Tiles are the professionals responsible for covering, with tiles, the interior and exterior walls and floors of private homes and public spaces. These materials not only decorate the walls but also protect them. Given the importance and breadth of his tasks, this specialist should have numerical and architectural notions. Physical endurance is also an asset for carrying heavy volumes and being in uncomfortable positions while working.
Tiles are also required to maintain and repair tiled and tiled surfaces and to recover individual pieces, such as old and valuable tiles that have been broken or chipped.
As a rule, the work of a tiler goes through the following steps:
Space analysis: The tiler begins by reading and interpreting the technical drawings and analyzing the spaces. This is a key step in making the entire project develop according to the client's wishes - or, if appropriate, the architect or interior designer - and from here, the materials to be used and the quantities where they are needed.
Work area preparation: The preparation of walls and floors for flooring installation work is crucial for high-quality output. The tile should clean the areas to intervene, possibly removing pre-existing coatings and filling any gaps, cracks and holes.
Measurement and calculation: Meticulous area measurement is indispensable for ordering materials later. With the use of cutting tools, the tile may have to adjust the coverings to the contingencies of the spaces (for example, if tiles are placed around the base of a toilet, the pieces must be molded to the round shape of this element). In the end, the pieces should be aligned and evenly spaced.
Cladding Surface Cleaning: Once in place, the cladding must be properly cleaned so that excess grout of the joints is removed. The aim is to create a smooth and homogeneous surface that adds aesthetic value to the space.
Waterproofing the tile: Tiles and tiles are most often used in areas of the house with their own characteristics, such as kitchens and bathrooms. In order to provide comfort and safety to these divisions, it is essential that the tiler, through the use of his own techniques and products, waterproof the coatings, thus avoiding water infiltration and absorption and subsequent damage to the structures.
What should you expect from a good tiler?
From a good tiler, you should expect the following skills:
Ability to understand and follow a project and certain design: In addition to technical skills, it is important for the tile to have aesthetic notions and understand the design and style intended for the spaces. Although it may be guided by an architect or a designer, the tiler must be aware of trends and have the sensitivity to produce a harmonious and pleasing result.
Tool handling skills: The ability and precision of tools and machinery is essential for the preservation of material integrity and proper installation. Throughout the different steps of the tile installation process, you will need various tools of different complexity that the tile should be able to handle. Only then can you cut and apply the parts correctly.
Accuracy and attention to detail: Any work in the field of construction should be carried out in the most serious manner. After all, not only is the beauty of the spaces concerned, but also the functionality and safety of the spaces. The tiler should be meticulous at all stages of the project.
Communication skills: Knowing how to listen to the customer's needs is essential for the tiler to be able to advise him and present effective and quality solutions. The secret of a job well done lies largely in communication between all parties involved in the project.
Time optimization: Construction and remodeling projects tend to be time consuming. However, good professionals will pay attention to deadlines and do their best to meet these deadlines and to respond quickly to unforeseen events. Note that overtime is accounted for in the final price and should be controlled by the contractor. Be flexible but vigilant.
Optimization of resources: The work of a tiler implies costs - sometimes quite high - that focus, fundamentally, on the acquisition of the necessary materials for the installation of the coatings. Hiring a professional tiler will give you the assurance that the calculation of the number of materials needed for the work will be done scrupulously to avoid waste.
Quality in detail: Tiling is not a job that anyone can do. While it is true that in some cases and with basic knowledge in the field of construction and DIY, you can embark on a DIY project, it is no less true that hiring a professional will provide a result of excellence.
Technical knowledge: Good professionals in the field of construction should constantly seek to be aware of technological developments. Knowing new materials, as well as tools and machinery that will ease the task and improve finishes, is a huge asset for both the expert and the customer.
Bathrooms and kitchens , as already mentioned, often have ceramic floors. It is a durable and waterproof material and is therefore a good choice for these divisions. However, the application is complex and its cost may vary depending on several factors.