Researching Tilers is Crucial to Finding the Best One Mon 30 October 2017

There are many things to consider when undertaking any tiling project. Of course, your choice of tiles is paramount, with so many styles and effects available – from natural stone to porcelain tiles, with stone-effect in between. But, choosing the right tiler for your project is equally as important.

Of course, price is important when you’re choosing a tiler, but don’t let this be a compromise on quality – doing your homework is the best way to ensure you get the best possible local tiler, for the right price.

A professional tiler installing porcelain floor tiles

Speak to suppliers

As well as being a retailer, at Flagstones Direct we also supply directly to tile contractors. This means we work regularly with experienced and professional tilers. If you are local to us here in the Cotswolds, we may be able to recommend local tilers who have the skills to undertake your project with the care and attention it deserves. We’re more than happy to talk to you at any time about your tiles, flooring or interior project.

Ask for recommendations

Installing hexagonal decorative porcelain floor tiles

You might know someone who’s recently had some tiling done and can make a recommendation for a tiling contractor. Word of mouth is a good way to choose a tiler, particularly if you know the person well – and you may even be able to view the work for yourself. Just remember, however, that because one person is pleased with a tiler’s work, it doesn’t always follow suit that you will be. So, it’s still worth doing further research on their recommendation.

Don’t settle for the first tiler you speak to

Even if they tick all the boxes, don’t be tempted to go with the first tiling contractor you come across. It really is worth spending the time researching at least two or three others – you want to be completely sure you’ll be getting the highest quality work at the best price. Be thorough when questioning them to make sure you’ve covered everything you need to know. Don’t ever worry about coming across as ‘picky’.

It is also important to understand the tilers experience with different materials.  Natural stone tiles are a very different beast to porcelain and ceramic tiles and it is important to engage a tiler who has the relevant skills and experience to install your choice of floor or wall tile material.  A tiler who specialises in, or regularly installs, natural stone tiles will be acquainted with the characteristics of the material and the correct process for laying stone which contrasts with the requirements for laying porcelain tiles produced in a factory.

Natural stone flooring such as in this kitchen by The Shaker Kitchen company takes care and experience to install correctly

Research, reviews and references

You should be able to find out a lot about tilers if you have a look online. A professional tiler should at the very least have a presence on social media, if not their own website. Have a look at previous projects, look for reviews from past customers and never be afraid to ask for references – a professional tiler should always be willing to supply references and may even have a portfolio of work you can view.

We’re always happy to offer our recommendations for local tilers – feel free to visit our Cirencester showroom and have a chat with us. You can also see our extensive tile collection, including fabulous natural stone tiles, porcelain tiles and stone-effect tiles.

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