Not every tile installation is a do-it-yourself project. Going pro is your best bet if you have challenging applications, sophisticated patterns, or a tight deadline. Mistakes are difficult (if not impossible) to conceal, and correcting them may involve removing all of the tile and starting over.
It’s generally a good idea to hire a professional tile installer, and it’s often necessary for difficult installations. Below is a list of the top five things you can do to choose a qualified tile installer.
* FIND SOMEONE WITH EXPERIENCE.
Although it may be tempting to employ a handyman, your uncle’s best friend’s brother, or a jack-of-all-trades, someone with at least three years of experience installing tile and a proven track record for the type of installation (floor, wall, shower, etc.) you want is recommended. In the end, hiring a trained professional with the experience your project demands will save you time, money, and hassle.
* SPEAK WITH THE PROFESSIONALS
Take advantage of the abundance of knowledge offered by contractors, architects, designers, and salespeople when shopping for tile. They have worked with qualified installers before and can recommend professionals they know and trust.
Also, consider speaking with a commercial contractor. Commercial buildings account for the great majority of tile sales. The best tile installers are frequently known by commercial contractors.
* LOOK FOR A LICENSED INSTALLER
Always double-check that your potential installer is certified, licensed, and insured. Check to see if your potential installer has received training from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF). The CTEF provides installers with training and certification, ensuring that they are equipped with the most up-to-date procedures for a rapidly changing business.
* BE SURE TO ASK THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
You will learn a lot about potential tile installers by asking the appropriate questions. Keep these crucial questions in mind:
- How long will it take to complete the project?
- How much tile will be required?
- How many people will be working on the project?
- Have you ever worked on a project similar to this? (large format tile, wood look, etc.)
* INQUIRE ABOUT PHOTOS OF COMPLETED PROJECTS.
Request photos of completed projects from your prospective tile installer and/or look them up on social media. Take a close look. When you know what to look for, you can tell the difference between a mediocre and a superb installer’s work.
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