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Hiring a tradesman to tile my kitchen
Tiles are a popular choice for kitchen walls and floors, and it isn’t hard to see why: they are hard wearing, water resistant and there are enough choices to satisfy anyone’s decorative palette. However, tiling is a tricky and tedious job, and poorly done work will be easy to spot! For a fully satisfying end result, it is best to hire an experienced tiling professional.
Finding the ideal professional can be a chore, and you may find it difficult to find someone reliable. You can make your search quicker, safer and stress free through Plentific. The Plentific website can quickly generate a bespoke contact list of tradesmen in your local area that offer the skills you need, and each will have a Plentific profile where you can view their qualifications, experience and customer reviews. Managing projects and messaging Pros is simple from the Plentific Dashboard, while the Plentific Wallet will allow you to make bookings and payments with complete security. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee. Whatever help you might need, Plentific can help you find your ideal hire.
What do I need to know about kitchen tiling?
While tiling may not seem like a complex job, poorly done tiling can cause a lot of problems. Aesthetically, a poorly done job will show through, and incorrectly placed tiles may not be water resistant. A professional tiler will also be able to do the job much more quickly and efficiently, and will often be able to provide a guarantee for their work. Another advantage of hiring a professional tiler is that they will be able to give you advice on finding tiles that suit your kitchen’s design and decorations.
Think about where you will want your kitchen tiles. It is good to fit a splashback area on the wall behind your stove and worktops in order to protect your wall from fluids. Tiles have the advantage of being simple to clean, making them a good choice for placement here. You may also want to have tiled worktops! Many kitchens also have tiled floors. Your quote will depend on the size of the area that you want tiled, as this will influence labour and material costs.
The cost of a kitchen tiling job will depend on the specifics, such as room size, tile placement and material cost. It is usually advised to buy an extra 10-20% of tiles, as some may break when work is underway. Installing splashback tiles around a kitchen counter could cost anything between £150 and £500, depending on your kitchen and your location in the UK, while a floor tiling job may cost around £400. Collect several quotes to compare, and be prepared to buy the materials yourself if this would save you money. You could also save on your quote by doing certain jobs yourself, such as waste removal, so ask for a price breakdown when given a quote.
It is important to check the background of your potential hires. A professional tiler will usually have completed an apprenticeship or industry equivalent, and will have several years of experience. For for reviews from their previous clientele; this is a great indicator of their professionalism and the quality of their work. Plus, if they are hesitant to provide reviews, you will know they are a tradesman to avoid! A great indicator of a tiler’s quality is if they belong to a national organisation, such as The Tile Association (TTA). These groups have high standards for quality and professionalism that members have to meet with every job. Your final shire should have active public liability insurance, as well as a guarantee for their work.