"Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labour will increase" (Proverbs 13:11)
A homeowner recently called me to inspect an installation completed by another contractor. Here are some pictures I took of their kitchen floor.
The pictures show why it is so important to know who you're hiring, especially to lay tile. Once the tile is down, it's hard to take it up. It pays to check a contractor's references and view pictures of recent installations.
In this photo, tiles are not laid level to each other (causing lippage, which can cause you to trip), nor are spacers used at the intersection (causing grout lines to be crooked).
Not only is the grout left untidy, but you can see one tile above another. All tiles should be laid level to each other.
Since spacers were never used, grout lines are uneven. Again, tiles were not laid level to each other.
Apart from the fact that no spacers were used, nor are the tiles laid level to each other, but the grout is starting to come loose and crack. Loose grout could mean that the tiles are moving, or that the grout was not properly applied.