Renovate a Bathroom with Tiles
If you have decided to take the leap and tile your bathroom you are making a great decision. Tile can increase the value of your home, it is easy to clean and it provides a fresh, updated look. But what exactly does it cost to tile a bathroom?
If you already have tiles in your bathroom that need to be removed, that will add to the cost of the work. You will also need to factor in a waterproof membrane that will be installed on the floor, before the tile. And then there is the cost of the tile you choose. Large tiles sometimes look better in a small space. If you choose large tiles the installation crew may have to make more cuts in the tiles around the edges and this can also add to the cost.
Hourly Rate or By the Job?
Some installation professionals charge by the hour while others charge by the job. Always try to get quotes by the job so you know exactly what you are in for. An hourly estimate can go drastically wrong if any issues are encountered. Always get multiple estimates to ensure you are getting the best deal and make sure you have your tile picked out prior to getting estimates. The installation company will be able to give you a more accurate quote if they know exactly what they are dealing with.
What Do Professional Installers Do?
Tile installation requires a lot more than installing tile! Before the tiles can be laid the installer may have to do; tile removal, surface preparation/laying waterproof material and leveling or sloping of floor surfaces and cutting the tiles. After the tile is installed there is; grouting, sealing and polishing. There’s a lot more to it than just laying tile.
Professional installation companies should be able to give ‘general estimates’ fairly easily. They know what the typical cost is for standard sized bathroom walls verses the floors. But if you want an accurate estimate you have to first choose your tile and then have a person physically come into your home to measure and make decisions regarding underlayment, old tile removal and items they may have to work around like toilets or sinks. If you will be requesting the tiles to be laid in patterns or if your project requires more than one size of tile or if it contains edging, tell the installer when they are creating the quote.
The tile installation company you choose is important. Make sure you question them on;
•Years of experience
•Samples or work you can physically see
Who Not to Hire
Any company that resents being asked questions regarding their background isn’t worth hiring. It’s worth it to pay more money and hire a company that has a good reputation. These people will be in your home, it’s important that there is a trust factor present.