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Hiring a tradesman for mosaic, ceramic or porcelain tiling
The right tiles can really complete a room and add value to your home. There is a lot of choice, not just in terms of materials but also patterns, but whatever your preference it is important to have the tiling done by a professional. The Plentific website can generate a bespoke list of the best tradesmen in your local area that offer the services you need. With quick access to customer reviews and ratings for each of your choices, you will be able to compare them quickly and make your final hire with confidence.
What do you need to know about mosaic, ceramic or porcelain tiling?
Different tiling choices carry different advantages and costs, so it is important to consider your options carefully and not just in terms of how they look. Mosaic tiles can be cheaper, but are very time consuming to install, and so a tiling job with mosaics can easily cost up to £100 per square meter. Ceramic tiles are cheap and easy to cut, to the extent that ‘average’ costs of tiling rooms are usually calculated with ceramics in mind. You should expect to pay £10 to £25 per square meter for ceramics. Porcelain tiles are extremely hard; they are difficult for tradesmen to cut and usually require specialist adhesives. Having a room tiled with porcelain may cost around £30 per square meter.
Many property owners elect to purchase tiles themselves, before asking a tradesman for a quote for installation alone. Although this can sometimes save money, you should be aware that prep work may also be necessary; smaller tiles, mosaics especially, require surfaces to be as flat as possible. Prices will also vary depending on your location in the UK.
Before making a decision on who to hire it is important to go over the qualifications and experience of your options. They may have completed apprenticeships or training courses in tiling, or they may be part of a national tradesmens’ organisation such as The Tile Association. This is a good sign, as such groups usually enforce high standards and codes of conduct for their members. A tradesman will usually be able to provide pictures of previously completed jobs, as well as client reviews. Your final choice should also be adequately covered against accidental damage and liabilities before starting work.