FIND SOMEONE WITH EXPERIENCE
It may seem alluring to hire a handyman or install tile on your own, but hiring an expert with years’ worth of experience is a much smarter move for many reasons. Look for a contractor that has a proven record in both wall and floor tile installation.
TALK TO THE PROFESSIONALS
When shopping for tile, take advantage of the wealth of knowledge that contractors, designers, architects, and showroom salespeople have.
If your contractor does not specialize in commercial work, consider talking to a commercial contractor as well. The majority of tile sold in the U.S. is installed into commercial buildings—they are some of the most experienced professionals when it comes to tile installation.
ASK THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
By asking the right questions, you learn a lot about prospective tile installers. Remember to ask these four essential questions:
1. What is the estimated time it will take to complete the project?
2. How many tiles will be needed?
3. What types of project have they worked on before (large format tile, a particular look, etc.)
4. How many people will be working on the project?
ASK TO SEE PICTURES OF PRIOR PROJECTS
Ask your prospective contractor to see pictures of completed projects. By doing so, you can tell the difference between a good installer from a great one.
The tiles should have perfectly straight grout lines and even spacing. Make sure that cut tiles are the same size, even if they are on opposite ends of the room. Remember to pay attention to windows, doors, and corners, as these are the most difficult places to work around and are a great indication of the contractor’s skill level. Avoid unacceptable work such as too much grout, significant gaps, or any ill-fitting tiles.
Tile mistakes are difficult to cover up and will end up being very costly. It often requires ripping up the floor and starting all over. Hiring a professional installer will help you avoid these expensive mistakes.
LEARN FROM OTHERS’ EXPERIENCES
When researching a potential contractor, ask for customer testimonials and search for online reviews. By following up with references, you can get a better feel for the installer’s expertise and reputation.
THE VALUE OF ORGANIZATION
Tile installation requires superior organization. An installer must work efficiently because grout, adhesives, and mortars dry quickly, and disorganization can quickly cause problems.
GET IT IN WRITING
After completing your research and once you have chosen a contractor, ask for a bid in writing. You’ll get an accurate estimate and show your installer that you are serious about a job well done.
A great contractor is never wary of guaranteeing his or her work. Ask for a written guarantee that the work will be free from leaks and other issues.
LET YOUR CONTRACTOR PURCHASE THE TILE
Your contractor will have the expertise and will understand the ratings and technicalities required for your tile installation, so let them handle the purchase of the tile. If your contractor is reluctant to purchase the tile themselves, recognize that as a red flag.
Professionalism is the hallmark of a great business. You should hire someone who will be professional through the duration of the project and finishes on time. When meeting with potential contractors, consider the way they speak and interact with you. That gives you insight into how your project will be handled.
Avoid what can quickly become a DIY disaster and hire a professional contractor. Ensure they will see your project to completion with total satisfaction. If you are preparing or ready for a tile installation project, contact us today for a free quote!