Trying to save money on some DIY tiling can seem like a good idea at the time, but the experience and expertise of professional tilers eliminates most mistakes many amateurs make, leaving you with a better quality finish in half the time.
Professional tilers are able to ensure the project is completed in the shortest possible time, plan and execute complicated layouts and follow best placement practices guaranteeing the longevity and look of your tiles for years to come. What are some more benefits of hiring a professional tiler? Let's take a look below.
1. Avoiding Costly Mistakes
Whether it's purchasing the wrong kind of tiles, inadequate waterproofing or incorrect tile placement, these kinds of tiling mistakes are going to cost you money in the short term, or worse, over the longer term. Professional tilers have the experience and knowledge to avoid these kinds of mistakes and set you on the right track preventing time and cost overruns and poor-quality finishes. Sometimes paying a little bit extra at the beginning pays off over the long run, especially when it comes to managing costs, time and quality.
2. Improved Tile Selection
You may think tiles are tiles right? Not necessarily. Aside from their different sizes and colours, tiles are made from various products, including porcelain, ceramic, granite, marble and more - each with its own pros and cons. Tiles also come in different thicknesses, which can help determine whether they are best suited to flooring or wall tiling. Some will be ideal for use with underfloor heating – others will be totally unsuitable. Certain tiles will show more wear as they age, while others won't. Natural stone tiles might need frequent sealing and specialist cleaning products, whereas porcelain tiles require minimal maintenance. All of these things and more need to be considered when choosing your tiles, and a professional tiler can point you in the right direction, helping you select the right tiles for the job.
3. Superior Quality Finishes
When it comes to tiling, having done it all before many, many times offers considerable benefits in the quality of the finish and end result. Professional tilers are able to ensure there are no discrepancies in the levelling or spacing of the tiles, all of the necessary prep work is done (e.g. floor levelling or overlay), grout is applied evenly without leaving residue, sealant is applied where necessary and in the correct manner, and proper care is taken to ensure the integrity of the underlying waterproofing. There is nothing worse than ending up with a final DIY finish that looks uncoordinated with poor workmanship – it will disappoint each time you use the bathroom and any potential buyers viewing the property.
4. Tilers Have Better Access To The Right Tools
Having the right tools is a good start, but having the best quality tools is what sets an average job apart from an excellent one! Anyone who has attempted their own DIY project will know your tools are a big part of how well you can complete the job. And while there are some cases where generic off-the-shelf brands will do the job, generally speaking, higher-value commercial-use tools are better designed to cope with the demands of the construction industry. A professional tile installer has the manpower and equipment to repair and install tiles properly.
5. Keeping Up With The Latest Tech And Trends
Professionals of any industry tend to naturally keep up with the latest technology allowing them to master their techniques and general practices, and tilers are no different. Professional tilers are constantly keeping up with the latest allowing them to complete your project as quickly and efficiently as possible. Because of the sheer number of jobs they complete over time, tile contractors are usually also up to date with current home tiling trends that will give your home a modern appearance that speaks to potential buyers and looks great!
6. Extensive Experience
Ongoing training, doing the job every day all day, and working with other tiling specialists in the field all contributes to the experience of a professional tiler. Plus, tilers are used to managing multiple tiling projects from start to finish. They have the knowledge and experience it takes to make the best use of the products, tools and equipment with very little wastage and error – not everyone can do so with minimal guidance or advice. Professional tilers are also able to provide valuable tips and guidance for maintaining your tiles to preserve their integrity for many years to come.
7. It's A Time Saver!
Tiling is a very time-consuming task, even for the professionals, so one of the most obvious benefits to hiring a professional tiler is that it saves you a lot of time. It can take several hours to complete even the smallest tiling jobs, let alone attempting complex layouts and larger-scale projects. What appears to be a fairly simple task can turn into a nightmare once you start the job. This could include anything from making the wrong cuts and breaking tiles to applying grout unevenly or leaving too much grout behind on the tile, these mistakes can quickly add up and cost you significant amounts of time and money.
8. Less Wastage
When you have a lot of experience in something, you often develop a greater efficiency at that task, which naturally results in significantly less wastage. For tiling, this could apply to less accidental breakages of tiles, better placement to maximise tile usage and more efficient use of grout, sealant, grout epoxy and tile adhesive. Generally speaking, inexperience and lack of proper equipment access are the two main reasons for tile wastage for DIYers because they lead to inaccurate measurements and making the wrong cuts.
9. Better Access To The Right Tile Products
Due to their bulk purchasing abilities and vast experience, professionals in the construction industry often have access to products and finishes which may not be available from general retailers. These products are often the preferred choice for professionals for their tried and tested reliability and superior long-term performance. This means you get better products often for around the same price (or less)!
10. Increased Efficiency
Bathrooms, kitchens and laundries may seem small in size, but when undergoing renovation, they can involve a number of separate building contractors, including builders, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, painters, tilers and licensed waterproofing specialists. Hiring professional tilers who are used to working in with other contractors and understand the time frame planning that goes into the renovation process means that everyone is on the same page and understands the expected timeframes and associated work that needs to be done and in what order. This can save you a huge amount of time that would otherwise be wasted waiting for the different tradies to turn up or underestimating how long the job will take and having to turn tradies away because you aren't ready for them.
11. It Is Less Expensive Than You Think!
You may believe that hiring a professional floor tiler is too costly. Professional tilers that do floor tile repairs and installs are reasonably priced. Working alone on the job might lead to mistakes, which can be pricey owing to the supplies required.
12. Able To Manage Budget Expectations
When receiving a quote from a professional tiler, you will be able to get a pretty accurate idea of what the job is going to cost you, guaranteeing that the project will be completed within the proposed budget. There are no surprises later on down the track, and you won't have to keep track of all of the bills as they add up. Plus, a tiler is an expert at assessing how many tiles are needed for the job, so you won't need to buy additional tiles at the last minute or end up purchasing too many tiles that go to waste.
13. Tackling Complex Layouts Is Easier
Tiling involves multiple mathematical calculations to ensure the whole layout is consistent and symmetrical in appearance. Complicated designs with diagonals or herringbone patterns can make this process a bit tricky for the DIYer, but tilers know how to execute even the most complicated layouts quickly and efficiently.
14. Clean Up Is All Done For You!
Tile installation jobs can and do create a bit of a mess, particularly if you need to remove old tiles or flooring in the process. Hiring professional tiling services means they will clean up after themselves and remove and dispose of any waste, dust and offcuts – you won't have to do anything except enjoy your new bathroom, kitchen or laundry!
Whether you are installing tiles in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry or other areas in your house, a professional tiler can do the job efficiently according to your specific needs. You may already have a vision of the results you want to achieve or need some guidance on what will work best – but getting a professional tiler on board will be the best thing you can do for your next renovation project!