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Tile Contractor Services

  • Tile flooring
  • Backsplash installation
  • Bathroom/shower install
  • Grout repair/replacement
  • Natural stone (granite, marble, slate, etc.)
  • Tile and grout cleaning
  • Tile floor installation/repair
  • Walls/backsplashes

The Benefits of Hiring Tile Contractors

  • More Elaborate Design Options – If you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your flooring, backsplash, or bathroom, you have to hire a professional. Not only that, but a tile contractor can also offer suggestions on design patterns that you may have otherwise neglected or been unaware of. 
  • Accountability – Let’s say you installed new tiling in your bathroom, but then after finishing, you realized that some of them are crooked or cracked. In this case, the only person to blame is yourself, which means you either have to put in extra work to fix those mistakes or hire a professional after the fact. By using a certified tile contractor, you can be sure that the job will be done correctly. Plus, if there are any errors or mistakes, the contractor is at fault, so you have the leverage to get the job redone. 
  • Faster Installation – Depending on the size of the space and the number of tiles, it will take more than a single weekend to get it done by yourself. Also, what about having to rent a tile cutter to reshape pieces to fit in tight or uneven spaces? What about spending time to practice your skills first before forging ahead with the final product? Overall, you could be looking at weeks (if not months) of work. With a tile contractor, the job can get finished in a fraction of the time. 
  • Cost-Effective – At first, it may not be apparent why hiring a professional to do your tile installation will be cheaper than doing it yourself. However, assuming that you don’t have years of experience in the field, a contractor will save money. Maybe not that much, but it’ll still be better than the DIY version. Consider what you have to buy, such as the tile, adhesive, tarp, and tools. Yes, you can rent some hand tools to get the job done, but that’s assuming you know someone who has them. A tool library won’t want items returned with adhesive stuck to them. Also, you’ll have to either rent a tool cutter or get the tiles cut professionally. Finally, how much is your time worth? If you spend 200 hours on this project, that’s time you could be spending on other things. So, when you add it all up, a tile contractor is a better value. 
  • Better Protection For Yourself and Your Home – When talking about tile projects, it’s rarely as simple as gluing tiles to a surface. Whether it’s flooring, backsplashes, or wall tiles, you’ll likely have to remove the existing surface or sand it down to provide a better seal. So, if you’re not certified at the demolition and removal process, you could wind up hurting yourself by accident. Also, you could damage parts of your home along the way. Contractors are highly experienced, so they know how to get the job done without these dangers. 

Questions to Ask Tile Contractors

  • How Long Have You Been Doing Tile Work? – Usually, you’ll want to avoid a contractor who is still fresh in the industry. However, depending on their level of experience, fewer years on the job might not be a dealbreaker. 
  • Have You Worked With This Tile Before? – There’s a big difference between installing decorative tiles for a backsplash and large flooring tiles. Make sure that your contractor has done similar projects before and ask to see pictures of their work. 
  • What is Included With Your Estimate Price? – Many components can affect the final cost, including demolition, removal of old materials, sealing the area, and others. Ask for a detailed invoice, so you know what you’re being charged for before signing a contract. 
  • How Long Will This Project Take? – Although it can be tricky to provide an accurate estimate (problems and delays can occur during the job), your contractor should have a good idea of a realistic timeline. Also, be sure to ask which setbacks will inflate the price, and which ones won’t. For example, if the contractor can’t move forward because of a delay from the tile manufacturer, you shouldn’t be charged extra. Finally, your contractor should do a site inspection before giving you an estimate. If they don’t, you’ll likely be hit with higher fees or delays. 
  • What Guarantees Will I Have? Is There a Warranty on Your Work? – Contractors are supposed to guarantee the quality of their work, but you have to get the specifics in writing. For example, if a tile peels off a couple of weeks after installation, the contractor should repair that section for free. 
  • Can You Provide References? – The best way to ensure that you’re getting a high-quality contractor is to talk with people who’ve worked with that person before. You can ask the person different questions like, “how communicative were they?” “were they interruptive to your daily life?” Overall, you want to get a real sense of what to expect with this particular contractor. 

What to Expect When Tile Contractors Come to Your House

Once you’ve selected a contractor, you’ll need to know how the project will play out. While each job is different and unique, here are the typical steps required for installing new tiles. 

  • Site Inspection – Either the contractor or an estimator will come to the house to take measurements, look at potential obstacles, and inspect the existing surface. These details will help the contractor deliver a more accurate estimate and help him or her prepare for the job beforehand. 
  • Demolition and Debris Removal – In most cases, you’ll be removing old tile and replacing it with a new set. However, sometimes there will be a different material, such as hardwood or drywall. During this phase, the contractor’s team will section off that part of the house and lay drop cloths to catch debris. Depending on the size of the project, this step could take multiple days. 
  • Surface Cleaning and Preparation – To ensure a stronger bond between the tile and the grout, the subsurface has to be cleaned and smoothed out. Again, depending on the surface area, this phase could take several days to finish. 
  • Grouting and Installation – Once the surface is prepped, the contractor can start spreading the grout and laying the tile. During this phase, the team will need to cut and reshape tiles on the fly, so they’ll have to set up a cutting station outside. 
  • Post-Installation Settling – You’ll have to let the tiles set into the grout for a few days after installation. This way, they won’t peel or crack too easily. In most cases, the contractor will come back to inspect the tiles to ensure that they settled correctly and smooth out any imperfections. 

What Type of Training Do Tile Contractors Get?

Because tile installation can be such varied and complicated work, the best way to get trained is to apprentice with an experienced contractor. Typically, these apprenticeships will last between two and four years, depending on the program. During this time, new tile installers will start by doing smaller tasks and work their way up to the planning stage. This way, each installer has a good understanding of every individual step. Within each year, students must complete at least 144 hours of technical training (studying) and 2,000 hours of on-site training. 

From there, tile contractors can get certified from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. Although this certification is voluntary, most contractors do it to ensure confidence with their clients. There is also the Advanced Certification for Tile Installers (ACT) for those who want even more licensing. 

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