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Tile Materials Estimator App for Ceramic Tile Floor & Wall Installation

Cool Tile Design and Tile Materials Estimator App

It's a tile floor design tool. There are six simple steps to designing your ceramic tile floor, and when you are done, you get a report estimating your materials needed. For accuracy they suggest you carefully measure the area you want tiled first and make sure you account for any "non-tile" areas within the flooring design. It's really easy, and you can play with different sized tile, different patterns and even borders! 

I also wanted to let you folks know that Tile Excellence is actually running a special on summer back splashes for the next two weeks. You can email Chris @ tile_excellence@yahoo.com or call him directly at  [978 471-9127] to book your backsplash!  Last time I ran this special he booked within a few days, so be quick! Oh-and he's still running a summer long special on pool tile repair.

If you read his testimonials page on Tile Excellence you'll see he's posted some of the actual backsplash prices with the finished pictures. He's also written a couple of posts here with costs of the backsplash included. He's very reasonable, and starting next week, he's even more reasonable (for a limited time only)! 

Now one last precautionary word before you start using this tool. I only tested it a few times, and I kept it simple so it seems easy. Your ceramic tile floor installation project may be more complicated, so take the design and the amount of materials you'll need with a grain of salt-this app only approximates the design and materials list.  This little app does come right from the NTCA, which is the National Tile Contractors Association, so it should be reliable. For another opinion, use the formulas Chris posted yesterday below. They're for flooring and wall tile installation. It's a step by step formula for figuring out how much tile you'll need for your project. He's pretty accurate-he does it every single day! 

So the first link below takes you to the app and it's instructions. The second link is to a cool site which also estimates tile installation costs, but it also shows you estimated prices on tons of other things aside from flooring, so check it out if you ever wondered how much a .........fill in the blank. Enjoy! Diana





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Unbelivable prices for flooring in my town




A friend of mine in Rockport mass. who has referred me many jobs over the last 2 years, called me to come do atub shower tile job. The square footage of the job was 50 sq ft plus 16 liner ft. of bullnose. I charged him $ 350.00 and completed the job in 5 hours a good job for me.

They were not sure what they wanted to put on their 35 sq ft bathroom floor.After completing the tub,I asked About the floor.The wife told me she didn't think they could afford tile on the floor and would have to do linoleum . She was talking with a very well known Family flooring company in Gloucester ma (my town) the next town over. I asked more about what they would get and the cost. Unbelievably the cost for linoleum for 35 sq ft was $700!!!COME ON how do these people sleep at night?My friend is a good hard working ethical homeowner living on a semi retired income.I told the wife to go get 40 sq ft of porcelain tile from Home Depot $40 3 sheets of 3ft by 5 ft hardy board hardy board $30 1 lb 2 inch roof nails$3 and 15 lbs sanded grout $13. I charged her $135 for labor , completed her job in 2 hours more that day.She had a floor installed material and all for $211 and I made $68 per hour more that day.Now my question to readers and contractors out there Whats your opinion on this??I do tile every day and have for over 30 years and am very quick and have a lot of tricks in my tool bag to expedite the job. But the kind of prices being charged out there are just plain crazy. I advise ANYONE who is having work done in their home to shop a while see you options and talk to at least 3 or more tradesmen until you find the best fit. Don't get caught up in smooth talk and salesmanship and pay dearly. And if its a tile job feel free to contact me any time for the lowdown on what I know best   I wont solicit you just give you my advice like I do every day through this blog no strings attached.  Thanks Chris


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Building Community Resource Based on Sharing Tile Experience

Hi Everyone!

And yes, I said welcome to OUR blog because that's what I hope this becomes.-a shared community resource.   I hope to share experiences and opinions based on my 30+ years experience as a tile guy, to hopefully help consumers from expensive or disastrous mistakes. I'll answer some tile questions from yahoo, like this one on installing tile over linoleum, or a customer looking to find the average cost of tile installation in the North East. I'll try and keep a running list of topics answered. If I run across a good tip or resource for other hard-working small business owners, I'll post it here.

But mostly, I am hoping to here from you people-the potential tile installation or bathroom remodeling customers who need honest, free, no-strings attached, professional advice to their upcoming projects.  And hopefully, we'll build a useful database for others to search for answers. I am open to suggestions or feedback on this site too. I can use the help!

Oh, I did want to mention, anything I say here is intended as an opinion only. I suggest you get lots of opinions, then come to your own conclusion.  I do not endorse or recommend YOU do anything...I am just sharing what I would do.

Thanks!
-Chris


UPDATED MESSAGE: November 30, 2014

This was the first blog entry from Chris back in Dec. of 2010. I thought it appropriate to re post this initial entry as a reminder of the intention of this DIY and Consumer Tile Help Blog. Chris shares his 30+ years experience as a tile installer. He tries to do so honestly and without selfish motivation, and as he is a passionate southern, he sometimes says what he thinks without concern for ruffled feathers. That's how he rolls, and so he makes it clear, His is but ONE opinion, one perspective, one tile installer's experience. He doesn't claim to know it all, and we have made this blog open to other's feedback and perspectives. Sometimes people disagree, and that's fine. We invite respectful feedback, even invite it sometimes, and we even like a little controversy-shaking it up a bit. 

I put one of Chris's recent posts on hold after initially publishing it and getting responses pointing out some potential misinformation on our part. I take the blame for that because I had not done my research before Chris posted it. I came a little late on the scene, so I do apologize to everyone, especially Chris, and I thank the tile guys that kindly pointed things out so we could catch ourselves just in case. I will have Chris go through it when he has a minute, and I will do what I should have done prior to posting. We'll keep you posted.  Thank you. Again, my mistake; I apologize. Diana
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It is so nice hearing about other tile professional's experiences and seeing materials and how-to instruction; very enlightening. That's what this blog is all about; sharing experiences, ideas and advise for consumers and DIY project enthusiasts. Thanks!

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