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Should I Do My Own Floor Tile Installation?

Should I Do My Own Floor Tile Installation?

With all of the current “D.I.Y.” shows on television today, and large home improvement stores advertising that they have everything that you need to do the job yourself, many people are asking themselves “do I really need to pay a professional tile contractor to do my tile project?”  “Can I save money and just do it myself?” Well, the answer is…possibly…it depends. As an owner of a professional tile installation company that serves the Pittsburgh area, I have nothing against those who wish to attempt their own installation.  After all, that’s how we began many years before we started Ray Tile & Bath!  If you have the ability and patience, go for it!  It can be fun and rewarding.  However, there is a lot more to installing tile than may meet the eye.  Also, I would always recommend using a professional for wall or shower tile installation. What Makes or Breaks Your Floor Tile Installation? First of all, floor tile is only as durable as the structure holding it.  Whether it be a concrete slab, wooden sub-floor, sloped mortar base or numerous other backer products.  If the material below (the “substrate”) is not structurally sound and true, then the new installation is prone to failure.  (This is one reason that we will not tile over top of other tile.  We have no way of knowing for sure that the substrate is sound if we can’t examine it.) Both quality products and the use of proper materials are very important.  Preparing your new tile, be it ceramic, porcelain, granite or other natural stone, and then bonding it to a proper substrate takes knowledge and...