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  1. MCS

    MCS Active Member

    Location:
    UK
    Hi,

    I have recently had my bathroom done and I wanted to get some advice about the finish of the tiles. I ended up going with marble tiles on the basis I won’t get my bathroom done again anytime soon.

    Unfortunately, some of the tiles look pretty jagged/uneven where they have been cut. I’m not sure what is realistic to expect with marble tiles but they were relatively expensive so grateful for any advice on whether this is usual! Examples below.

    There was something else I wasn’t happy with so the bathroom people are going to be coming back - they have been really reasonable so far so I don’t want to question this if it’s something that can’t be helped...

    Thanks!
    E7ADDB0C-92C6-4D3A-A68A-C2E421696C9B.jpeg D941B36D-19D7-4683-B65E-52BAB5B07A4F.jpeg 98E7765E-48FE-4A17-9932-BD307A469141.jpeg
     
  2. Chalker

    Chalker Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Tadcaster
    That’s horrific!
    There’s no excuse, completely wrong cutting method used.
    Better expererienced guys on here than me regards to marble. But I wouldn’t have used trims.
     
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  3. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Awful.....obviously not used to working with natural stone...
     
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  4. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    :eek::eek:
     
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  5. MCS

    MCS Active Member

    Location:
    UK
    Oh no...I was hoping it was just me expecting too much but I had a feeling it wasn’t. So disappointing!

    Thanks so much for your views. On the plus side, I paid a deposit but haven’t paid the rest so hopefully I can either get it fixed or pay someone else to fix it
     
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  6. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    It is poorly finished, it’s either laziness or inexperience, either way you should expect a much higher quality of finish.
    Have the tiles changed in colour or appearance?
     
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  7. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    I think he hasn’t used a good blade to cut the marble, and he obviously hasn’t rubbed the rough edge of the tile. As with tile trim it’s customers preference but usually natural stone is better finished with mitres/bullnose
     
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  8. ttt tiling

    ttt tiling Professional Tiler

    Location:
    brackley
    Would guess theyvth cut with a grinder.
    Score first , wet cut then dress , very few can be bothered and that's the result
     
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  9. MCS

    MCS Active Member

    Location:
    UK
    I’m not certain, but I don’t think so - some of them are more yellow toned than others but I think that’s just natural variation. Is there something I should be looking out for?
     
  10. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    It’s hard to tell from images you’ve posted, they just looked a little grubby. Make sense?
    Grouting doesn’t look the best and even picture framing looks present.
    But could totally be just images and not a true reflection of the overall finish
     
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  11. MCS

    MCS Active Member

    Location:
    UK
    They aren’t dirty if that’s what you mean? They feel jagged and sharp if you feel down the edge. Those were the best photos I could manage, but they are pictures of the bits that look the worst as that’s what I wanted views on.
     
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  12. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    I’m not saying they’re dirty, please don’t misunderstand me.
    If you’re happy other than the poor cuts, then that’s kool.
     
  13. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Lancashire
    Marble - even a relatively low-grade marble should NEVER have a chrome trim stuck on. It should be polished, bull-nosed or mitred/polished.
    That is truly awful work.

    Even IF you are happy to have a trim on the edge of stone, it should be done neatly. Whoever did that needs their vision checking.
    Sorry - I feel for you, but we see this every single week....
     
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  14. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    He must have cut them with a blunt Still saw, that’s terrible :(. As above trim and marble is a no no in any pros book!
    I feel sorry for you!
     
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  15. MCS

    MCS Active Member

    Location:
    UK
    Thanks all, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your expertise. I did so much research before I settled on someone to do the work (and yes, I made sure they were a pro tiler) so I am very upset I have ended up in this mess.

    I have gone back to them to query the work as I can’t leave it how it is, especially now I can be confident it’s not just me being picky!
     
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