“Do you know a good tiler?” is often a question we are asked by our clients and customers, so we thought we’d list a few pointers to help you find the right person to deliver the fantastic result that your tiles deserve.
Firstly, and most importantly, tiling is a profession in its own right, so if your plumber or general builder claim they can carry out your tiling, we would advise asking a few key questions to establish their credentials.
To start with, show them your tile sample and ask if they have installed anything like it before. This is particularly important when it’s a natural product like marble, stone or terracotta, any of our glass tiles, one of our stunning mosaics, or the tile has a crackle glaze finish like our Metro Deco. Previous experience with a product makes a huge difference, as badly cut tiles or incorrect sealing/grouting can ruin the final look.
If they have not worked with the above, then start searching for a local professional tiler. As with any trade, your local tiler’s experience and skills will vary, so again ask if they have installed a product similar to yours before and ask to see a portfolio of their previous work, as all good tilers will have one of these.
Once you have settled on your chosen tiler, there are a few things you might want to prepare for the discussion when they come to price for the work:
We recommend that our tiles are cut using a high-speed water-cooled tile cutter with an unslotted diamond blade. This may sound like specialist equipment, but they are standard kit for good tilers and whilst some very experienced tilers can use dry cutters and grinder, and then file down the tile to the desired finish, generally speaking wet cutters provide a quick and clean cut. So check if your tiler knows the best way to cut your tile.
For an example of professional and skilled tilers at work, then Ken and his team at Huds Tiling aim to educate tilers and customers alike on how to achieve an excellent finish and avoid poor installation methods, so please take a look at their informative and fun reels at Huds Tiling Instagram
Ultimately, we want both you and your tiler to get it right first time. Taking time to discuss your expectations with your tiler, and for them to establish the best way to achieve that expectation before they start work will help you avoid difficult conversations, costly mistakes and unnecessary delays to your project.