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Tiler vs Tile Contractor

Posted on October 15, 2021 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been often asked what is the diffrence between a tiler and a tile contractor. A tiler usually works for someone else vs a tile contractor that hires tilers. A tile contractor has been in business for a longer period of time, hires subcontractors, tilers etc.. It does not necessarily mean that the tile contractor is the best, no. I have repaired tons of jobs done by reputable contractors. They have messed up the job to the point where they could not find the answer. You don't want to kn...

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Water damaged shower repair

Posted on October 4, 2021 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I am currently working on a water damaged shower repair. It is a 20 years old marble shower that failed. It was totally improper installed. The water leakage was so bad that it was damaging the ceiling down below. Been on the job for over two weeks now, keep on working on it. After 20 visits to the property the shower was reinstated, fully waterproofed. Customer very happy!

Hiring the wrong guy to fix a water damaged property

Posted on October 4, 2021 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Some years ago, I contracted a water damaged bathroom. It was an old building, done by the Counsil. It turned out there was water leaks from the appartment upstairs. Everytime the neighbour would use the bathroom/shower, my client would get water leaks that eventually ruined the bathroom. It had to be redone from scratch. Now in order to guarantee the work, we ordered the client to deal with the owner upstairs, and put a stop to all that water leakage that was coming from the apartment above....

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Bad tiling jobs posted online

Posted on October 3, 2021 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

-Here are some examples of bad tiling jobs posted online. Some of these jobs do not make it to 6 months, it is quite shocking!

Another good example of hiring the wrong guy for the job. These mistakes could have been avoided from the start. 


Shower leaking into room below

Bathroom fitter Bathroom Repair

1 hour ago Oct/4/2021

Ref. 9781328

 

''Find source of the leak, fix and make good''.

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Hiring the wrong guy to deliver a Thassos marble job

Posted on October 3, 2021 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Back in 2017, I got a call from a potential client, enquiring a price for some marble installation at his appartment in London. Went over there to assess the marble job and talk to the customer, as I always do. It turned out, it was a DIY family project. As they ended up buying ''marble'', they decided to call in a natural stone professional to have it installed. Fair enough!  It turned out, he was in posession of some expensive marble imported from Greece, Thassos Marble'' pure white. I...

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Beware of Cheap Labour - remember you always get what you pay for.

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 5:20 PM

While many people think they can get more for less, that is not quite accurate. You have to wonder why so cheap. Please remember, at the end of the day, you always get what you pay for and nothing extra. So, beware of cheap labour. It will cost you the big bucks to fix what the cowboy builder messed up. Here is my new page added to my website regarding cheap labor.

https://www.customtilemarblegranite.com/bad-tiling-jobs

Avoid cowboy builders

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Here are some tips to avoid a cowboy builder:

Usually these guys cannot deliver their promises. They underbid pros at every level. When the price is half way down, you have to wonder why so cheap. They will deliver the job just half way through, you will end up hiring someone else to fix what they messed up. It is very common. Happenes all the time. 

 

My new web page regarding cheap labor... https://www.customtilemarblegranite.com/bad-tiling-jobs

Good Craftsmanship

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Here are some tips about how to spot a good tile contractor. A good tile contractor should have all the professional tools needed from start to finish the job. Should be able to prepare the surfface prior to tiling. Straighten up the walls and floors when needed using the proper tools and techniques. Be able to set marble, granite and other stones with a narrow grout joint of not wider than 1/16'', ceramics, quarry tile as well, pulling mud-set (screeds, wall and floor), keep the joints strai...

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Not the way to go

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 5:05 AM

Here are some tips a good tile contractor should never do: never lay tile onto plywood or floorboards, gypcrete gypsum concrete, on top of tiles unless there is room for a proper prep work, on top of vinyl or glue or green board (green drywall) for a shower. It is a must to have a proper subfloor installed prior to tiling. Waterproofing the shower walls are a must do. Although, green board is moisture proof, it is not waterproofed, not good enough for a shower wall. Never use mastik/glue (rea...

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Water damaged repair

Posted on December 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Most of my work is water damaged repairs, fixing bad jobs, injecting loose tiles etc.. All of them are improperly done! 


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