So, you’ve decided to remodel the bathroom. Congratulations – a bathroom renovation is one of the most popular ways to add resale value to a home.
From an electrician to a plumber and carpenter, there will be many different professional specialists involved with a bathroom renovation. One of the most important components in the overall look of the finished room is the bathroom tile, especially if you’ve chosen a complicated pattern or different tile sizes.
Hiring the Right Bathroom Tile Installer Is Essential
Professional tile installers have a highly specific skill set. They must be able to expertly execute small and challenging tile cuts, such as sharp angles or rounded edges, and prepare a subfloor that will hold up under the traffic, damp conditions, and overall wear and tear a bathroom floor experiences over time.
Tile installers must also be precise – in bathroom tile installation, one slightly misplaced tile can end up throwing off the whole project, and tile installation mistakes aren’t easy to cover up.
Getting Your Dream-Come-True Space
Any bathroom renovation project comes with a series of decisions. What style of sink do you want? What mood do you want to create with the lighting? And since bathroom tile is often not just on the floor but also on the walls, tile can be the element that ties everything else together. If it’s worth the time to choose just the right tile colors and materials, it’s even more worthwhile to hire someone who can install everything properly.
A tile installer is responsible for translating your vision into reality. You want someone who has the experience and knowledge necessary to install tile correctly, with the attention to detail to ensure the final installation not only looks as good as you envisioned, but performs as it should long after the installer has put the finishing touches on the project.
Do you know what to look for when hiring someone to tackle your tiling project? Unless you also happen to be involved in the tile installation business – and we’re betting you’re not, since you’re reading this article – it can be difficult to know how to evaluate an installer’s knowledge and experience. Here are some tips.
What to Look for When Hiring a Tile Installer
To determine the skill level of the person you are considering for your tile project, look for a company that’s been in business at least five years – within that time, they should have plenty of projects under their belt and have acquired all the necessary specialty equipment to perform a tiling project of any size or scope.
Don’t forget to ask a few key questions:
- How long will the project take?
- How much tile do you need?
- How many people will be working on the project?
- Have you worked on projects like this before?
Ask to see a portfolio of completed projects. Tiles should be consistently spaced, with perfectly straight grout lines. Scrutinize windows, doors, and corners – these areas tend to be complicated to work around, and should be a good indication of the tile installer’s skill and technique. If you see large gaps, uneven grout lines or any ill-fitting tile, look for a different installer.
Double J’s Installations Inc. has served Flagstaff and Northern Arizona since 2003. Contact us to ask how we can put our experience to work to create the perfect tiling project in your home or business.