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How Much Do Tilers Charge?

What’s the going rate for wall and floor tilers? How much do tilers charge? And do they charge per job, charge per day, or charge per square meter?

We asked our forum members on TilersForums.com and found that we had a massive response from actual genuine wall and floor tilers right across the UK.

Do Tilers Charge Different Prices for Walls than Floors? Or Different Tile Sizes?

We found our thread got just over 295 replies when we asked them. We found that a lot of tilers will charge per job if it’s a domestic bathroom or kitchen or floor.

But then if it’s commercial they’ll get paid per meter as that’s what the company employing them will request in most cases.

Then if it’s a small job, perhaps a day rate. And the day rates seem to change massively depending on how busy the tiler is, where they’re based, how much competition there is in the area, and what tiles are being used etc.

How Much Do Tilers Charge?
How Much Do Tilers Charge?

How do I find out how much they charge?

Visit the forum and read the thread here.

How do I get a tiling quote from a tiler?

You can post your job to the forum here. It’s free of charge. We don’t charge you or the tiler anything at all for this service. There’s no commission to be paid like with some ‘rate my builder’ and ‘check my builder’ websites.

You can research the tilers who reply to your request via the forum. You can see their profiles, how much activity they’ve had on the forum, which sort of jobs they’ve done in the past, how knowledgeable they are by reading their tiling advice threads etc.

Recent tilers that have created listings on the forum

  • We are looking for a reliable and competent tiler to carry out our bathroom tiling works. We are looking for someone with attention to detail and great customer service skills. We carry out 15-20 bathrooms a year many with full tilling. The spec of these bathrooms can vary but many of them are high end […]
  • Looking to add a BADASS tiler to our team! Must be clean . Professional , enthusiastic, and a good attitude. London 07527748837
  • Hi all. We have two walk in showers. Based in Elstree Hertfordshire / North London. Both need to take old grout out and re-grout with appropriate Mapei epoxy grout. Also, would need both drains sealed and tanked (will explain when we speak) If you reach the area and have Epoxy grouting experience please get in […]
  • I need a tiler in SAFFRON WALDEN for full floor to ceiling in 2 bathrooms in the same property. starting on the 24th may
  • Hello, I am trying to source Travertine tiles to match the current ones in my bathroom. In essence I bought a flat and need to install new shower/ sink etc. The previous homeowner kindly left us 6 tiles but apparently I need a few more to complete the project. The previous homeowner also informed me […]
  • Tiler needed March 2021 I have a small flat in lytham, I need the small bathroom/wet room tiling and a small kitchen. Please contact with availability.
  • Durham Tiling is a residential and commercial tiling contractor specialising in the fitting of ceramic, porcelain, marble, stone and mosaic tiles. We also provide a full bathroom fitting service. We are based in Durham, in the North East of England and have over 20 years of experience in the trade. We provide a professional and […]
  • David Howe is a professional tiler in Newton Aycliffe, who specialises in all natural stone tiles, ceramics, porcelains and all types of tiling work for both walls and floors. Though the service doesn’t stop there! David offers a wider range of services including underfloor heating installation, wetrooms, tanking and mosaic tiling for walls, floors or […]
  • EXPERIENCED TILER All About Building is a small family owned and operated business. We work all across the Macomb County Area, and in many different trade fields. We have a ton of incoming leads for upcoming projects, and we are looking for experienced tile layer to join our team, and help up keep up with […]
  • Good morning all. I hope you are well. I am in need of a tiler ASAP after having a horrendous experience with a couple of tilers. One just said said he was coming and kept calling us saying he was coming but just never showed up. This other guy was a totally different kettle of […]

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Tile Adhesive - Most used tile adhesive brand

Most Used Tile Adhesive Brands from 2007 to 2019

TilersForums.com has hosted an annual ‘most used tile adhesive brand’ poll for each year from 2007 to 2019, bar 2014 for some reason. We’ve seen some brands come and go in that time. Some changed positions massively, some stayed pretty much the same. There’s a table below showing you which tile adhesive brands were most used each year.

Which tile adhesive brand has won the most?

Mapei is the tile adhesive brand that has won the poll the most. They won in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and then 2019.

Is this the most used tile adhesive for both professional tilers and DIY tilers?

Well, the forum mostly has professional wall and floor tilers registered. There are DIY tilers included in the totals but the percentage will always be weighted towards professionals. The names of the professionals over the years have mostly been the same, but the DIY tilers will come and go over time.

Which is the most used tile adhesive for 2020?

We’re yet to run this poll. We’ll no doubt blog about it once it’s up and running, and we’ll let members of the forum know about it.

How do I vote on this years tile adhesive poll?

If you’re not registered, head over to the forum and register for free to get involved in the next adhesive poll. We’ll find out together which is the most used tile adhesive brand of 2020.

Is the ‘most used adhesive brand’ different from the ‘best tile adhesive’ to use when tiling?

It can be. The most used literally means we’ve asked people to tell us which adhesive they used most. NOT which adhesive they would have preferred to have used, or they thought was the best for the type of tiling they did mostly in a said year.

If a tile shop local to them does one brand, and they get a lot of customers from that shop, then that could be different to the brand they prefer to use if they have the choice themselves.

What are the adhesive classifications?

Adhesive classifications help specifiers and tilers specify which adhesive is required for a job, depending on the substrate (surface to be tiled) and the tile type that’s going to be used.
– C; Cementitious – Whether C1 (cementitious) or C2 (improved cementitious) – Both powder adhesives. Both you mix with only water.
– D; Dispersion – Either D1 (dispersion of the ‘standard’ strength) or D2 (improved strength dispersion adhesive) classifications. Both are ready-mixed adhesives in a tub. Both cure / set by the water evaporating out of the adhesive. Not recommended for large wall tiles or floors.
– E; Extended open timeE classification adhesive will not start to cure too quickly when spread with a trowel on the substrate. Handy for slower DIY tilers or perhaps commercial tiling jobs with large areas to tile.
– F; Fast setting – so the opposite of classification E classification, F classification is for fast-setting adhesives. Perfect for tiling jobs that need completing quickly. Or perhaps tiling in low temperatures where C or D classified adhesives wont set quick enough.
– S; Improved flexibility S classification adhesive has additives in it that make it flexible. S1 classification is for standard flexible adhesive, and S2 classification is for ultra-flexible adhesive. These are used when tiling to substrates that expand and retract, like plywood for example, or perhaps when using underfloor heating, whether electric under the tiles, or water under the substrate.
– T; Reduced Slip – T classification is for reduced slip tile adhesives. Large tiles require it, heavy tiles require it. Tiling walls with no tile supports of any type is a lot easier when using T classified adhesive.

Ready-mixed (dispersion) or powder, which one do I need?

In nearly all cases when tiling a complete floor or wall, powder adhesive that cures chemically is favoured by most tilers. Whether DIY or professional. But in some cases, like when a small amount of tiles are being used, or perhaps when DIY aren’t too comfortable mixing their own adhesive, or either pro or DIY wish to work slowly and keep putting the lid back on the adhesive, then dispersion (so ready-mixed) is the way to go.

YearMost Used Tile Adhesive
2007BAL
2008BAL
2009BAL
2010Mapei
2011Mapei
2012Mapei
2013Weber
2014Unknown
2015Mapei
2016Tilemaster
2017Tilemaster
2018Tilemaster
2019Mapei
Most used Tile Adhesive brands from 2007 – 2019 / Source: TilersForums.com

How does the Tile Adhesive poll work?

TilersForums.com has held the adhesive poll each year. As it comes to the end of each year we write down all the adhesive brands mentioned in the forum, then create a poll.

We then email out the poll so that members can come and vote. They tend to vote for the brand they used most that year, rather than the brand they preferred. Which is mostly the same, but not always.

Due to their most local tile shop perhaps stocking a brand that wouldn’t be their first choice, but is fine, they will vote for the one they used most, so the one from their most local tile shop perhaps.

Another similar reason for voting for the most used tile adhesive brand rather than their preferred or most trusted adhesive and grout brand is perhaps due to their customers finding the tiles before the tiler, and then the tile shop that the customer found their tiles in has recommended an adhesive brand and the customer has bought and paid for the adhesives already.

What are the names of some of the adhesive manufacturers?

The names of some of the adhesive manufacturers over the years include (but are not limited to):-

  • Tilemaster Adhesive
  • Mapei Adhesive
  • BAL Adhesive
  • Ultra Adhesive
  • Weber Adhesive
  • Kerakoll Adhesive
  • Ardex Adhesive
  • Rocotex Adhesive
  • Palace Adhesive
  • Granfix Adhesive
  • Sovereign Adhesive
  • Dunlop Adhesive
  • Laticrete Adhesive
  • Bostik Adhesive
  • Norcross Adhesive
  • Nicobond Adhesive
  • Larsen Adhesive
  • Isomat Adhesive
  • Biscem Adhesive
  • Profix Adhesive
  • PCI Adhesive
  • Benfer Adhesive
  • Brit Adhesive
  • Python Adhesive
  • Butech Adhesive

Some of the other names might be related to home-brands in tile shops. So there’s a Topps Adhesive and perhaps even a B&Q home-brand, but they’ll nearly always be manufactured by existing adhesive companies and perhaps even the same as their named brands, but with re-branded packaging.

Which adhesive will I use on a tiling course?

Tiling Courses often use….

What are the common types of adhesives?

Dispersion adhesive cures by evaporation. So this is ready mixed in a tub upto 15kg (10ltr) and you can keep putting the lid back on the adhesive during tiling to slow the setting process down to give you enough time to do a wall a day for example.

Powder adhesive cures chemically once water is added. This will be a powder you mix with water, or powder you mix with an additive (to make it very flexible). Once it’s mixed it starts to cure.

So you tend to need to set out for tiling before mixing, make sure you’re ready to use the whole batch, and don’t ever mix more powder or water into the adhesive. You’ll need to throw a slightly cured adhesive away and mix fresh rather than do that.

The Tile Association

Who Are The Tile Association?

The Tile Association (TTA) was set up in January 2000 when a combination of Tiling bodies came together to set up the Association.

Since it was formed twenty years ago it has doubled in size and now has around 1000 members which are tilers, suppliers, shops and more. It is an Association for the whole tiling industry not just tilers themselves.

The headquarters of The Tile Association are in Stone, Staffordshire and the aim of it is to provide a well qualified and very skilled workforce across the tile industry from tilers to retailers and everyone in between. Many of the original members of the TTA board helped to establish the British Standards in tiling and now the TTA members themselves follow those standards.

How Can The Tile Association Help Me?

I am a Tiler.

If you are a tiler then joining the TTA might be something you wish to consider. If you join them there is a membership fee and you will be featured on their directory. You will also have access to seminars and business advice. Their advice is impartial, however you can join TilersForums.com for free and get the same advice from over 6000 tilers and maybe even make a new friend or two.

The Tile Association

I want tiling work doing.

If you or your business need some tiling work doing in your home, office or leisure facility then The Tile Association can also help you too. The TTA has a directory which you can use to find a Tiler that provides the services that you need – whether it is a larger format tiler, mosaic tiler, home tiler and more. Just search the location you are in and Tilers will show up with the skills they have and their contact details.

You can also post on TilersForums.com that you are looking for a tiler and the job you need doing too.

NVQ Level 2 in Wall and Floor Tiling

NVQ Level 2 in Wall and Floor Tiling is the standard in Tiling Courses. Below are a few common questions and answers regarding the NVQ in Tiling.

Can I find the NVQ Level 2 in Wall and Floor Tiling at my local College?

Probably not no. But it is worth trying. There is no actual list of tiling courses at colleges, whether NVQ or not. But check your local college, but also check independent training centres too.

Can I get the NVQ Level 2 in Wall and Floor Tiling via OSAT (On Site Assessment Training)?

Yes, if you’re already working as a wall and floor tiler, or have a placement with a tiling company, then you can use your tiling work to complete your NVQ files to an NVQ Assessors standard, and then complete your NVQ that way.

Do I need an NVQ to actually tile in customers houses?

No, not at all. Domestic tiling doesn’t require you to have an NVQ in Tiling. You can actually just print off business cards and call yourself a tiler with no formal experience or training. (Which is a problem for sure!) But that isn’t advised.

Make sure you complete some form of training because trading standards can still come knocking if you’re carrying out poor unsafe works in the domestic setting.

Should I just look for a local tiling course instead of looking for an NVQ?

Most do. You can attend short courses with independent training centres who show you how to tile to a good standard, show you some business advice, marketing advice, get you some discounts on your first tools and that kind of thing. Then go practice on your own home and friends and family. Then advertise as a tiler, take all calls no matter what the jobs, but then the jobs that are too big for you, pass onto another tiler providing you can labour for them and gain some tiling skills. This relationship would work dividends down the line when you need two tilers on a job one day.

At that point could I gain an NVQ?

Doing it this way you’d be able to go via the OSAT route. You’d just need an assessor to come out and assess you periodically to complete your tiling portfolio.

NVQ Course Feedback and Training Information

  • Please always do your research before committing to any type of trades training courses. Whether it’s tiling courses, electrical courses, plumbing courses, whatever.
  • Pay on credit card where you need to make payments before you attend.
  • Speak to previous course trainees to see if it worked for them and whether they managed to actually get into the trade via the same route you did.
  • Be wary when a ‘College’ or training centre has a sales push on you. Those won’t be legitimate training centres. Legitimate training centres don’t force you to take out finance for their training, don’t make you sign lengthy contracts, and don’t use salesmen on commission.

Checkout TilersForums.com for Tiling NVQ Feedback.

Tiling Courses

Tiling Courses

Tiling Courses can be hard to find locally. Especially well established ones that are tiling-only courses rather than training centres that run all sorts of training courses such as plumbing courses and electrical courses too. Not that all those who run other courses are poor when it comes to running only tiling ones. Some have very established tiling training teachers and have plenty of honest legitimate feedback online. But others over the years have gotten too big too quickly and gone bump after they have taken honest money from trainees that are yet to start any of their course.

Tiling Courses by UK Pro Tiling Training
Tiling Courses by UK Pro Tiling Training

We often say make sure that you go visit as many training centre’s as you can, this way you will find out what they look like, get a feel for whether you’re having a sales-type push on you, and even if you can speak to previous course trainees to see what their view of the training centre is.

Established Tiling Courses Feedback and Reviews

TilersForums.co.uk started in 2006, and a massive advantage to that is we have a lot of training centre feedback over the years and you can see how long some of them have been running and what their past course attendees have said about them.

Tiling Courses and Tiling NVQ Level 2 in Wall and Floor Tiling
UK Pro Tiling Training Previous Course Trainee

Then of course years on, some are running quite decent tiling companies and are still forum members, so you can see which ones worked out for that individual person.

Some Tiling Courses Reviews and Discussion from TilersForums.com

Note that the following forum discussion is just that, open discussion. Don’t take it all as fact. Always do your own research into tiling courses whether independent courses or college tiling courses!

  • Hello Everyone new to the forum. I have done a fair few DIY tiling jobs ( bathroom floor, kitchen splash back, En suite ) i will post photos of each of these jobs. i want to do a tiling course i fancy the 13 day UK pro tiling training course, anyone been on this course? or know anyone that has? Thanks Jack
  • Hi looking for tiling course West Midlands can anyone give me a good company to use please
  • Hi all. I’m booked on a well known tiling course next month but after speaking to a few of their students I’m debating cancelling. They’ve told me the course is pretty good but no floor tiles are laid. They only briefly talk you through it. Surely you need some hands on work to understand it properly. It’s put me off as it’s advertised as a wall and floor tiling course. Any thoughts appreciated […]
  • Thanks for all the replies. Much appreciated
  • Hello tilers, I have just joined the forum, but I’ve been having a snoop for the last 6 months or so admiring the work and expert advice wondering if I could try my hand at it some day! Pleased so say I’ll be attending the UK Pro Tiling Training Centre at the start of next month to do the 13 day course (is anyone else going around the same time?) which will hopefully […]
  • Hi i thought i should leave some feed back regarding north east tiling in tyne and wear as i think credit is due Darren and Tracey run a pretty sleek operation there and are friendly and helpful. the after service in second to none – you can alway ring up and ask a question. they can't provide you with experience that has to be earned but they will give you all the knowledge […]
  • If you've been on any of the Goldtrowel Tiling Courses then please leave feedback and reviews in this thread. Goldtrowel is the UKs No.1 NVQ Centre for Tiling Courses. Our wall and floor tiling courses are designed to give you a good understanding in all areas of tiling whether you are a total beginner or someone who has some knowledge of tiling. It is our responsibility to instill confidence in all that you […]
  • Hi, I am trained as a Bricklayer and have been doing this for about 14 years, I am now looking for a change of career and thinking about tiling. Ideally I would keep doing the bricklaying during the week and start off doing tiling at the weekend until I built up my business enough that I could give up the bricklaying. I am looking to find out what is the best tiling course […]
  • can you go for an nvq or can you get a star warranty as offered by pts in harlow as i spotted in tdays sun newspaper
  • Just completed my 4 week course at the Tiler Training School (which actually crept into 5!) and wanted to give as much positive feedback as I could! What a huge learning curve and I'm now just getting organised to start my own business in the area. So much information and advice given in the time period that my head was spinning for most of it! But Anthony and Stuart were extremely patient and […]
Checkout the UK Pro Tiling Training feedback and reviews on TilersForums.com

Tiling NVQ Level 2 Wall and Floor Tiling

If you’re looking for a Tiling NVQ, which is called the NVQ Level 2 in Wall and Floor Tiling, then you’ll need to either look for a local college course that runs the Tiling NVQ. Or look for an independent training centre that can help build your personal tiling portfolio, and then help with getting you some onsite assessment via the OSAT route. (more info needed)

Plumbing Courses Top Tips

Plumbing NVQ Courses can be found at local colleges and within private plumbing training centres. But you could do with checking out these plumbing course tips before booking with just anybody.

Electrical Courses Top Tips

Electricians NVQ Courses aren’t hard to find, but good quality courses can be. If you’re looking for an Electrical NVQ of any type, then please do checkout our electricians blog.

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UK Tiling Forum

UK Tiling Forum is for Professional and DIY Wall and Floor Tilers in the UK. Our tiling forum is more than just an advice website with a one-off answer to a one-off tiling question.

Our UK Tiling Forum is a community that provides tiling education and tiling courses to those who are in need of learning how to tile properly to a professional tiling standard.

Who’s UK Tiling Forum Rocks?

Our UK Tiling Forum rocks.

UK Tiling Forum for all things to do with the UK Tiling
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TilersForums.com is the World’s largest wall and floor tiling advice community. Whether a Tiling Forum Facebook Community Group or Page, a Twitter Tiling Forum Account, a Google Places Tiling Forum Page; TilersForums.com is still number one.

Started in 2006 TilersForums.co.uk was not the first tiling forum online. The founder actually created another website, TileForums.com, first. That website was created as part of a much wider business model whereby trainee wall and floor tilers who paid to learn how to tile would visit the forum after attending the course to ask and answer tiling questions.

Once one tiling question was answered, all other tiling questions of the same nature would be directed to the forum thread, therefore the answer, and the phone calls to the tiling training centre would minimise.

How One Tiling Training Centre Became A Whole Tile Industry After A Few Months, Not Years

Before a Wall and Floor Tiler could get advice for free online one would have few options. One could register to a local college tiling courses, and hope a placement became available that suited ones time schedule.

Often, tiling courses were provided during 9-5 hours at best, 9-3 (school hours) otherwise. And during the working week, so Monday to Friday.

Independent Tiling Training Centres Teaching Independent Tiling Courses to Trainee Wall and Floor Tilers

There becomes the issue.

A person who is already in work, therefore work-driven, is unable to carry out training within their working schedule.

A training centre was required that fitted within that model.

This soon became a bit of a standard.

The first independent tiling training centre that wasn’t part of an adhesive manufacturer was setup by the guy who set up BAL’s training centre many years prior.

I happened to work for the guy as a tiler at the time and he explained that this training centre thing might be viable. I built a website for it that ranked well. We built the centre in units. And took course bookings for a weekly fee. About 16 tilers per course.

A massive industry was then made through very similar structures and they all do well. People need these courses. And forums are good places for the trainees to attend after the courses.

About Tilers Forums

Other UK Trades Forum include PlumbersForums.net and our Talk Electrician Forum is ElectriciansForums.net

Our tile adhesives need to be more suitable and often quite flexible compared to the ‘mud’ you’d see mixed in Canada and USA.

TilersForums.com has helped thousands of members with hundreds of thousands of jobs over the years. And though some other forums come and go from time to time, we tend to beat them all off in the end.

This thread tells you more.


UK Tiling Forum Update 27th March 2021

Just some rankings to show you what’s going on.

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Smashing it for Wall and Floor Tiling Advice
Smashing it for Wall and Floor Tiling Advice. 🙂

Welcome back to TilersForums.co.uk, if you’ve been here before that is

Welcome back to TilersForums.co.uk. The domain that the forum was hosted on from 2006 to 2019. So it has quite a bit of history. The forum saw three forum software makes, half a dozen main theme/design changes, and dozens of smaller tweaks – some broke the forum, some didn’t.

We’ve seen quite a few groups of forum leaders over the years. Some became staff, some got different jobs within the industry and didn’t have time for the forum. Some even set up their own forum too.

But ours, the original forum, has always been here and always will be here.

My first actual tile-related forum was TileForums.com and was setup by me whilst I worked at a company called Professional Independent Training Techniques (aka PITT) which provided independent tiling training courses (as in not part of an official college, or a company providing …