Tile lippage - shall I stop the work?

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ReX83

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Hi all - first post here :).

I need expert advice on how to proceed....

I have hired a developer to remove a wall and join two rooms.
the two rooms were already tiled with 20x114cm ceramic tiles.

They had to remove the floor of the smaller room because the two rooms were not levelled. I am being charged 1.5k+ for this "unexpected work", including self levelling compound.

Yesterday they started tiling but after looking at what they have done (5 lines of tiles) I can tell that there is lippage between some of the new tiles and the old ones. I haven't measured but in few points I would say it is 1 or 2mm.

I appreciate that it is not easy to handle long tiles but the whole ground floor of the house is tiled with the same porcelain tiles and it is perfect, not a visibile or perceptible step.

I have mentioned it to the "tiler" and will speak with his boss later today.

I suppose I am not the only unlucky customer of "handyman tilers"... how do you suggest to proceed?

As extreme option I would even consider to ask them to stop and call a professional tiler to resume/redo the job...

Thanks
 
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ReX83

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Thanks for the reply.

Unfortunately I can't take a picture now because they are working in the room. I will do later this afternoon.

The manager will come soon. Is there a test or term of reference I can use to prove (or disprove) my point?
 

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But aesthetically, you’re the client, it’s your call, handle with care if it’s within BS.
 
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ReX83

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Thanks - I didn't know that there were so detailed specs.

It is definitely more than 1 mm and the joints are less than 4mm.

I've spoken to the manager, after a lot of resistance he decided to call another tiler to have a look at it and hopefully redo the wrong ones. According to me all of them.

While showing the issue, I realised it is even worst than I initially noticed. I don't get how they try to let this things pass...

I will keep you posted (and post some pictures later today).
 
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ReX83

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Apparently they are now removing the tiles they have laid and a new tiler will come redo the job. I wonder if this is enough and it is time I found a tiler on my own.

If any of the wrong tile is left on the floor, I will take a picture.
 
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ReX83

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All the tiles have been removed, except few of them.

I've attached 2 pictures of the same tiles in the kitchen, 2 pictures of the work in progress before they removed the tiles (the lippage is not evident in these photos but these were taken before I noticed the issues) and a picture of the gap between two tiles they left.

The work will resume in a couple of days.

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So what is with this image, were there tiles in there, or hadn’t he got around to it?
Well at least you should be getting someone who’s capable now.

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I'm puzzled by that photo too. I thought the floor had been levelled but that looks like a fair bed of adhesive which I'm not convinced the trowel used to make those serrations would give.
 
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