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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. 

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. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for tile installation, replacement or repairs?

Digital payment platforms are popular in a wide range of service industries, and many tile installment, replacement and repair professionals now accept them. Common platforms include PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo, Square Cash and more. 

Start with an online search for tile companies near you. Ask them if they accept digital payments and which types you can use. Then, put a strategy together to follow social distancing guidelines.

Does a tiler need to enter my home?

If the tiling job is located in your house, the tiler will need access to your home. The exception to this would be if the job was taking place in an outdoor area like a backyard.

If a tiler does need to enter your home, take strong precautions. Sanitize all surfaces, avoid being in the same room and conduct payment using digital platforms. Discuss a safety strategy with tilers in your area beforehand.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a tiler when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a tiler in your area, stay at least 6 feet away from worker(s), don’t shake hands, sanitize all involved surfaces and use digital payment platforms instead of cash or a check. During the consultation, put a plan together to help ensure everyone's safety.

Do tilers offer remote or virtual services?

Because tiling is a manual, in-person job, it is not typically considered a remote project. But if you come across a profile that states the tile company is offering remote services, ask them what those services include.

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.  

Reviews for Manhattan tiling professionals
Jeremy K.
They re-tiled a shower wall that desperately needed it. There was an issue with sourcing the tiles by our set appointment time, And they were extremely flexible in working with when the tiles would arrive. I will hire them again when we redo that same bathroom’s floor.
Martin R.
Left everything filthy. Gouged several tiles with grinder. Grout was put on too thick and there was a lot of excess on the tile surface. Spent hours cleaning up after they left.
Manuel Perez and Son's Multiple ServicesManuel Perez and Son's Multiple Services
Ellie E.
Stan was lovely, so kind and communicative! He and his colleague were able to complete the re-tiling of my bathroom floor in one day (including demo, prep, and laying the new tile). Unfortunately, many of the tiles were chipped in the process, which has slightly marred the finished look, but on the whole very happy.
Beau r.
Unique tile is very professional and did a great job.
Thumbtack Customer
Luis tiled my kitchen backsplash with some nice chevron tiles. He did a great job, and was very pleasant to work with, and responsive on a small issue that came up with the work. Final result looks great!
LAV ContractingLAV Contracting
Diana D.
Did a great job installing tiles, professional, and fair value. I would hire again.
Skyline Tile & Renovations Inc.Skyline Tile & Renovations Inc.
Jasmine B.
The tile job came out wonderful. It's now a year later and it still looks great!
Harvey W.
Walter and his team completed our tile backsplash quickly and professionally. They really paid attention to details and did an excellent job matching the tile pattern at corners. They were on-time and cleaned up well. I highly recommend NV Restorations. I plan to use them again and again.
NV Restorations LLCNV Restorations LLC
Elisa S.
We were scheduled to start our tile project when the contractor disappeared and did not answer my messages.
Steelcrete incSteelcrete inc
Angelina H.
It was a great experience working with Manuel. He did a great job polishing the tiles and removing the gout in my bathroom.
Manuel Perez and Son's Multiple ServicesManuel Perez and Son's Multiple Services
Alex L.
Arber did an amazing job with my bathroom tile installation. He was punctual, neat and experienced. Top notch workmanship.
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Tony for a fairly challenging stone tile cleaning and grouting project. He was very professional and efficient: - Provided a quote based on photos of the tiles/shower area so it didn't take multiple appointments to get the job done - Was able to schedule the work immediately - Estimated 4 hours to complete the project onsite but was able to finish faster - Offered a follow-up visit if any additional work was needed once the tile and grout was ready for use I just recommended Tony to my neighbor across the hall for similar work.
Sah M.
Cirino was great to work with, punctual, professional, (usually) nice and most importantly great quality. He tiled an entryway with marble tiles, two bathrooms and kitchen backslash with porcelain tile, engineered wood flooring in living and dining area and rerouted a truly horrific job by another tiler (iguana services) to bring it to life. I give everything a 5 except the wood floor and regrout which are more 4.85 and 4.9, respectively (you know why Cirino 😉). The quality was great and it was a pleasure working with Cirino. Heven is not cheap, but it is clear from the results the price is worth it. Would recommend.
Quality Authentic Remodeling LLCQuality Authentic Remodeling LLC
Jackie L.
Jay is a very nice man and so is his assistant Al. He is hard working nice, reasonable rates and replies to my messages in a timely manner. The 1st pic on left is my dirty kitch floor tiles and the right side is the tiles after jay cleaned it. The grout is much cleaner and no longer dirty gray color. I'd hire Jay again.
jayway carpet cleaning services LLCjayway carpet cleaning services LLC
Peter G.
Val did terrific work, did it in the time frame he estimated and for the price he quoted. I will call him for all my tiling needs.
Euro Contractors Group Inc.Euro Contractors Group Inc.
Juliana P.
Working with Cirino was a pleasure. I had an issue where I needed just one tile replaced in my shower niche. I called a number of companies but everyone was either outrageously expensive for the scope of work or had ideas that I didn’t like. Cirino worked with me to figure out what would work best to fix the tile. He even found a perfectly matching tile for me (I didn’t have extras). He was efficient and honest and gave me a very fair price. He got everything fixed in a timely fashion. He even went above and beyond and caulked a few other areas in other bathrooms in my apartment to avoid any water leak issues in the future. The work was executed very professionally. I highly recommend him. First two photos are of the broken tile. The third is of the great work to replace it (the flush finish looks better than before!)
Quality Authentic Remodeling LLCQuality Authentic Remodeling LLC
Natasha Y.
Ivanei was great. He came out the next day to quote the project and then completed the tiling project the same weekend as promised. He was professional, and the quality of his work was great.
Ivanei OliveiraIvanei Oliveira
Sara B.
Experience was a pleasure. Aurelio was prompt, responsive and did a beautiful job installing tile in my closet. Could not have asked for anything more and absolutely would recommend him.
A & A TilesA & A Tiles
Hank O.
Manuel was very responsive and was able to do the job on short notice. He was careful and thorough in deep cleaning the bathroom floor tiles which hadn't be cleaned sufficiently in many years.
Manuel Perez and Son's Multiple ServicesManuel Perez and Son's Multiple Services
Thumbtack Customer
Manuel and his son did a great job and were very thorough. They and spent as much time as was needed repairing the very old tile work in my bath. I highly recommend them!
Manuel Perez and Son's Multiple ServicesManuel Perez and Son's Multiple Services
Myron M.
Stan, the boss, is easy and straightforward to deal with, and his price is fair. Alexey, the workman he sent to do this tiling job, is skilled, pleasant, and a pleasure to work with. I will use them again. They are honest and professional.
Sergey and Michael HandymanSergey and Michael Handyman
Mark A.
I had a century old ceramic tiles in poor condition surrounding a fireplace that needed to be replaced, and I needed help. My google search lead me to Thumbtack, and subsequently to SkylineJR Maintenance. At the completion of the day long work, I could not be more pleased with the end result of the tile replacement project. I was left impressed with the skills of both the Jonathans (yes, 1 Jonathan plus another Jonathan). I’m very thankful for their high quality work, and for being lucky with my selection for the right person for the job.
Skyline Tile & Renovations Inc.Skyline Tile & Renovations Inc.
Bruce C.
Cesar showed up on time and did a beautiful job grouting the bathtub tile and left the room spotless. It’s a rental apt and it’s especially important that the bathroom is in excellent condition. Cesar did a great job. Thanks
Cesar solutionsCesar solutions
Abigail G.
Daniel Masonry was a dream to work with - so responsive and were able to come in and fix our tile work the next day. Exceptionally professional - they went above and beyond - left the workspace spotless and did an excellent, excellent job. I highly recommend!
Daniel Masonry LLCDaniel Masonry LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Manuel to regrout the floor tiles in 2 bathrooms. He and his assistant (son) did an excellent job. I am definitely hiring him again to do more work in my apartment. Highly highly recommend him.
Manuel Perez and Son's Multiple ServicesManuel Perez and Son's Multiple Services
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