Tiles have been and always will be an extremely popular choice when it comes to finishing your flooring and walls. They make an extremely boring area transform into something that’s rich in color, pattern, and charm. Tile also helps in creating a “story” for any room, but with so many options, designs, patterns, sizes, textures, and finishes to choose from, where do you start?
Once you have your tile picked out, who will install it? Many homeowners and businesses think that tile installation is easy, but we’ve been professionally installing tile for years and we’ve seen many DIY installs go bad. Laying down tile takes a lot of preparation and patience with mortar. If you’re looking to have your tile professionally installed by a local, reliable, and reputable company, reach out to us today for a 100% free estimate. We install tile throughout Denver and the surrounding cities.
Relationships and excellent workmanship is what our company is all about. Those two pillars are what keep this company going day-in and day-out. As a company, we believe that doing right by our customers is critical and should be the priority of everything we do. If it’s not in the best interest of our customers, then we don’t do it.
There have been times when we’ve made honest mistakes, and as painful as it was, we were honest with our customers and communicated the issue, but we’ve never covered up an error or made excuses – it’s just not the way we operate. We believe that customers appreciate our honesty and trust us even more for the open communication. We value our relationships with our clients.
Excellent workmanship is the other pillar of our company. We complete projects with pride and passion, and we do things the right way. If our name goes on the finished product, we want people to know that their tiles we installed to last decades. We don’t cut corners, nor do we do inferior, shoddy work just to get paid and move on to the next project. You won’t get that from us.
Kitchen tile installation involves the process of installing tiles on kitchen walls, backsplash, floors, or countertops to enhance the appearance of the kitchen and provide a durable, easy-to-clean surface. The process typically involves preparing the surface, measuring and cutting the tiles, applying adhesive, laying the tiles, and grouting to finish the project. Kitchen tile installation can range from simple to complex, depending on the size of the project, the type of tiles being used, and any custom designs or patterns requested by the client. It is often recommended to hire a professional for a kitchen tile installation to ensure that the job is done correctly and to avoid any potential issues with installation or maintenance.
Outdoor spaces tile installation involves the process of installing tiles on patios, decks, or other outdoor living areas to enhance the appearance of the space and provide a durable, weather-resistant surface. The process typically involves preparing the surface, measuring and cutting the tiles, applying adhesive, laying the tiles, and grouting to finish the project. Outdoor tile installation can range from simple to complex, depending on the size of the project, the type of tiles being used, and any custom designs or patterns requested by the client. It is often recommended to hire a professional for outdoor tile installation to ensure that the job is done correctly and to avoid any potential issues with installation or maintenance. It is also important to select tiles that are specifically designed for outdoor use, as they are able to withstand exposure to the elements and resist cracking or fading.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What tile is best for a shower?
With so many styles and finishes of tiles to choose from, no wonder we get asked this question so often. If you wander the isles of any tile specialty shop, or even any large big box home improvement stores, you’ll find isles of different tiles to choose from, each with different measurements, costs, etc.
When it comes to shower tiles, hands down the best material you can go for is porcelain. Porcelain is extremely durable, it can be found in many different styles and colors, and it’s non-porous so it’s water resistant. Since porcelain is non-porous, you won’t get mildew and soap scum build-up as you would with other materials. The other thing we really like about porcelain is that it’s extremely durable and can withstand some rougher treatment. The drawback to installing porcelain tile in your bathroom is that it does come with a heftier price tag, though we believe that it’s still worth the investment when you’re considering tiling a shower.
What causes tile cracking?
Cracking of beautiful, expensive tile is extremely frustrating, but if you’re thinking of installing tile yourself, there are a handful of things you can do to ensure the best lifespan of your tiles:
- If you’re going to install tile directly over a concrete subfloor, you should be aware that concrete subfloors are very prone to cracking, which can and do transfer directly to your tile if the subfloor cracks wider than 1/8 inch. To prevent cracks from happening you can add a crack isolation membrane to your subfloor during installation.
- Foundations shift, this is a natural occurrence of a house settling after construction. If the house shifts enough, you can hear the tile either pop at the grout lines or you’ll see visible, prominent cracks on your tile themselves. To prevent this, you can invest in some uncoupling membrane which provides a degree of flex and give so that your tile doesn’t take the hit directly. It’s very tough to foresee foundations shifting and moving, which makes the membrane a good alternative.
- Not enough room between the expansion joints. The expansion joints are the spaces left between each tile during installation. You would think that the tighter you can keep the space, the better, but this is not the case. The purpose of the spaces is to actually allow for shifting, so if the space is too thin, the shifting tile will put a tremendous amount of pressure on its neighbor tiles and cause them to crack.
- Contrary to popular believe, once the mortar is laid on the subfloor directly, it should be given time to dry slightly because if it hasn’t become dry even somewhat, the tile will shift around and cause cracking. Always lay down an even coat of mortar across the entire area you’re working on and give it a small moment to dry.
- Tying back in with bullet 1, the subfloor should be properly and thoroughly prepped for tile installation. Of course that includes things like making sure the subfloor is level and has been vacuumed, but you also need to take extra precaution and mop it with a solvent cleaner like mineral spirit that removes greases, waxes and oils that could prevent your mortar from drying properly.
Is porcelain or ceramic tile better for kitchen flooring?
Both are good options, but both also come with slightly different advantages to using them. When dealing with areas that either have access to water (such as bathroom, kitchen, or outdoors) or areas with high traffic, porcelain is #1 due to its non-porous, water resistant surface, and it’s high density and extremely durable nature. Porcelain is best used in areas such as a kitchen, mudroom, and living area.
What is a good price for tile installation?
This is a great question, but one that is tough to answer without seeing the project first. Needless to say, the cost of the material is completely up to you (we don’t markup material), but we can help you source the perfect tile at probably a more competitive price than a non-contractor could get. That being said, labor rates are probably between $10 and $14 per square foot with the exception of ceramic and porcelain tiles which can carry labor rates up to $120 per hour.
That being said, these rates can go up or down depending on:
- How much preparation the subsurface needs
- How much mortar is required to be laid down
- Applying and sealing the grout
- The amount of cutting and measuring required
What tile finish is easiest to clean?
When it comes to a tile finish, the easiest type to clean are those that have a gloss finish to them. The gloss finish is essentially like a layer of glass on top that is not porous yet smooth, and can be easily wiped down to a nice reflection. The gloss finish doesn’t take much at all to clean off, yet it does also show off imperfections much easier. If you live in an area with hard water, for example, you’ll find yourself cleaning off the dried sediment very often as the glossy finish will magnify the dullness of the stain