Shoddy tiling can ruin your interior design, so find out here how to choose and lay the perfect tiles in your kitchen.
The kitchen is an important aspect of any household – a place where the family gathers and guests are entertained – so it’s essential that your kitchen tiles are attractive and properly laid.
Types of kitchen tile
There’s such a vast range of kitchen tiles that it can be hard to choose what’s best for you, here are some of the most popular options:
- Terracotta tiles are an attractive option which comes in a range of colours and styles. Handmade tiles are more expensive but ready-made ones will cost less, so are a good option for large kitchens. Terracotta tiles need to be sealed before use but are easy to maintain and clean once installed.
- Stone tiles such as slate or marble are a more expensive option and tiles will need to be sealed before use. However, natural stone looks great, ages well and can last a lifetime.
- Ceramic tiles are durable and pleasing to the eye, which is why they are probably the most popular kitchen tile choice. These are available in a variety of colours, styles, patterns and can be glazed or unglazed.
- Porcelain tiles are a cheaper alternative to natural stone tiles. Porcelain is easy to clean and if glazed, requires very little maintenance.
- Glass tiles are great from a design point of view and are strong and easy to clean. They can cost more than your cheaper ceramic or porcelain options though.
Laying your kitchen tiles
Once you have decided upon the type of tiles you would like installed in your kitchen you’re ready to go. Here are some steps to follow when laying kitchen tiles:
- Firstly you need to buy enough tiles – measure out the area and decide exactly how many tiles you need to sufficiently cover the space, allowing roughly ten percent for cutting and wastage.
- Prepare your kitchen for tiling; this means preferably removing old tiles entirely or tiling over old ones. The surface onto which you’ll be laying tiles must be clean and smooth.
- Lastly you need to lay the tiles; this is best done by a professional.
How to hire a tiling professional
As with hiring any professional, you should follow word of mouth recommendations and check your tiler’s references and insurance credentials before you hire. For extra peace of mind, you could make sure the products and services you choose are accredited by the Tile Association. The Tile Association represents the wall and floor tile industry in the UK, so guarantees a certain quality that you will be satisfied with for years to come.
Cost of hiring a professional tiler
The cost of hiring a professional kitchen tiler is fairly dependent on the quality of materials used and the size of the job. The average cost of hiring a tiler for a day is around £150, and a relatively small space can be completed within that time. Often the tiles would have to be pre-bought and paid for, so again you should make sure you know how much material you need. The larger the job, the larger the cost and more intricate specifications such as mosaics may take longer so therefore can cost more; prices for these kind of jobs can range up to around £500.