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Old 04-18-2012, 12:39 AM
 
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Has anyone got a good tile installer who's cheap but does good work? I'll do the grouting and sealing. I'm looking for soemone to lay the tile. I have had back surgery so laying tile is no longer something I can do much of. I'm looking to do near 3,000 sq ft.

Thanks
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:36 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Check the local business and service directory in the newspaper. Also you can contact some of the flooring companies. They have tile contractors they can recommend.
Colour Tile – 941-764-7200
Friendly Floors – 941-624-0077
Murdock Flooring – 941-235-9300
Robert Jones Ceramic Tile LLC – 941-204-2444
Roy’s Flooring & Décor – 941-639-9970
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:23 AM
 
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a guy I know charges 1.59 sq ft laid square or 1.89 diamond.

equating cheap and good is a tough combo
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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Has anyone got a good tile installer who's cheap but does good work? I'll do the grouting and sealing. I'm looking for soemone to lay the tile. I have had back surgery so laying tile is no longer something I can do much of. I'm looking to do near 3,000 sq ft.

Thanks
AND.........what makes you think it will be easy being on your knees grouting 3000sq. ...........LOL You have me sore, just thinking about it.

Get 'em to do it all,and have a couple beers watching.

PS..........go diagonal. You'll love it
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I shopped around plenty, and Lowes was the best price by far (not including fly-by-night guys). I think it was $2.49/sq. for cleaning, laying and grouting. They use local contractors and Lowes guarantees the work. The contractor who did mine said he normally charges $7.50/sq, but lowes gets him most of his business and is stuck with whatever they pay him. The whole house tile job looks perfect. It is very hard to find decent contractors for anything down here, but if a contractor does sub-par work Lowes would not keep them around long.

In my searches I found unlicensed guys willing to lay for about $1/sq....if you want to take a chance that would save some serious $$ on a job your size. All you have to do is check Craigslist for them.
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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If he "normally" charges $7.50 sq...........he can't be busy. That's outrageous. Maybe he's full of kaka !!!!!
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:40 PM
 
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yeah, he's smokin grass. $7.50 is unheard of. He's just stroken ya! My best friends son is a mason and tile guy for 25 years and has worked for others as well as for him self and he's never heard anything in that range. He did my house here in GA but he's not gonna be able to do the BSI house. Actually, I asked 2 differnt contractor who were doing work on some spec houses out here and they both said they get $1 a sq for tile and $1.50 for travertine, marble etc.. I'm hoping to fine someone in the area once we move in. I also have to take up about 2,000 sq of old tile first. Its gonna suck!
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:08 AM
 
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Yikes! Taking up old tile DOES suck! Been there, done that. Our's wouldn't budge. it was all sledgehammered into pieces and scooped up. The dust was EVERYWHERE!
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Yeah, that $7.50 sounds like BS, but I stopped in a few tile places on rt41 and about $5/sq was the average answer. Coming from NJ at the time those prices were not surprising as that is what you pay up there. If you can find someone for $1/sq GREAT, but I would ask to see some of his work, and never pay up front. I have seen some horrible tile jobs in my house searches. Anyway, that house was built for my dad, and I wanted it perfect.

In my own house I dreaded pulling up my old tile but it turned out to be a breeze since the old floor was terrazzo...that glossy polished cement. One good tap and the tiles popped up whole. I had to take extra steps to make sure the new tile will stick, but 'thought' I saved a ton doing the tile job myself. If I can find a reasonable terrazzo refinisher I might keep that in the bedrooms....but if you find a good tile layer for $1 please let me know, I want to do the whole lanai.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Anthem, AZ
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Any updates on this thread? We're still looking to get our countertops re-done with tile.
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