Tilers are in the business of covering surfaces with tiles. They are employed across household jobs as one of the finishing touches to certain rooms, but especially kitchens and bathrooms, as well as in big construction projects and shops.
There are tilers who are specialized in doing things like swimming pools or restoring mosaics to their former glory. The outdoor tiles in gardens are becoming more and more common. Tilers who have been successful have a mind that works in a design sense, as well as a practical nature.
A tiler anywhere in most major cities in India would cost similar with minor differences. A tiler in India would charge Rs. 35/- to 40/- per square feet for kitchen tiling and bathroom tiling. Fixing the tiling or retiling work may cost around 30/- per sq. ft. while demolition charges may be around 15/- per sq. ft.
One can keep the cost of hiring a tiler low, by availing the list of professionals on Homify. All of them have been listed after thorough research on their experience, skill, price, licenses and much more.
Yes, in fact, Homify has a list of high-quality tilers and other professionals like kitchen planners, architects, interior decorators and much more. Log on to the site and go to the professionals' section, you can see it all there and choose it accordingly.
The job responsibilities and skills of a tiler are as follows-
- Cut tiles and shape them properly to ensure they fit around obstacles and in tight corners and odd spaces using power and hand tools.
- Tilers help form tile beds using concrete, plaster, mastic, cement, glue or mortar utilizing tools such as screeds, and brushes.
- Align tiles and straighten them with straightedges, levels, and squares to ensure patterns are even and precise.
- They cut, install, polish and surface granite and marble and ensure accuracy during the installation process for lasting results.
- They also prepare various surfaces for tiling with waterproofing material or lath and by cleaning the surfaces properly.
- Create decorative wall and floor designs by laying and setting mosaic tiles in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms.
- Tap tiles into place carefully using tools to properly adhere tiles to the base, making sure not to break or damage tiles.
- Follow blueprints precisely and mark and measure surfaces that need to be tiled to determine how to go about jobs.
- Willingness to complete on-the-job training.
- Tilers must have the ability to lift heavy materials and equipment.
- Outstanding attention to detail.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Previous experience setting tiles.
- Carpentry and renovation experience a plus.
Some of the most time-tested and popular tiling patterns are-
The Diagonal pattern is quite similar to the straight pattern except the tiles are laid on a 45-degree angle, turning square tiles into diamonds. This particular style can be used with a border as a feature in a kitchen splashback or for an entire floor to make a small room look bigger. It’s perfect for the bathroom.
It is one of the most common and simplest tiling patterns. Here tiles are laid in straight lines so the grout lines end up like a grid. When buying your tiles is to make sure that they all have the same batch number. Different batches may have slight color variations that will show up in the finished product and you can find the batch number on the packaging.
When using rectangular tiles, the basket weave pattern has two tiles laid next to each other to form a square. Here the tiles are laid at 90 degrees to the first and so on. The horizontal and vertical tiles then alternate on following rows and this gives the impression that the tiles are woven over and under each other like a basket.
They are perfect for hallways or outdoor paths, as the “V” in the pattern acts like arrows pointing you in the right direction, the herringbone pattern is achieved by laying rectangular tiles in a zig-zag pattern.
They are quite similar to the windmill. This design uses a small square tile surrounded by much larger square tiles to create the effect of a spinning pinwheel. In the Pin Wheel pattern, tiles in contrasting colors should be chosen for the best effect.
The windmill pattern is created by arranging four rectangular tiles around a square tile in the center. How you can make the pattern stand out is by using a square tile and grout in a contrasting color to the rectangles. It can look clustered on the floor but is good for a shower or as a border.