Month: July 2020

Wet Rooms: Pitfalls To Avoid And Tips For A Perfect Job


As with most tiling jobs, what you do before you even start is just as important as the tiling itself. In fact, with a wet room, the preparation is the most important part. Planning is essential, check that the tiles chosen will work with the style and placement of the drain being used. Also consider the user of the wetroom, for example, is it important for the tiles to be non-slip.

The tiling will be done over a tanking membrane. A tanking system comprises of a primer, self adhesive latex tapes and water guard membranes that will line the walls stopping any water, This should result in a completely waterproof bathroom and is quite a specialist skill. Only tackle this part of the work if you are experienced in preparing wet rooms.

Plan The Whole Floor

Try to arrange the tiling pattern in such a way that you are minimising the number of cuts needed to complete the job. Setting out the floor is the most crucial part, The tiles that fall on the wetroom tray have to be cut according to the slopes of the aqua tray that has been installed below, this is known as envelope cutting, it is important to cut the tiles on a wet saw at the correct angles so the gap where the wet saw has cut can be grouted to form the seal between the tiles

Best Tile Types For Wetrooms

Ceramic tiles are not ideal if being used over a sleek, frameless drainage grill. Because of the nature of their manufacture, these tiles may show the ceramic colour underneath the glass polished finish. They are fine for creating a waterproof finish though and will suit many wet room applications.

Porcelain Tiles are harder than ceramic and therefore more difficult to cut. This does mean they are extremely resilient and maybe a better choice for a wetroom which is going to have a lot of use. With a consistent colour, they are much more likely to look sleek when used with a central or linear drainage system.

Natural Stone Tiles are just that, natural. Because of this, they might not be completely uniform and may cause slight issues where there is a very shallow fall for drainage. It is also important to make sure they are fully waterproof.

Mosaic tiles are a popular choice as they add a non slip property to the floor, they can also look aesthetically better as there are no diagonal cuts leaving al tile joints square with the outside tiles of the wetroom tray

Adhesive and grout

A good quality primer over the whole surface will avoid any danger of dust or dirt breaking your adhesive layer and help to bond the latex tapes and paints. Adhesive should be applied with a 12mm notched trowel over the whole floor. A dot and dab system will inevitably lead to problems later on, wet rooms must be 100% waterproof, and the adhesive is just one component of that. Use rapid set, flexible adhesive, ensuring it sets on the waterproof membrane.

Allow for the very best grout when costing a wet room. Top of the range wet room grout is Epoxy grout which is chemical resistant, flexible, perfectly waterproof and strong enough to withstand even the most vigorous cleaning.

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How Much Can You Earn as a Wall and Floor Tiler?

All construction trades are in demand – but that’s especially true for tilers. The UK is currently seeing a mass shortage of wall and floor tilers, which is pushing up prices and creating opportunities.

There are two directions of work for an aspiring wall and floor tiler. One is the domestic market where people remodel their own homes. The other is site work where new homes are being built.
How much tilers get paid in the UK?Tilers average around £30 – £40 per metre for fitting, or a minimum £200 per day.

That equates to between £50K-£70K per year for experienced tilers.

Professional Tilers will usually charge around £30 per metre square for fitting ceramic tiles or £200-£250 per day (In the north) or around £45 per metre (in the South) for general domestic tiling work, good tilers are usually always in demand. Think of an average bathroom which is roughly 25 square meters on the walls and 8 square meters on the floor ( 3 days work= £900), a conservatory floor tiling job would be roughly 12 square meters, this should take only a day to complete (£360). Kitchen splash backs (£200-£250) for the day, both plus material profits.

In addition to these rates above you can add extra profit by selling all the materials and adhesives the job requires to your customers due to buying with discounts through your trade accounts, so if you are thinking of starting a business this is earnings you could expect once you get established and up to speed, a £1000 – 1500 per week could be achieved.
The skills you need

  • Basic maths skills are required to calculate areas and materials, both when you create estimates for work and undertake the project.
  • A keen eye for detail. Tiling is precise work where cuts have to be measured and made accurately
  • General fitness and good health. Tiling can be quite physical especially if you have to remove old tiles in preparation for starting a job.
  • Cleanliness. You have to work cleanly to avoid stains and damage from cement adhesives.

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How to find work as a wall and floor tiler

The key to any successful business is marketing. To win as many jobs as you can, large and small, you need to network a bit. Get your name out there. Make contact with as many tradesmen and suppliers as you can.

Find the people who work in complementary trades and can tell you where tiling work might be needed.

Here are some effective ways to promote yourself for the different types of tiling work available.

Floor tiling

Introduce yourself to all the conservatory suppliers, including any window fitters that you can find, and pitch your services.

  • Consider offering a commission for every job they pass onto you.
  • Try and find your local shop fitters who are currently working on shop refurbishments. These projects usually need floor tiling done.
  • Introduce yourself to floor screeding service tradesmen, as they do floors that might soon need tiling.

Kitchen Tiling

Visit all the kitchen shops in your local area and pitch your services with cards and flyers.

Make contact with kitchen fitters and joiners. Customers always ask them to recommend a tiler after they have finished installing a kitchen.

Make contact with electricians. They rewire a lot of kitchen sockets and bathroom down lighters, and tiling will always follow this service.


Bathroom showrooms and plumbers merchants and also the actual plumbing tradesman is how you will get these jobs.

Tile shops

Tile shops obviously sell loads of tiles and will be asked all the time to recommend a tiler, so it is really important that you get in with the sales and counter staff.

Marketing options

  • Facebook. Setup a business page and promote yourself with pictures and testimonials. Include your contact details with every post.
  • Church parish magazines. Visit your local church and ask them if they do a monthly magazine or newsletter then ask them about advertising in it.
  • Estate agents. These are always looking for tradesmen for the property developers on their books, and the properties they rent.
  • Insurance companies are always looking for tradesmen to correct damaged properties, fires, floods etc. Ring the insurance companies and ask who to speak to about getting subcontracted work.
  • Checked & Vetted services. These work very well. Ask them what and how they charge for getting referrals to customers.
  • Vehicle signage. This is essential. Get yourself a van and make sure it displays your business name and contact details.
  • Setup Google pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns.

How to earn more as a tiler

If you are self-employed or thinking of going solo then having a strategy to maximise your earnings is vital

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  • Ways of finding work
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  • Handling objections
  • Understanding the marketplace
  • How not to ‘oversell’
  • Reading body language
  • Establishing common ground with your customer
  • Customer buying modes
  • Understanding reciprocation
  • Setting goals

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How to create a portfolio of your work when you’re just starting outPotential customers will be keen to see examples of your work. Yet until you’ve completed projects, there’ll be nothing to show. This isn’t a dead end, though. There are a number of ways to put together a portfolio.

Keep all of your courseworkWhilst training, you should take good quality photographs of your work. Even a small area which has been expertly tiled is evidence of your work.
Work with an established tiler

Reach out to fellow tilers. Maybe through contacts made on your course, or by contacting tradespeople in your area. Be honest with your experience too. If you get lucky, you’ll get some work which you can then evidence, to show the quality of your work.

It’s who you know

Offer to tile your Nan’s bathroom or your mate’s conservatory floor. There will be people in your network who would be happy to have their homes revitalised for a reasonable rate (or in return for a roast dinner and a couple of cold beers). Maybe that downstairs cloakroom in your own house could do with a splashback behind the sink.

Take great photos

Be sure to take plenty of photographs of all of your work. Use a photograph editor to write a few comments on the pictures explaining the job. If there has been a substantial amount of preparatory work, use some before and after shots too.

Share your work online

Now it’s time to get your portfolio out to potential customers and employers.

Create a Facebook Business Page

Using no more knowledge than most of us need for our personal social media accounts, you can create a professional looking presence one of the biggest platforms of all.

Instagram lets you take photos on your smartphone and post them immediately online for followers to see. It offers enhanced services for business as well.

How to market yourself as a professional tiler


It may sound daunting but building and hosting a website can be a cost effective and simple process. Providers such as Wix, Squarespace and GoDaddy offer complete packages with simple to use templates. You’ll just need to provide a great description of your services and some quality images.


It is still possible to have an effective Facebook page for your tiling business which is free. There are many options to pay to promote your page, and some are worth considering, where you only pay for the number of clicks your posts generate. Use your friends and family to share your page and remember to keep new content appearing regularly.


A regular blog can be a productive part of marketing yourself. Do some research and read up on popular blogs kept by other sole tradespeople. You’ll find the best ones offer advice rather than try and actively sell. If a potential customer trusts what you have to say they’ll be more likely to get in touch.


It is still free to have a Google business profile and you should absolutely have one. Set up a business account and you’ll find you can be found across searches and also via Google Maps. You can include images from your portfolio and give all your contact details.

Trade Directories

Paying to be featured on one of the new trade directory sites and apps could be lucrative. As with all digital promotion, fill your entry with as much detail and examples of your work as you can.

Ask the tile shops if they need any displays tiling for free

Tiling displays for tile shops is a great way of meeting new customers. And as the tile shop will owe you a favour, you can suggest that they pass your cards out in return.

The Tile Association

An independent body which has a directory of tilers, and their logo can add some kudos to your marketing material. They can inspect work when a dispute occurs and support you through this. Being listed as one of their approved tilers puts your name forward to the thousands of hits their website gathers each month.

Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram

All social media sites are worth having a presence on. Most offer free entry level packages for business as well as more premium packages to push your brand. Only use the social media sites which you know you will have time to post regular content on.

How plumbers can using tiling as a new source of revenue

If you are a plumber who doesn’t offer tiling services you could be missing out.

Most customers would prefer one tradesman to complete a multi-faceted job. If you are already handling their plumbing needs why not offer your customer a full bathroom installation service

Wet Rooms

Wet rooms are becoming quite mainstream in properties all over the UK, from trendy apartments to elderly and disabled bathrooms. Plumbing skills coupled with tiling skills will see you completing these kinds of jobs and raising your earnings potential. Note: the price of an average wet room is double that of a bathroom


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Patterned tiling

Patterned floor tiles, particularly those with geometric shapes, started to become really popular in the middle of the 19th century. Public buildings and illustrious villas, along with churches, were originally the places to find this touch of Victorian grandeur. They soon became fashionable and, as manufacturing costs fell, elaborately decoratively tiled floors began to filter through the classes and were soon being used in the hallways of even the most basic terraced houses. As fashions changed over the decades, these tiled floors were often covered over with carpet, or worse, taken up completely.

Inevitably, these tiles time came around again and not only are classic floors being lovingly restored, but manufacturers are happily supplying those looking to refurbish their homes with retro styled tiles.

Patchwork tile influences.

Whilst the use of decorated and geometric patterned tiles goes back to Victorian times, the influences go back further still. Designs based around gothic themes, replicating religious structures and art, often heavily embossed, were being used back in medieval times. In fact, historians point to the bright coloured, mesmerizing flooring patterns, particularly in more affluent buildings, to allay the myth that the medieval period was all about mysterious darkness. Patchwork patterns of tiles, forming elaborate larger pictures have been found on the floors of chateaus, churches and many other ancient buildings around the world. It is a testament to the interior design skills of those architects that, hundreds of years later, their designs are being replicated on modern tiles.

Many patterned and geometric tile patterns have also evolved from the intricate walls and floors of historic buildings across the Middle East. Throughout the ages, Islamic art has featured elaborate and detailed patterns, often in the form of pathwork or through the use of mosaics.

Contemporary Patchwork Tiling

Many manufacturers are becoming more adventurous with tile design. Seizing on the trends we’re talking about here, they are taking the influences of older style patterned and patchwork tiles and adding some modern twists. Many customers enjoy the feeling of being trend setters and using tile designs which are both bang up to date as well as classic. With this in mind, you will find plenty of tiles on offer which have been designed by names from the fashion houses of traditionally classy countries such as Italy. Modern manufacturing techniques offer variations in texture, finish and glazing. An apparently random selection of colourful patterns may actually be the result of some extravagant interior designing, rather than actually being random.

If your customer is looking for something a little bit different when choosing their tiles, encourage them to have a think about maybe mixing the ideas together for a unique effect.

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