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Natural Stone & Porcelain Tile Help & Advice

How can I find a professional installer?

Whether you’re replacing your kitchen floor tiles, or tackling a complete bathroom renovation project, getting a professional tiler involved at the earliest opportunity will increase the likelihood of a successful installation.

Ahead of sourcing your tiles, it’s a good idea to invite tilers to view and discuss your project. This meeting should open up a two-way conversation, allowing you to question the tiler on his skills and experience and for the tiler to fully understand your design plans.

At this initial meeting you should inform the tiler of the tile type, size and material you’re considering and we would expect him to discuss suitability of the tile for the room and any highlight any issue with the products you’re considering. For example, if you’re planning to fix natural stone bathroom tiles it’s probable that the wall will require reinforcing to cope with the weight of tiles.

Six Golden Rules Of Hiring A Tiler

  1. Obtain three quotes: Ideally the tilers you invite to quote should be recommendations from friends or family, or a via a builder/tradesman you’ve previously used. Obtaining more than one quote will enable you to compare prices and what you’re going to get for your money, and as importantly you should get lots of good advice.
  2. Get a detailed quote: This should include labour costs, materials costs, who clears any rubbish, timescales (including any time the room will be out of action), payment terms, anything you’re expected to do (eg. clear the room), details of the tiling (ie tile tray to ceiling in shower area and window height on all other walls)
  3. See examples of previous work: A tiler should present a portfolio of their work, in particular projects which are similar in design and layout to the yours.
  4. Insurance: Any tradesman that enters your house is obliged to have liability insurance which covers personal injury and to damage to property – ask to see an up-to-date document.
  5. Are your tiles on site? It bemuses me the number of customers who book a tiler to start on a specific date even if the tiles aren’t on site. Allow enough time from placing your tile order, receiving the tiles on site and rectifying any issues with the order.
  6. Design layout: Take time to discuss and confirm with the tiler that they can achieve the design layout you expect and set out the tiles. 'Setting out' is a dry run to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing layout, whilst minimising waste. For example, when installing bathroom walls tiles, unless your walls are perfectly straight don't start in the corner, the best option is to start in the middle, but adjustments may be required to make sure you aren't left with 'slithers' at the end of wall. Kitchen floor tiles should be laid so that where possible full tiles are in doorways, but again adjustments on layout may be needed ensure tiles fit neatly under plinths.

Costs

There are considerable variations in what tilers charge to fix tiles based on the type of tile, surface preparation, whether it's a kitchen floor or bathroom project, and the unique challenges of each room. You can expect to pay between £25 and £40 per square meter – prices tend to be lower for fixing porcelain kitchen floor tiles than for fixing natural marble stone tiles.

Stonestore can offer help and advice on all aspects of natural stone and porcelain tile installation, although we don’t recommend any particular tile fixer. Feel free to call and discuss your project with us, even if you haven’t ordered anything yet.

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