About Cheaper Is Not Better
Often these days, general contractors and homeowners can be enticed with a low installation bid and go for the low price that they feel is too good to pass up. They assume that the installer is qualified and will do good work, but they really don’t have any idea if it’s true or how to even verify their qualifications. If the client is unlucky, the tile installation could end up being a problem with the tile installed in an unsatisfactory manner with poor workmanship in regard to layout, cutting, and fitting. Even worse, the installation may look ok on the surface, but can be hiding potentially devastating flaws that will eventually cause a failure.
The client could be left with a project that likely needs to be completely redone or be very expensive to repair. The installing tile contractor may or may not be willing to fix the problem. When there is a problem, it’s not only the cost to redo the work that is costly, which likely will be several times higher than the initial price, but the inconvenience and the loss of time that can never be recovered is another cost when there is a problem. Nobody wins in these scenarios and the tile industry is left with a negative story about a bad tile job.
Avoid these types of scenarios by vetting the installers and their bids and verify that the tile installation contractor is qualified. A quality tile contractor will usually have a higher price than the low bids. Ask the companies bidding if they use installers that are Certified Tile Installers (CTI), or if they have Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT), or are their installers ITS Verified through the University of Ceramic Tile and Stone, meaning that their installers have taken the 5 hour Tile Installer Thin-set Standards Verification (ITS) online course available at www.UofCTS.org. Remember the old saying “you get what you pay for.” A cheap tile installation price will not do anyone any good if it’s not installed correctly, which can end up costing much more in the long run.