Tile & Stone Contractors
Ceramic and stone tile installation can be complicated. Let our expert contractors take care of your most complex job. With competitive rates and high quality supplies. Choose Bob’s Floors for your next tiling job.
There’s virtually no limit to what you can do with professional tile installation at Bob’s Floors. Our specialists are up-to-date on the latest trends and industry standards, with the experience to think outside of the box.
Bob’s Tile and stone installation professionals and contractors are local, licensed, insured, and undergo a thorough background-screening process.
How Does Our Tiling Contractor Service Work?
- Pick your tile or stone.
- Schedule in-home measurement and assessment
- Get your Quote
- Buy tile and pay for a deposit on installation
- We install the floor or wall tile
We set up your installation appointment within 24-48 hours of your purchase. Our local, licensed installers take care of everything to get your new flooring installed. Most flooring installations are completed in 1 day.
How long for tile installation?
Installing new tiles is a multi-step process that typically takes 1-3 days, depending on the space and size of your project. First, you must prep the surface, ensuring it is clean, flat, and ready for tile installation.
Next, you set the tile with mortar based on your tile type. Lastly, you grout the tile and apply a sealer. This final step will vary by tile, as most ceramic and porcelain tiles don’t need to be sealed, but all unglazed tiles need to be sealed before they are grouted.
The grout you use will also vary based on the size of your joints, as sanded grout will need to be applied for wider joints, and unsanded grout is suitable for thinner joints. There are multiple options and tools for each step of the tile installation process.
Each step must be done correctly and efficiently, with the right products for your tile. Our tile contractors have the experience to get the job done correctly and as quickly as possible.
Subfloor, thin-set application, measurement, spacers, grouting, and tile sealing.
How to choose the right tile:
Tile is classified by hardness and durability for foot traffic, known as a PEI Rating. Different rooms of your home require a certain durability. Following this rating will help you make the proper selection.
For example, rooms that receive heavy foot traffic will need a harder and denser tile than a room that doesn’t get much traffic. The PEI rating ranges from 1 to 5, with 1 receiving no foot traffic (wall tile), to 5, which receives heavy foot traffic (like a commercial floor).
Depending on the room and traffic, most residential floors will need a 2 or 3 rating tile. For example, your bathroom might receive a small amount of foot traffic (2), but your kitchen floor sees a much heavier traffic flow and needs a three-rated tile.
You’ll also want to learn how slip-resistant your tile is, known as the Coefficient of Friction. On a scale of 1-10, a tile with a 10 rating will be the most slip-resistant. Again, our professional tile installers are here to help you make the proper selection.
Porcelain vs ceramic:
Porcelain tile is denser and more durable than ceramic tile and often has a higher PEI Rating. However, porcelain also absorbs less water; therefore, ceramic is not suited for outdoor use.
That means porcelain is an excellent choice for bathrooms, high traffic rooms, and exteriors, but stone is the best option for exterior tile since it is a natural material. In addition, ceramic tile is softer than porcelain, making it easier to cut for installation and an excellent choice for projects on a tight budget.
Do I need to install a subfloor?
The subfloor is the floor layer directly under your flooring and above your floor joist. It exists to provide support for your flooring and creates a smooth, flat surface for your installation project. Concrete offers a stable subfloor for tile installation, but plywood is not recommended, as it can expand and contract. The backer board will provide extra stability for your subfloor. In addition, our installation professionals are equipped to answer your questions before your tile installation project begins.