If you’re planning on renovating your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry, then you know that along with choosing the hardware and layout of the space, you’ll need to select some tiling. But with so many options available to you between size, colour, and patterns, as well as the difficulties of sourcing the materials, trying to take on the task yourself seems impossible. So, why not consider hiring a professional tiler to take care of it for you?
A professional tiler will be key in making the renovation process run smoothly. They come with all the know-how and tricks of the trade to make sure that you’re left with a professional and high-quality finish. As bathrooms and kitchens are especially high-traffic areas of the home, doing everything you can to avoid ill-fitted or unattractive tiling is crucial.
But how can you know how to pick a good tiler? In this article, we’ll give you an outline of some key factors to consider when hiring a professional tiler, as well as a list of some of Canberra’s top services.
What makes a great tiler?
Let’s discuss some of the most important things to think about when choosing a tiler.
- Experience. When looking around for a tiler, make sure you’re checking their portfolios and testimonials. You want to know that the company you hire has experience tiling spaces similar to yours, and in styles that you like.
- Reliability. The renovation process is involved and meticulous. Therefore, having a tiler that you can rely on is very important. The best tilers should understand your timeline and budget, and consistently show up on time and work efficiently.
- Quality. Poor material and installation will impact the look of your tiling and its performance over time. Look for a company that uses reliable, experienced tilers, and offers warranties and quality guarantees on their installation. Check their portfolio or examples of previous work to verify their quality.
- Expert advice. A professional tiler should know enough about the materials they’re working with to help advise you on what’s going to look and work best for your space. The best tilers make sure functionality is balanced with appearance, and will offer their opinion to ensure the result is the best.
The best tilers in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
In business for over 20 years, Southside Tilers is dedicated to professional service and top-quality material. Capable of all forms of tiling, from bathrooms, wet sealing, commercial and domestic the team have enormous experience and are able to meet your personal requirements.
Facebook user Clare Douglass wrote this review about her experience with Southside Tilers, "Southside Tilers have transformed our house through putting tiles into three rooms and two corridors, replacing old tiles and carpets which had been there for many years. This all happened within a week of us contacting them for the first time and getting a quote..."
With over 37 years of experience in the industry behind them, Kenro Services are capable and experienced tilers. They have an extensive list of available services - from renovations to plastering, building new homes and building pergolas.
Kenro Services only use fully licensed and qualified tradespeople.
As Google reviewer and 'Local Guide' Alison Roberts writes in their review, "Really happy with the work that we had done by Marcin from Kenro. The team at Kenro were very quick to respond to us and fit us in last minute. Marcin was very professional and friendly and did a great job."
If you’re looking for more of Canberra’s construction contractors to help you build or renovate your space, check out our articles on the best flooring specialists, best bathroom renovation companies, best kitchen renovation companies, best plasterers, best carpenters and best house painters in Canberra.
Your experience with tilers in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I tile my bathroom myself?
Tiling is a pretty DIY-friendly task, but it requires a lot of careful preparation, patience and precision. Hiring a professional to do it for you will save you the headache, and also help you avoid having poorly installed tiles that are prone to disrepair.
How often should I re-tile my bathroom?
Due to constant exposure to moisture, the grouting on your tiling will begin to peel and crack and compromise the durability of your tiles. The recommended frequency to replace your tiles is every 3-5 years.
What material works best for tiling?
This depends on whether or not you're talking about tiling a floor or tiling walls. If it's a floor, consider using tiles with a rougher texture such as cork, which will give you more grip as your bathroom floor gets wet. In terms of pricing, vinyl tiles are an excellent choice, as they are quite durable, adequately textured, and far more affordable than stone tiles.
Should I get my tiles professionally cleaned?
If you're not willing to do the grunt work, or don't have much time on your hand, there many tile & grout cleaning services available. Check out this article for some great recommendations.
What tiling materials are environmentally friendly?
When considering the environmental impact of your tiles, consider how they are mined and installed. The most environmentally friendly tiles are ceramic and porcelain, as they are a plentiful resource that are easy to mine and manufacture. Many ceramic tiles feature recycled content which further reduces the environmental impact, and porcelain is made up of easily sourced materials such as clay, silica and flint. Additionally, both materials are incredibly long-lasting.