Tiling Question

Hi advice please re tiling floor?

Hi, what questions do i need to ask when arranging a workperson to tile a kitchen floor, I want to ensure I get a really good job and I know what to expect and what needs doing?

Thanks, Claire

5 Answers

Is the substrate to be tiled on top of in good condition? Will it need any work to eliminate potential future problems? Is the floor level? does it need self levelling? If you decide to go with a brick-bond pattern then a flat base is essential to eliminate any "lips". Other than than, depending on the shape of you kitchen, are there any focal points where the tiling would need to be symmetrical? typically an average kitchen would be square an a tiler would set the tiles out with even cuts around the room, but some kitchens are L shaped and lead into conservatories ect.. Hope this helps. Paul

Answered 16th Mar 2011

PF Tiling

Member since 15 Mar 2011

Hi my names Ben and have been a tiler for 7 years, if i were you i would ask for pictures of previous jobs. You could also ask if they would put plywood down on a wooden floor before laying the tiles because if there is no ply laid on the wooden floor before the tiles are laid they will crack and break up also flexible adhesive and grout would need to be used on a wooden floor.

Thanks hope this helps

Answered 16th Mar 2011


Member since 12 Dec 2010

Always ask the tradesman if they have references and photos from previous jobs they have done - the mybuilder site is good on the feedback.
If the floor is wood it will need boarding with 12mm ply, screwed down. If it concrete then it could need leveling, a latex leveling screed will need to be done.
Adhesive's, there is a massive range for different tiles aswell as wood and concrete floors

Answered 16th Mar 2011


Member since 26 Oct 2008

Most tilers will give you a full brief of what they intend to do and the reasons for what they do.. The lay of the tiles is dictated by the shape of the floor as described above. If a tradesman says he will do something without explaining why then I would maybe ask a question.

Answered 16th Mar 2011

N.J STEWART Services

Member since 17 Feb 2009

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Hi, initially you dont need to ask anything! Just get a recommended tiler round to look at the job, and tell them what you want. Any decent tiler will tell you what preparation, if any, is needed. As for ensuring a good job? That is why you go with a tiler with references, testamonials etc. It doesnt need to be a stressful project!

Answered 17th Mar 2011

Bespoke Tiling

Member since 14 Mar 2011

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