Get Professional Tile Installation in Essex County, Massachusetts

Pretty much every home and commercial building in Massachusetts features at least some tile, and with good reason. Tile flooring is an elegant and durable option that can enhance any décor. It is especially suitable for high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and foyers, as it can withstand wear and tear. But as durable as it may be, especially options such as ceramic and porcelain, that doesn't mean your tile floors will remain in perfect condition forever.

If your tile flooring has seen better days or you're simply ready for a refreshed look, our team of expert Essex County handyman service professionals at Mr. Handyman can help with expert tile installation. Essex County homeowners and business owners, contact us today to learn how we can help revitalize your home by replacing your tile or installing a brand-new tile floor around Essex, Boston, Peabody, and West Medford, MA.

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Our Services for Tile Installation Essex County Can Rely On

Whether your Essex County tile installation is part of a larger project such as a bathroom or kitchen remodel, you want to replace a tile floor that is no longer looking its best, or you want a new tile installation to replace another type of flooring material, it's important to have it done by a professional handyman with plenty of experience in tile services. The process may seem simple on the surface (no pun intended!), but getting beautiful, long-lasting results requires a steady hand and lots of practice. The handyman experts at Mr. Handyman of South Essex County have an average of 20+ years of experience in repair, remodeling and installation trades, including tile installation, so we know how to get the job done correctly with outstanding results—you've never seen more even grout lines!

Before installing a tile floor, proper subfloor preparation is necessary to prevent water and structural damage and to ensure a long-lasting floor. We ensure that the foundation for your new floor is stable and secure before we begin the process of Essex County tile installation. Once we have laid the tiles and allowed the mortar to set, we apply grout to complete the look. After a few weeks, we will return to apply a grout sealant, which helps prevent stains and water damage. Our team of tile installers has expertise in installing a wide range of types of tiles, including:

  • Laminate tile
  • Ceramic tile
  • Slate tile
  • Porcelain tile
  • Marble tile
  • Natural stone tile
  • Mosaic tile

Choose Our Team for Expert Workmanship and Trusted Customer Service

Are you searching far and wide for tile installation near me? Look no further than the trusted professionals at Mr. Handyman of South Essex County. We have the skill and expertise to handle Essex County tile installation and deliver the best quality results, even in irregularly shaped rooms and difficult-to-reach areas.

Our team doesn't just take care of tile installation. Essex County property owners can count on us for a wide variety of other helpful repair, maintenance, improvement and installation services, including drywall repair, door repair, bathroom remodels, wood rot repair, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and much more. We also offer reliable commercial handyman services to the business owners of South Essex County.

If you're interested in finding out more about our services in general or Essex County tile installation in particular, give us a call today to chat with our knowledgeable customer care staff and schedule an appointment with a qualified handyman. We look forward to meeting you!

Frequently Asked Questions About Essex County Tile Installation

Is Tile Repair or Tile Replacement the Best Option?

Several factors must be considered when deciding whether you should invest in tile installation or repair. To help make the decision easier, we have created a list of pros and cons for both options:

Tile Repair Pros

  • Lower Cost: Cracked tile repair is generally less expensive than installing a new tile floor if you have access to extra tile. With Mr. Handyman's replacement services, you can save on the cost of expensive equipment needed for a larger tile project.
  • Faster Repairs: Our skilled professionals can efficiently replace your tile floor in just a few hours, including regrouting for a seamless finish. Compared to installing a fully brand-new tile floor, replacing smaller sections of a tile floor is usually faster and less expensive.

Tile Repair Cons

  • Mismatched Repairs: Replacing tile floors can be challenging and requires a professional's expertise and specialized tools. Achieving a seamless look can be difficult since it involves matching new tiles to existing ones. If the style of your current tile is no longer available, finding a suitable match can be a challenge, resulting in a visible mismatch.

Tile Installation Pros

  • New Floors: One of the best ways to revamp a tired-looking home is by installing a new tile floor.
  • Aesthetics and Durability: Investing in a tile floor can also pay off when selling your home. Even though it's not waterproof, tile flooring can withstand liquids and heavy foot traffic and is relatively easy to maintain. Tile flooring is available in various colors, sizes, and styles, so it's easy to find one that suits your home décor.

Tile Installation Cons

  • Larger Investment: To replace your old tile floor with a new one, you must make a larger initial investment than simply repairing the existing floor. However, a new tile floor is a durable option that can provide a good return on investment in the long run.
  • Messy and Time Consuming: Removing the old tile floor, preparing the subfloor, and installing tiles can be time-consuming, messy, and labor-intensive. Subfloor repairs may also be necessary, which could add to the time and complexity of the job. Nevertheless, Mr. Handyman has the experience and expertise to complete your tile installation project efficiently and effectively.

If you're not completely sure which option is best for your property, get in touch with us and let us know about your concerns. We can offer a professional recommendation based on our decades of experience so you get the results you're looking for. Whether you need tile installation or tile repair, our team has the skills to get the job done right.

Where Can I Find a Matching Tile to Replace One Damaged Piece?

When you have one or two tiles that are damaged, and the rest are in good shape, it may seem like the easiest and most cost-effective solution is to just buy a couple of matching tiles and replace only the ones that are damaged. That makes sense in theory, but in practice, it's usually much harder than people suspect to find a perfect match.

There are a few reasons why it's so difficult to find matching tiles. First, tiles are discontinued fairly frequently, so that exact design may not be available anymore. Even if it's not discontinued, tiles are manufactured in lots, and there can be differences from lot to lot, so the same tile from a different lot may not be exactly the same color. You may also not know the exact manufacturer and style that you have installed, and there are many thousands of options out there, so the search can be difficult.

The best-case scenario is that a few extra tiles were saved when the initial Essex County tile installation was done, but even if you do have spares, they may not be a perfect match anymore.

What Size Is Best for My Tile Installation in Essex County?

The easiest way to figure out what size of tile will look best is by focusing on matching the size of the individual tiles to the size of the space that is being tiled. For example, a tile installation on a relatively small surface area, such as the floor of a small bathroom, looks great with smaller options, such as mosaic tiles or small squares, because they give the room some depth and don't look too busy. Mosaic tiles are also a great choice for a shower floor, especially one that is sloped or curved, because they are small enough to conform to a curved surface, and all that grout provides some extra traction.

The "standard" size for tiles is 12 by 12 inches, and that's generally a safe choice for most types of tile installation. But if your installation is going on a larger surface area, such as the floor of a large room, consider the option of a large-format tile. It gives a smoother, cleaner look than small tiles across a large area, and as a bonus, larger tiles may actually make a room feel a bit larger. Keep in mind that you can also consider alternative tile shapes to get attractive and unique results. If you're looking for something outside the box, honeycomb, herringbone, or a wide variety of other options may be right for your home.

Is There a Difference Between Grouting and Caulking?

Grouting and caulking are both important parts of the tile installation process, but they serve different purposes. Grout is a cement-based product that goes between the tiles to space them out from each other and forms a strong masonry bond with the substrate under the tiles. Caulk is a semi-flexible material that is typically made of silicone or acrylic. It is applied along the edge of a tile installation where it meets another material, like drywall or in corners where two surfaces form a 90-degree angle.

Can Essex County Tile Installation Be Done Without Grout Lines?

Homeowners sometimes ask us about this because they don't like the way grout lines look or don't like the chore of trying to keep grout clean and would prefer to have the tiles laid in mortar right next to each other. While this may seem like a good idea at first, you would probably not be happy with the results over time, and the installation would not be up to the highest industry standards. Love it or hate it, there are some key reasons why grout is a necessary part of any Essex County tile installation:

  • Tiles may look perfectly uniform in size and shape, but anyone who is experienced with tile installation will tell you that's not the case. The reason they look uniform is that the grout accommodates small differences between the tiles and makes them look that way, so without grout lines, it'll be pretty obvious that the tiles are not identical.
  • Buildings shift over time as part of the natural settling process, and grout lines give some "wiggle room" to allow for that movement to occur. Without grout lines, tiles will grind against each other and crack or pop loose from the mortar.
  • No matter how perfectly the tiles are fitted together, there will be small cracks between them that will attract tons of dirt and grime particles, and after a few weeks, the floor will never really look clean again.

For all those reasons and more, we won't complete an Essex County tile installation without grout lines. We will, however, seal the grout lines so they are much easier to clean and don't get dirt ground into them that makes them look permanently grimy and grungy. If you still can't stand the thought of grout, you may want to consider a different material, such as luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) that are made to mimic the look of real tiles but don't require grout lines.

Can You Walk On a New Floor Tile Installation as Soon as It's Complete?

You may be tempted to try out your new tile floor right away, but it's really important to keep everything off of it, including your feet, for at least 24 hours. In some cases, your handyman may advise you not to walk on it for longer than that. This is because the thinset mortar needs a minimum of 24 hours to harden and cure. If you step on it before that, the mortar underneath the tiles will still be soft, and the tiles will sink in where you step, causing the surface to be uneven and look really bad. If that happens, a large portion of the surface will need to be redone. Before the tile installation begins, plan to give it ample time to dry. If it's in a portion of your house that you need to walk through to go about your daily routines, it may be best to actually stay overnight at another location following your Essex County tile installation.

Call Us for Experienced Essex County Tile Installation Near Me

Mr. Handyman of South Essex County provides exceptional tile installation and replacement services for homeowners around Essex, Boston, Peabody, and West Medford, MA. Our team of experts has the knowledge and experience to help you decide whether tile replacement or installation is the best investment for your home. Whether you want to invest in kitchen or shower tile installation or replace portions of existing tile, contact us today to schedule an appointment and get your tile project done right the first time. Schedule your service now!

Mr. Handyman of South Essex County proudly serves Beverly, Boston, Chelsea, Danvers, Essex, Everett, Gloucester, Hamilton, Hathorne, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Middleton, Nahant, NewburyNewburyport, Peabody, Prides Crossing, Revere, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, South Hamilton, Stoneham, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield, Wenham, West Medford.

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