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Learn Tile Installation Methods (and How it Affects Cost)

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By : Carlos Regueira    99 or more times read
The type of tile installation your tile installer uses directly affects the price of installation. It isn’t only price you need to consider, however. The type of installation your installer uses can also affect how your floor tile stands up to wear and tear and simply the test of time. As a consumer, you should understand the three basic types of tile installation so when it comes time to choose the right installer, you know what type of installation is right for you too.

Mortar and Wire Reinforcement

Mortar and wire reinforcement requires the installer to spread mortar on the floor to create a foundation. On top of the mortar, the installer uses mastic (glue) to adhere the tiles to the mortar. This type of floor installation takes more time than the other two options and therefore is also more expensive. In the long run though, this form of tile installation creates a more level and solid floor as well.


Mortarboard installation is another option. As far as quality and expense is concerned, this is the mid-level option. It is similar to mortar and wire reinforcement, except that the mortarboard is in pre-cut sheets. Using the pre-cut sheets takes the installer less time and is less expensive, but this installation method can crack the tile in vertical situations where the framing and sheetrock meet at the seams of the tile.

Glue (mastic)

You also have the option of having the tile installer glue (mastic) the tiles directly to the floor. This method takes the least amount of time and therefore is the least expensive way to install tile. The problem with this installation method is it easier for the tile to crack and break.

Other Cost Considerations

It is not just the type of installation method that changes the price of your tile installation. The complexity of the project is also a factor. If the installer has to make a lot of cuts to accommodate for corners, doors and other angles in the room, this adds to the cost. Designs and patterns also increase the cost of your installation. Quality, experience and skill of the installer can also make a difference in how much you pay. Keep in mind that you typically get what you pay for, so if you try to cut corners by hiring the least expensive installer, you may end up paying more in the long run because you have to hire another installer to fix the mistakes of the “cheaper” one.

You should shop around and compare installers. Now that you know what to look for, you can compare tile installation companies the right way and by comparing the right factors.
Versatile Flooring Inc. brings over 30 years of combined experience in providing quality floor installation and kitchen and bathroom remodeling to South Florida. We are dedicated to providing skilled work and superior customer service to each client we have the privilege of serving. Your house is your home and we enjoy creating floors, kitchens and bathrooms you’re proud to share with your friends and family.

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