Why do I need a tiler?
As tempting as it may be to do-it-yourself or give-it-a go, tiling can be harder than it looks to get right and very costly if you get it wrong.
Professional tilers who have sat an apprenticeship have been supervised for 2-3 years and master the use of materials like ceramics, stone, glass, marble and terracotta. They cover walls, floors and surfaces in entrance ways, bathrooms, kitchens, living areas, patios, fireplaces and swimming pools.
If the job is only small, then just a single tiler is needed. However, with larger projects, for example tiling commercial premises or laying swimming pool tiles, a group of tilers will be needed.
You may find that not all tilers are trained in all aspects of tiling. Some will only have experience in domestic situations whereas others only do commercial.
Professional tilers often have long and extensive training that allows them to be able to perform all parts in the tile laying process
- First, they will measure the area so that they can calculate how many tiles will be needed and how much and what type of adhesive and accessories will be needed to complete the job. Any mistakes made at this stage will cost the tiler so they need to make sure they calculate accurately.
- Hand tools or machinery will be used to cut all the tiles need to the correct size and shape. The tiler will do this. It is vital that this is done correctly.
- The tiles will then be laid out in the designated areas as a pre-check that all calculations and cuttings have been done correctly, and that the tiles will fit in place.
- If the area requires any restoration work then the tiler will remove or repair the surfaces before proceeding.
- An adhesive (this may be ready-mixed or the tiler may make it himself or herself using sand and cement) is then used to level out the surface, and will also fix the tiles in place.
- When the adhesive has partly dried the tiler will then place the tiles. The tiler uses plastic crosses between the tiles to ensure that the tiles are equidistance apart and to make sure that they do not move out of place while the adhesive is setting.
- The adhesive make take several hours to completely dry. Once dry, the tiler will use a grout to fill in the spaces between the tiles.
- The tiles then get washed to make sure that no adhesive or grout has left any marks.
- You get to sit back and enjoy your new feature.
Some types of tiles available
Travertine is a type of limestone that is a by product of hot springs from all over the world. At formation, the minerals in travertine are mixed giving each collection unique patterns and character, perfect for a one-of-a-kind travertine floor for your home.
Marble is a highly durable stone that exists in almost every colour due to the variability of component minerals. Marble tile can have multiple finishes from polished to honed and brushed to tumbled, this classic floor tile is fit for any room in your home.
Slate is a metamorphic rock found across the globe. A rich colour palette that ranges from copper to red, navy to sage and tan to black. This fine grained floor tile can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Ceramic tile is manufactured through the process of heating and cooling natural clay and minerals. To achieve the desired look and feel, ceramic floor tiles come in a wide array of colors, sizes, shapes, textures, and finishes.
Porcelain is manufactured tile from natural clay. Porcelain tile is created by heating more refined clay to higher temperatures creating a denser floor tile that can be used indoors and outdoors. Available in a variety of textures, colors and sizes making it a perfect choice for any style.
- Faux wood
The fastest growing category in tile comes in both ceramic and porcelain. This wood like tile mimics the warmth and feel of natural wood but is much easier to maintain and more durable than natural wood.
Quartzite is a metamorphic rock with a natural, yet elegant appearance. It comes in many different colors and textures. Tremendously durable and versatile, it is suitable for both commercial and residential applications and can be used indoors or out.
Granite is an igneous rock; a result of the cooling and solidification of lava or magma. Granite floor tile is distinguished by its small flecks at the surface yet varies in its richness of color and visual depth, making each stone a masterpiece of nature.
- Stone and Pebbles
Pebble and Stone Mosaic tile bring the beauty of nature indoors. The natural tones and unique shape of each floor tile can provide character to a shower or powder room floor.
Onyx is a softer stone and has a transparent quality that doesn’t exist in any other stone. Onyx tile is best suited for indoor floors, counter tops, and in medium to light traffic areas.