under the silicone and slowly and carefully scrape off the silicone being careful to not scratch your bathtub.

What colour silicone should I use for the bath and shower?

Silicone comes in a variety of colours. When re siliconing your bathroom, regardless of what colour grout and tiles you have, if you have white sanitary ware, it is best to use white silicone when siliconing along a bathtub, shower or toilet. This will result in a more seamless transition from tile to bathtub.

Some plumbers may offer to match the grout and re silicone along the bathtub or shower tray in a matching sealant. Before you agree to this, go on to sites like Pinterest and Google Images to have a look at examples of how it may look so you can choose what will be best for your bathroom. Regardless of the colour silicone you choose, always make sure when re siliconing the bathroom, that the plumber has a mould and fungus free bathroom sealant that they will be using.


Estimates for common plumber jobs;

Job Estimate
Cost to fix a leak £240
Cost to unblock a clogged toilet £69
Cost to seal or re silicone a bath or shower £56
Cost to replace toilet float valve £41
Cost to replace a toilet £110
Cost to replace a bath £200
Cost to remove and refit a kitchen sink £110
Cost to replace kitchen mixer tap £151
Cost to install or remove a dishwasher £70
Cost to install a washing machine £70
Cost to replace heating expansion header tank £134
Cost to fit a new bathroom basin £162
Cost to fit an outside garden tap £68
Cost to fit a water softener £110
Cost to fit a macerator £80
Cost to replace a cold water storage tank £130
Cost to fit a boiling water tap £70

Rates for other trades

Seal or re silicone a bath or shower cost in the UK
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
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Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Aberdeen£38
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Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Slough£53
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Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near South Somerset£32
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Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Southampton£42
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Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near St Albans£53
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near St Helens£38
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Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Stockport£39
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Stockton-on-Tees£40
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Stoke-on-Trent£35
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Stratford-on-Avon£47
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Stroud£42
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Suffolk Coastal£64
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Sunderland£39
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Swale£45
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Swansea£36
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Tameside£39
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Teignbridge£38
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Tendring£58
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Test Valley£42
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Thamesdown£52
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Thanet£43
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near The Wrekin£82
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Thurrock£47
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Torbay£40
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Trafford£40
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Vale of Glamorgan£38
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Vale of White Horse£48
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Vale Royal£40
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Wakefield£42
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Walsall£39
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Warrington£39
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Warwick£41
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Waveney£43
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Waverley£55
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Wealden£48
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near West Lancashire£37
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near West Lothian£43
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near West Wiltshire£47
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Wigan£39
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Windsor & Maidenhead£53
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Wirral£37
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Wokingham£57
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Wolverhampton£40
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Wrexham Maelor£40
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Wychavon£42
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near Wycombe£54
Seal or re silicone a bath or shower near York£37