Tiling: DIY or Go Pro?

If you want to tackle a renovation job like tiling your kitchen or bathroom, take the time to research the best types of tiling for the job and evaluate your own skill level for the task. Some tiles essentially require a professional to handle them, so make sure you know your own limitations, especially with expensive materials.
Hiring a professional can actually save you time and money. In addition, the work will be completed with minimal mess, uncracked tiles and well-applied grouting. You will be able to use your newly tiled room a lot sooner; pros lay the tiles right the first time.

Ask for a quote and an estimate of how long the project is expected to take. Professional tilers should be able to estimate the number of tiles needed and the amount of labor that will be involved. They will be able to source the right kind of tiles and grouting for you, including extra materials to protect themselves from delays from cracked or broken tiles.

There’s also nothing wrong with doing it yourself. Tiling on your own can be a lot of fun. Make sure you study the techniques you’ll need to make the job looks good when it’s done. Many DIYers, for example, forget about adding in a number of extra tiles to take care of the smaller pieces needed for the corners of a room and awkward spots that require handcutting.

Usually, it makes more sense to hire a tiling expert unless you enjoy the actual assembly process. Whichever you choose, your floor will look beautiful with a little planning.

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