Tile is a timeless material that can add an elegant and sophisticated touch to any room in your home.
There are many different types of tile available on the market today, both for use on floors and walls. Tile comes in all shapes and sizes, so you’ll need to consider where you want it positioned before you buy it.
You will also need some basic tools for installation if you want to do the work yourself; these may include a level, T-square, pencils or chalk lines, masking tape measurers or levels (if not provided by the manufacturer), cutting tools such as a utility knife or scissors, adhesive such as tile mastic (some floor tiles require glue), grout sealer (optional) and paintable silicone (optional).
Installation can be a time-consuming task, and if you make a mistake it will prove costly. If you would like to save your pennies and do the work yourself (DIY), go right ahead and get cracking. But before you start grouting, there are some things that you should know first.
Make sure that your floor or wall is leveled perfectly; otherwise tiles of different shapes and sizes won’t line up properly, which means your end result will look messy (and may cause problems such as water seeping through). Also consider the type of adhesive that you need for your tile job; different types function differently on either floors or walls. This could mean making an extra trip back to the store to buy the correct adhesive.
If you prefer to hire a professional tiling company, this will be much simpler for you. You shouldn’t have to worry about levelling or calculations, as the professionals are trained in all types of tiling including wall tiles and mosaics.
The cost will also vary depending on your chosen tile size/type/quantity, type of flooring surface (e.g. concrete), level of expertise required for the job, and how long it takes them to complete the work (how efficiently they work).
The pros and cons of having a personal touch over hiring professionals:
Pros : Save money; Learn new skills; Gain satisfaction from completing a project yourself; Control your own results; Take an active role in designing your home
Cons : Time-consuming project; More mistakes, wastage and time spent fixing errors that you might have avoided if you left it to the pros; The choice of knowing that you have saved money but still compromising on quality
Pros : Save time; Most professionals are licensed, which ensures they are up to date with health & safety guidelines. They will also likely produce a better end result due to their trade knowledge and experience. You also won’t need to worry about choosing the correct adhesive or grout because they know what they’re doing
Cons : Expensive job – although this can vary depending on the type/size/quantity of tiles chosen, etc.; No control over results (although some companies do allow for a degree of customer input – e.g. choosing tiles, deciding on grout colour, etc.); Limited skillset after project is completed.
Overall, it depends on your needs and what you want to achieve from your tiling project as to whether DIY or hiring a professional is the better option. If you are short on time, money or both, then hiring a professional is definitely the best way to go.
However, if you are willing to put in the time and effort (and aren’t afraid of making mistakes), then DIY could be the right choice for you. Just make sure that you do your research first!