|Posted on October 18, 2007 at 11:09 PM|
I was called to inspect a tile job completed recently, in which the homeowner was trying to recover a refund from the original tiling contractor. I was amazed, but not surprised at what I saw (I took pictures, which are shown above). I came to the conclusion that some so-called contractors have no clue about how to lay tile, or maybe they don't care, thinking that the client won't notice. It's unfortunate, but true. But it goes to show how important it is for any homeowner to ask for testimonials, references and actual pictures of work completed. If the contractor fails to show these, then the red flags should immediately go up. Stay away from such folk and you'll save years of heartache.
I also recently completed a shower stall in which prior to me laying the tiles, the entire job had to be ripped up not once, but twice by the homebuilder. Twice the tile contractor started the same job and botched it up. I take my hat off to the homebuilder for giving this guy a second chance! But, seriously, who can afford to have tile laid and taken up twice? Better to get the job done right the first time.
Beware of shoddy tile installers -- ask for references, pictures...even ask to inspect recently completed jobs. You'll be glad you did!