Find A Reliable Tiling Contractor For A Bathroom Renovation
Finding the right tiling contractor for your bathroom or kitchen renovation is not easy, so we offer some tips on the best way to go about this.
When you are renovating a bathroom or giving an old bathroom a remodel there are two things to consider: Firstly, you need to source the perfect tiles for your renovation, not only does that involve looks, but also finish (matt or gloss), shape and size.
The second most important thing is to find a reputable and highly skilled tiler. There's no point in forking out for expensive tiles if they are going to be poorly slapped on walls or floors. Not what you want for your expensive tiles. Poor installation can only spell disaster for your renovation project and you could end up with problems down the line.
I have seen and heard of expensive tiles poorly installed where the homeowner was so frustrated she had to hire someone else to re-do the project from scratch, which resulted in the purchase of tiles and double the cost of labour. If you want to avoid this at all costs, make sure you get the right tiler to do the job for you. But how exactly would you know if he is a good one? Here are some tips to help you find a highly skilled one.
BASE EXPERIENCE ON JOBS COMPLETED
Nowadays, there are all sorts of floor and wall tiles and they differ by material, finish, shape and size, depending on the tile. Not all tiling projects are simple and many can end up being complicated simply by the design and required layout.
Larger tiles, hexagon shapes and patterns take more time to layout and require a certain level of experience. Curved and sharp-angled tiles also entail a lot of extra work. Not including the fact that there are tiles that form a design when put together. Some tiles are also more fragile to work with, such as glass and thin tiles and these are more prone to cracks due to misuse and poor installation. A reliable and experienced tiler knows how to work around tiling with outlets, soap, and tissue holders. He knows how to utilize the designs to form them in a neat and striking manner.
A skilled tiler should be able to deal with any type of tile, know how to cut and layout any shape or size of tile. Trust me, there are plenty of tilers out there who cannot even cut them straight!
WHERE TO FIND A SKILLED TILER
If you are using the services of a contractor for your bathroom renovation, they should be able to recommend a skilled tiler. But if you are managing the renovation yourself, you need to find one. One way is to ask around your relatives and friends who may be able to refer you to a good tiler they have worked with. Referral is one of the best ways to find a good tiler. You can even easily check the output they have done. Just go to the house of your friend or relative to see how they did it. If you are happy with how they did it, hire them immediately.
If you are unable to obtain referrals, you can always search online. There are companies who have a pool of workers they can call upon and who base their reputation on the recommendations they received - good or bad. Searching in this way will offer you a bit more peace and mind, especially if there are reviews on previous work performed.
GETTING THE JOB DONE PROPERLY
After a pre-screening process, either via referrals or online reviews, the next step is to set up a face-to-face interview. Ask the tiler for details regarding their experience, how many years have they been in operation, previous jobs completed and do they generally specialise is residential or commercial projects or both?
Request pictures of their previous projects, if they have, as this is the best way to see sample works to check quality. If, after the interview, you are satisfied with their experience, ask for a quotation on the work you want to be done. They should provide a detailed quotation based on what you both agree on. This is to protect you both in case of disagreements.
Discuss and agree if this is a contract job or you pay the tiler daily, which must be determined at the onset. A contract job can initially seem more expensive, but in this case, the tiler will do his job within an agreed timeframe. A tiler paid on a daily basis may seem cheaper, but a shrewd tiler may extend the work to have more income.