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5 Things You Should Not Do When Choosing a Tile Contractor to Redo Your Kitchen


The thing with retiling your kitchen is that it does not take a lot to ruin the entire look of it if you get it wrong.  A single misplaced tile can ruin the entire project. Tile installing mistakes are very hard to undo and fixing a mistake usually entails starting again from scratch, which can be a pretty costly mistake to make.

That is why hiring a professional tiling contractor can be a great idea. But, even when you are seeking professional help, it is important that you consider all the factors mentioned below before you settle on one to get the job done.

Here are 5 things that you should keep in mind if you are looking out for a good tiling contractor:

Think Twice before Accepting Offers or Quotes from Non-Experts

It’s always nice to know a trustworthy and capable carpenter who can handle small portions of your home improvement projects. But, hiring carpenters for retiling projects are a strict no-no. Look for a minimum of three years of experience (not to mention a proven track record) when selecting a contractor to handle the retiling of your kitchen.

Do Not be Under the Assumption That Big Retail Stores know Good Tiling Contractors

Big retail establishments are in constant contact with customers like you. But, while you can consider them as a one stop shop for all the materials you need to redo your kitchen, it would be foolish to assume that they will be the well versed with the latest tile installation techniques or know the people who possess the requisite expertise. Therefore, it is important to look for professionals with greater experience like interior designers, contractors or architects to retile your kitchen. Not only will they possess the required know how, they will also be in contact with certified installers. Tiling contractors are usually best suited to handle large scale kitchen retiling projects.

Conduct Due Diligence And Make Sure That Your Contractors Have The Necessary License And Insurance

Before hiring a contractor make sure that they possess the requisite license, certifications and insurance. The tiling team you employ should be trained to the NVQ level and also hold a construction skills certificate. Additionally, the contractor or firm you have hired to handle the retiling project should have full public liability insurance.

Ask The Following Questions To Any Contractor You Are Considering Hiring

Before you hire a contractor, ensure that you get answers to the following questions:
·         How long will it take to retile your kitchen?
·         How much tile will you require to handle the project?
·         How many people will be needed to complete the project?
·         Have you undertaken similar projects before?

Do Proper Research Before Finalising A Contractor

As the popular saying goes ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. So make sure that you see pictures of completed projects of the contractor before you choose them. By looking closely at these pictures it will be possible for you to tell the difference between a good contractor and a great contractor. In particular look out for perfectly straight gout lines and evenly spaced tiles. Also, ensure that the tile layout is uniform and that any cut tiles are of the same size even if they are located at opposite ends of a room.

Are you still undecided on whether or not you want to tile your kitchen? Here are some benefits of retiling your kitchen:
  •      Health: The kitchen is where you keep the food and seeing as you are going to eat that food at some point, it is absolutely vital that your kitchen is kept clean and germ free, especially if there are children in the house. Along with the kitchen tops, it is also important to regularly clean the floor of your kitchen. In such a scenario using tiles can be very beneficial as it is possibly the easiest surface to clean. Also, it is a non-flammable option as opposed to wood which also makes it the safer option.

  •    Return on investment:  Tiles are extremely durable, so if you tile your kitchen you can be assured of the fact that they will last for a long period of time which easily guarantees you an excellent return on investment. Also, you can choose various cost effective tiles that are also extremely durable depending on your budget. Generally, the more stylish options tend to bump up the value of your residence if you are redecorating to sell off the property.

  •     Performance: When choosing a tile keep in mind that you select one that gives your kitchen a hard wearing base. Your Kitchen is usually the one room in your house that experiences the most foot traffic. This means that there will also be a great possibility for accidents such as spills or dropped kitchenware. So, it is important that the tiling in the kitchen is very durable and to that effect it is best to stay away from cheap thin tiles when retiling your kitchen.

  • Maintenance: There can be many stylish options to choose from when redecorating your kitchen. But while your kitchen should look stylish it is also important to ensure that you choose an option that would be easier to maintain. For example, wood can really enhance the style quotient of your kitchen but it also requires a lot more care and attention. Tiles on the other hand are easier to clean and maintain when compared to wood as just a mop can assist you in keeping them in perfect shape. Cleaning your kitchen can turn out to be a nightmarish experience if you have opted for wood. 
  •      Long lasting: It is important to not underestimate the importance of durability when deciding on how you are going to redecorate your kitchen. It can be very tempting to choose from the latest trends or to select an option that prioritises the style of your kitchen, but you should not forget that the kitchen experiences the highest foot traffic in your house. Choosing durable tiles will ensure that your kitchen looks up to date for many years. The long lasting nature of tiles also means that you don’t have to think of redecorating your kitchen again for a long time.


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