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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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.

How long does it take to install backsplash?

The time it takes to install backsplash depends on the size of the area and the type of materials you’re using. But generally, it’ll take a few days to finish the project. Porcelain or ceramic tile may take less time than that, while very small glass tiles or complicated designs are likely to add time. 

Chat with the best tile specialists to find out how long it will take to install a backsplash in your home.

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.

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.

Can you tile over a tile backsplash?

Yes, you can tile over your existing kitchen backsplash if you want a fresh, new look. This will only work if the surface is smooth and there are no cracked or uneven backsplash tiles in the wall. If you have a few problem tiles, simply remove and reinstall them before you tile over the wall. 

In general, it’s better to start with a blank wall. However, you may save time by simply tiling over your existing tile backsplash. When in doubt, always consult a tiling professional.

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. 

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. 

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 is the easiest backsplash to install?

Peel-and-stick tiles are the easiest backsplash to install, as they don’t require any materials or preparation work besides measuring. 

Ceramic tile, a popular choice for many homeowners, is a fairly simple installation choice for backsplash, and it comes in almost any color and pattern.

Glass tile is a bit more difficult to install than ceramic, while stone or marble tile tends to be the most expensive. 

Contact the best tiling contractors near you to determine the best type of backsplash to install in your home.

Reviews for Philadelphia backsplash tilers
Christine M.
I hired Chris to remove an old tile backsplash in my kitchen and put up a new backsplash. The old tile was on drywall which he was able to remove/replace very quickly. The new tile was up the same day and the job only took two days. I’m very happy with his work and would definitely hire him again in the future. His prices are reasonable and the quality of work was A+
Timberworks Remodeling, LLCTimberworks Remodeling, LLC
Sydney P.
Working with Legacy Tile from start to finish was fantastic. They were quick to respond once I told them about my little kitchen backsplash project. They explained to me what to expect and what could happen which affected the price of the quote (which the quote was a great price to begin with). They showed up on time and appropriately draped the rest of my house to protect my floors before getting started and cleaned up before they left. I really liked how they respected my property throughout the time they were here. I’m glad that I do not have to go searching for a pro for my next tile project because these guys will be hired again in a heart beat!!
Legacy Tile LLCLegacy Tile LLC
Tahoorah S.
I unfortunately had a very poor experience working with Gary and his company for a kitchen backsplash job. I was under the impression during all of our communication that Gary was the one who would be performing the job - he made no indication otherwise. However on the day of the job, one of his employees showed up instead without a full understanding of what the job was (there seemed to be a lack of communication between Gary & his employee). There was a language barrier between the employee and myself - which is completely okay - however, it led to further confusion on top of whatever miscommunication had already taken place between him and Gary. The employee was not prepared with the proper tools for the job and had to go to the store to purchase those materials during the time he should have been working. Upon returning and finally beginning the job, I received a text about an hour later saying that he had left for the day and to text Gary for next steps. The employee gave me no notice (I was upstairs - all he had to do was give me a shout) and he left my kitchen an unfinished mess with broken tile and materials everywhere. And worst of all, he left my back door unlocked and back gate wide open. I live in the city making this a security concern for my family. We were already quite stressed as my wife was 34 weeks pregnant at the time with high blood pressure and delivering early. And coming downstairs to see our home an absolute mess added an immense amount of additional stress on our plate. We had moved everything out of the kitchen into our family and dining area specifically for this job (we live in a row home so we're already working with limited space), and to see everything unfinished and being unable to put all those items back was very stressful.  Gary's worker did eventually come back - but completed the job in a very poor and rushed manner. The tile was uneven and there were several broken grout spots. I pointed out the errors to him upon completion and he said that this job SHOULD have been a 2 day job, but he was instructed by Gary to complete it in 1 day. He said that had it actually been a 2 day job, he wouldnt have been so rushed and the job wouldn't have been so sloppy with so many mistakes. I contacted Gary and got no response. After the employee left, I noticed that he had dumped broken grout and caulk pieces into my kitchen sink garbage disposal, causing it to jam up and my kitchen sink to overflow. I spent over 3 hours that night trying to fix this issue which was not only a huge and unnecessary waste of time, but again yet another added stress for me and my very pregnant wife.  After finally getting in touch with Gary, he seemed surprised at the situation. I asked him to repair the uneven pieces of tile, but he himself suggested that instead, he would not charge me for the job and can offer me the cost of the difference of the material so I could re-purchase the tile and get the job redone by someone else. I told him I would talk to my wife and get back to him after we have our baby since we had a lot going on. I reached back out a couple times via text and phone over the next few weeks and never heard back with any sort of acknowledgement. I would strongly not recommend Gary or his company at all.
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