When people talk about flooring materials that are strong, long-lasting and low-maintenance, one type in particular will probably be at the forefront of the conversation. Tile has long been touted as an affordable and durable flooring option, but until recently, it was never seen as particularly stylish.
Things have changed. Tile is now available in thousands of intricate and complex designs—including tile that looks exactly like natural wood. People in all types of homes—including celebrities and billionaires—are rethinking tile as a practical, simple and stylish option.
More and more people are considering tile floors every day, and a lot of them are looking for ways to proceed. They want estimates and contracts. They want to speak to the experts and find out what the process of hiring a professional might look like. How long will it take? What will it cost? How can I be sure I’m getting the best quality tile work?
This last question is of particular importance. In order to make sure your tile is installed properly (assuming you’re not undertaking the project yourself), you want to work with consummate professionals who know tile inside and out. And you know there are tile companies out there whom you’d rather not get mixed up with. The problem is knowing what to look for and what to avoid in a tile specialist.
Does it look like an established business?
When a tile installation company does good work, other characteristics will be visible. The company will have an address, and possibly a support staff. Vehicles and uniforms may be branded with the company logo. Whoever you talk to will be friendly and professional, taking time to answer your questions. The company will have the proper licensing and insurance to operate legally in your area.
Are people saying good things about it?
Reviews and feedback are truly useful to the homeowner looking for a quality tile installation company. There are plenty of social media sites where this types of services are being reviewed by dozens or even hundreds of people in your local area. Google+ may be a good place to start. Also talk to friends or neighbors who may have worked with a contractor in the past.
Are the rates and estimates straightforward and easy to understand?
There are companies out there who would prefer to quote one price before the project and another price after. Some disreputable contractors even build deceptive language into their contracts. But those companies with plenty of great results and happy clients will be honest and direct with their estimates, and their contracts will protect both parties in the agreement.
What does your tile specialist look like?
If you’re considering a new tile installation in your home, you might eventually have to take a significant step and research contractors in your area. When the time comes, it helps to be prepared and know what to look for.
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