Figure out a budget for the work and how the tile will be laid down before tackling tile installation. This ultimately affects a project’s price.
“You might not know this, but the kind of installation a flooring contractor does impacts on the overall price of the job. But, don’t shop your job by price alone. Find out what type of installation will be done. This affects the tile’s ability to stand up to wear and tear. So, ultimately, you need to know that there are three types of installation. It’s up to you to figure out which one will work for you,” said Dean Dupre who runs Champion Tile, a Clearwater Flooring, Tampa Flooring, and tile installation company.
The first type of install is referred to as mortar and wire reinforcement. Broken down, this means the contractor spreads mortar on the floor for a foundation. Mastic or glue is next, which makes the tiles stick to the mortar. This installation method takes longer that the other two methods and because of that, it is more expensive. The thing to remember is that while it may be expensive, this type of install produces a much more level and stable floor.
“Your other option would be mortarboard, which is usually classified as a mid-level option. It is almost the same as mortar and wire reinforcement, but the mortarboard is pre-cut. This saves time and money, but, ultimately, the tiles may crack where the sheetrock and framing meet,” Dupre said.
Some people opt to have the contractor stick the tiles directly to the floor with glue. This kind of installation goes very quickly and is really inexpensive. “As you might guess though, it’s risky, as it’s easier for the tiles to crack and break. Frankly, if the budget can handle it, your best install would be the mortar and wire reinforcement, but that is strictly a personal choice,” Dupre said.
Keep in mind that there are other costs to factor into a tile install job and one of the biggest considerations is how complex the job happens to be. If there are a lot of fiddly cuts and angles, this means extra time and extra money. The more intricate a design or pattern, the higher the price. The cheaper the installer, the higher the price paid later to fix any mistakes. “It’s a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to things you have to factor into a tile job, but if you take your time, choose wisely and ask an experienced contractor, your floor will do you proud,” Dupre said.
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