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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Can you tile over tile floors?

Yes, you can lay tile over existing tile floors (or a backsplash). Although it’s generally best to pull up your old flooring, you can simply place tiles on top if your existing floor is in good condition.

Before you start, examine your tiles carefully for mold, cracks or unevenness. Provided none of these is an issue, you can begin laying your new tiles. 

But if this is your first time laying tile — or if you want to ensure that the job is done right — save time by hiring a tiling professional near you

What do you need to lay tile?

If you’re laying a new tile floor, you’ll likely need an assortment of tools and supplies, including (but not limited to):

  • Tile
  • Tile adhesive
  • Tile trim
  • Tile spacers
  • Underlayment
  • Sealer
  • Caulk
  • Level
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Trowel
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Grout
  • Sponge
  • Tape measure
  • Etc.

If you don’t have all of the tools, equipment and skills necessary to lay tile in your home, consider hiring one of the best tile contractors in your area.

Can you tile over drywall?

Yes, it is possible to lay tile over drywall. If you’re looking to lay a tile backsplash in your kitchen, you can certainly do it yourself — but hiring a professional may save time. 

Before you tile over your drywall, make sure the wall has a smooth surface with no bumps or cracks. Start by using a compound to seal up any crevices, then sand the drywall and clean up the dust. Then, lay a coat of primer on the drywall to get it ready for your tile. 

How long does it take to lay tile?

Depending on the pro’s expertise, the size of the project and its complexity, the time it takes to lay the tile will vary. For some projects, it may take a few hours to lay tile while others will require several days of work. 

When planning a tiling project for your home, get free estimates from the best tile contractors near you and ask them how long it would take them to complete your job.  

What’s the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?

Ceramic and porcelain are some of the more popular types of tile, but there are a few differences: 

Porcelain Tile

Ceramic Tile

More durable, have a longer lifespan

Cheaper, easier to install

Better for high-traffic areas

Recommended for interior floors, walls

Slightly more water-resistant

Softer, easier to cut

Consult with a top tile contractor near you and get free estimates on how much installing tile will cost you. 

Does tile flooring increase home value?

Having a tile floor may increase your home’s value, but it might depend on the type of tile you install and the trends in the real estate market.

Chat with your realtor or a real estate expert to figure out what types of home repairs and remodeling projects you should tackle before you put your home on the market. It might make sense to add new tiles when renovating your kitchen or bathroom, for example. 

If you decide to include new tiling in your home remodeling project, contact the best tile installation pros near you to get free estimates.

What is the best tile?

There are many different types of tile to choose from, and they all have unique benefits when it comes to aesthetics, longevity, durability and safety.

Porcelain and ceramic tile are often popular in kitchens and bathrooms because they are water-resistant, making them a go-to choice for floors and backsplashes. Marble tile is also a great choice for kitchen and bathroom floors, and granite tiles are popular for countertops. 

Consult with a tile installation professional to figure out what type of tile you should install in your home.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a tiler during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up an appointment or consultation with a tiler during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by conducting an online search for tilers in your area. Ask if the tiler can conduct a consultation through a video call instead of a traditional site visit to limit exposure. It’s also wise to confer about the current state of the pandemic and ensure that it’s safe to complete the project now. If not, discuss postponing for another time. 

Which is better: porcelain or ceramic tile?

Porcelain tiles are more durable and have a longer lifespan than ceramic tile. If you're installing flooring in an area with high traffic or lots of heavy furniture, porcelain tiles will look better for longer. They’re also very easy to clean and maintain. Porcelain is also very water-resistant and can hold up in places like bathrooms and rooms with jacuzzis, hot tubs, or swimming pools. 

But if the cost is your top priority, ceramic tiles are often more affordable. Ceramic tile prices start as low as $0.45 or $0.50 per square foot, and porcelain tile starts at $3 per square foot.

How can I find out if a tiler is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To identify essential service providers during the pandemic, visit your city or state’s government website to find a list of recommendations.

A list of national recommendations can be found at CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. This service lists 16 different types of essential infrastructure sectors that are approved to continue operation during the pandemic. But note not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Reviews for Los Angeles tile installers
Karolyn N.
Giovanni was able to correct several mistakes made by our previous installer and transformed the bathroom into a dream come true. He is a perfectionist and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him. The kitchen is next and he already is our choice to install all the tile!
Art Italia Tile and StoneArt Italia Tile and Stone
Dèsireé G.
Very pleased with my experience with A2Z build. I hired these guys to install a very intricate, very difficult backsplash. They provided above and beyond service and craftsmanship for installing, cutting and fitting the tiles. Robert responded immediately provided a very reasonable quote and his crew was able to begin the job as soon as the tiles arrived. I would absolutely recommend their services and hire them for any future jobs I might have. Very happy!
A2Z buildA2Z build
Anaik L.
I initially hired A2Z Build for a tile installation and they did such a great job that I asked them to paint the room as well. Bob estimate was reasonable and his team very conscientious.
A2Z buildA2Z build
Mark C.
A2Z sent Pedro to install and grout tile for a small bathroom. He was hardworking, quick, did great quality work, and left the site clean when he was finished each day.
A2Z buildA2Z build
Paul T.
Rick is immensely skilled. You can TOTALLY trust him. HIGHLY recommend! He installed tile for us in a very challenging space and did a perfect job. He's also really friendly & easygoing :-)
Rick ShchohlaRick Shchohla
Indy F.
This contractor’s estimates are extortionate. He quoted $2950 for installing 60sf of cheap porcelain tile on fresh drywall and pretended this price was fair. His pricing was multiple times higher than other contractor quotes. Shameful attempt to rip off a new customer for one day’s work.
Universal Marble Granite & TileUniversal Marble Granite & Tile
Haylee V.
Giovanni form Art Italia is THE BEST! Seriously, the best. If you are reading this because you are in search of a tile professional, HIRE HIM RIGHT AWAY. You will NOT find anyone better. We love him, and will always hire him for our tile work, for several reasons: 1.) He's always on time. Which, believe it or not, is very rare in the construction business. 2.) He's so friendly and wonderful to work with. We are happy our bathroom is finished, but we miss having him around! And our puppies do, too. That's another bonus - if you have pets, he will make them feel at ease :) 3.) His prices are extremely competitive. I met with 3 contractors and another tile installer, and Giovanni had the best price for the level of service. I could tell that some of the contractors didn't know what they were talking about, so it was a no-brainer to hire Giovanni because he is an expert with a very fair price. 4.) He's very collaborative and gives great advice. He helped us choose our grout colors, and even advised us on the tile size - we were going to go with 3x6 subway tile, but Giovanni suggested we upgrade to 4x12, because it is more modern. We were also going to go with a bullnose finish, but he advised that we go with a black metal trim. We are SO glad we listened to him because everything looks sharp. 5.) Lastly, and most importantly, **his work is impeccable**. Our bathroom looks beautiful, and everyone comments on how "perfect" the tile is. I had a handyman at the house (for electrical & plumbing) at the same time Giovanni was working, and he even commented on the tile: "Wow, that is the best tile job I've ever seen." If you need a full renovation, or small tile repair, do exactly what his shirts say ... KEEP CALM AND CALL GIOVANNI! You won't be disappointed.
Art Italia Tile and StoneArt Italia Tile and Stone
Logan T.
Work was quick to complete. However, since the project has been completed Ernesto and his team have been un-reachable. Tile that was installed is bubbling up in some areas and baseboards are falling off. We have made over 50 attempts to reach Ernesto and have had no success. If he is unwilling to stand behind his work/and or return a phone call I would stand far away from this contractor. In fact we have offered him work on another large project and have heard nothing in return.
Seven Stone SF Inc.Seven Stone SF Inc.
Vala Z.
Do not hire. This crew does hack work. I hired to replace the tile in a bathroom and discussed reusing my existing fixtures. The owner did not coordinate his plumber and tile guy from the beginning. They were demoing my project while the fixtures were still installed. Next, the tiles were not laid flat, and the grout lines are not straight. The shower niche that was created has an aggressive slope so the shampoo bottle do not stand straight and hang over, about to fall off the ledge. The plumber damaged my shower fixtures and tried to hide it from me. The owner tried to fix but it’s impossible to cover up. The plumber made a mess when cleaning up the caulking, and I had to go in and clean up myself afterwards. Lastly, mold developed in the grout line even though I have never used the shower after the fact because I was so upset with the job. They came to fix the mold in the grout and ended up using a different grout color because they apparently need use a grout with glue. My entire bathroom looks like a hack and I’m extremely unhappy with this work. I asked the owner to come to the site multiple times and he kept avoiding, and would just send other people out to fix the job. He also kept asking me to pay him money when the job wasn’t done, or to pay more to fix a problem that was his problem to fix. This company should be reported to the CSLB and his license should be taken away. Do not hire!
A2Z buildA2Z build
Kisun K.
Speechlessly great. His work ethic, collaboration process, and output were just outstanding. There were a few things that differentiated him from the other 5 tile installers I have interviewed fir my two bathroom projects: First, he showed up on time for a very first meeting. Three of them were not. Second, he is the only one who called me next day willing to negotiate the offer to work within my budget without compromising my design vision. Third, he knows what he is talking about and suggested more suitable material finishes and grout color and brand to me, which turned out great. And when I saw his finished tile work after delivering a newborn, I was just blown away with my decision to go with him! In fact, among all of hires for my new home renovation, he was the only one I truly liked to work with not just due to the work quality but his personality! Very collaborative and focused. If you want a sophisticated pattern work like herringbone and hexagon mosaics, this is the guy! :)
Art Italia Tile and StoneArt Italia Tile and Stone
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