Whether you’re renovating your kitchen, remodelling your bathroom, or just decorating a walled area in your home, choosing a tiler who does quality work is key for a successful result. This guide from, SEQ Tiling, an experienced Brisbane-based commercial tiler, will show you how to find, qualify, and choose the right tiler for your job.
What does a tiler do?
It’s a tilers job to cover surfaces with tiles. They do this in several places although the most common areas are bathrooms, kitchens, restaurants, shops, and hotels. Some tilers do specialist jobs such as mosaic patterns, swimming pools, and outdoor tiling in gardens. Do ask what their specialists are.
1. Asking friends and family
Every time you make a recommendation to someone your reputation is on the line. The person you suggest needs to do a good job. Otherwise, it will make you look bad to the person asking for a recommendation. So, this ensures you only recommend the best person you know for the job.
You can use this knowledge to your advantage. It’s why you should ask your friends and family for recommendations. If your friends and family are willing to recommend someone to you then they must be good (or at least proficient) otherwise, they will betray your trust. So, this increases the chance of finding a good tiling contractor.
You will also have the advantage of asking your friends and family about the tiler’s previous work. You’ll be able to get a better idea of the quote they will provide, the quality of their work, and on average how long they will take to complete a job.
2. Trolling for tilers
If asking your friends and family didn’t turn up any results, the next thing is to start looking for tilers yourself. Some common advice you might have heard before would be to find contractors who visit retail tile stores. Though this could work, it actually isn’t the best way to find the best contractors.
The pros are found at tile supply stores who specialize in serving contractors. These people will likely know the contractors that produce premium quality work. Another thing to consider is hiring a commercial contractor who is willing to do a residential job. You never know, they might be going through a slow period and might decide to pick up a residential job to keep themselves going.
Now that you have a list of potential contractors, it’s time to start sifting through the list to find the right one for your tiling job. You’ll need to check things such as current insurance, length of time, and a track record of quality work. Perhaps you might ask for references and insist on inspecting a previous installation too.
3. Spotting quality
So, how do you identify a quality contractor from a group of others? First, check the joints for consistent spacing. Also, the grout lines should be straight. Remember, tiles are all the same size so there shouldn’t be inconsistencies.
Second, the tile layout should be balanced. Other things to inspect are the corners, windows, and doorways. These will give you an indication of the tiler’s skill because custom cutting at these locations is challenging.
Third, is how clean and neat is tiler. Check for water stains or splashed grout on the walls and wood. Ask the homeowner about the cleanliness of the tiler: if they were neat and cleaned up outside.
Finally, ask if the tiler fixed any tile leaks or grout cracks without charging you extra. It will give you an idea about their willingness to go the extra distance to meet your needs.
A Must: Questions to Ask
So, now you have a shortlist of tilers you are interested in working with. It’s time to ask them to give you a quote for the work. Here are some questions you can ask to help you with the process.
- How long will the job take?
It can be inconvenient to have your bathroom or kitchen out of commission for extended periods of time. Especially, if you have a large family. So, ask them to give you an estimate on how long it will take to complete the job, including the weekend days. Also, ask if they will be working on your project for the entire duration so that it will be completed faster.
- How soon can they start?
Although a busy tiler is a good sign of their skills, it would be pointless if they aren’t able to start your job for several months. Ask for an exact date for when they can begin work on your job.
- What will be covered in the quote?
This is a good place to find out how much do tilers charge. You can find out how much does a tiler charge per square metre and their average tile cost.
You’ll also need to find out if you will supply the tiles and equipment or will they supply themselves? Will this cost extra?
Find out if they have a guarantee on their workmanship. Finally, ask about the payment terms. Upfront payment or paid on completion?
Find The Right Tiler And Ask The Right Questions
You now have everything you need to know to find, qualify and choose the right tiler for your job. Now you can start your tiling project and redecorate your home the way you desire.