Bloemfontein is the Capital City of South Africa’s Free State Province. Situated less than 400 km south of Johannesburg, Bloemfontein is located roughly in the centre of the country, bordering on the semi-arid region of the Karoo. The city was officially founded in 1846 by the British and is named after the Afrikaans and Dutch word for “fountain of flowers”. Its name makes perfect sense, considering that the 'Bloemfontein Rose Festival' takes place annually in October, which the best time of the year for Free State roses to bloom.
Similar to various other towns in the Free State, Bloemfontein enjoys a very relaxed atmosphere, with residents placing a high value on quality of life and family. No ‘big city stress factors’ like rush-hour traffic, for instance, exists here, making Bloemfontein a wonderful contrast from Johannesburg and Pretoria.
According to property24, Bloemfontein's average estimated value for a house in June 2019 was R 960 000, and R 820 000 for apartments.
A Tiler is also known as a tile installer or tile setter. This type of professional works with tiles made of various durable materials such as ceramic, granite, porcelain or even cement. The aim is to apply these tiles to relevant surfaces like floors, shower stalls, countertops, walls, ceilings, swimming pools, and patios.
After the surface has been properly prepared, the Tiler uses his skill and experience to arrange the tiles for fit, colour, and design. This technique is referred to as 'dry fitting' before the tiles are permanently adhered to the desired surface using an adhesive known as 'thin set.' After the adhesive has completely dried, the Tiler fills the spaces between the tiles with grout and sealant. Lastly, the newly-placed tiles are properly cleaned with hand- and power tools.
It is not uncommon for a professional Tiler to work alongside other construction / building professionals on the same project, such as a Roofer or Electrician.
Perfect precision is vital for a Tiler, especially when working with highly detailed tiles like mosaics. Therefore, a professional Tiler must possess strong math and measuring skills, as well as an eye for detail.
To do his/her job properly, a Tiler must have a reasonable level of physical fitness, considering that tile installation requires a great deal of lifting, bending and squatting.
Clients and/or supervisors usually brief a Tiler on the type of design that a tiling-installation project needs to follow. However, a good understanding of artistic balance and colour is also important, which will aid in the Tiler making recommendations and avoiding layout errors.
Tiling a surface in one’s home can be just as stressful and lengthy as it can be fun and creative. Remember that the project starts with picking the ideal tiles before searching for a tiling professional. But both these factors are equally important to ensure a top-notch tiling job.
You must first determine the purpose of the room when picking out tiles. This goes hand in hand with the sort of ambience you want to establish in said room. Are you aiming for a clean-cut, contemporary vibe in your new kitchen? How about a warm and homely feel with your new entertainment patio?
Also, don’t forget that tiles affect space, which means the sort of tiles you select will greatly impact the end result of the room. How big or small will they be? Colour and shape? How about specific designs and motifs? Remember that bigger tiles will make a space look bigger, while smaller ones can ensure a ‘busy’ feeling for an area, even if the room is already big.
Furniture and décor are also something to be considered. These are especially crucial if you already own items that need to be put back into the room after the tiling has been completed. Opting for tiles that don’t match your existing furniture’s style may result in a very unorganised scheme or theme.
After picking your tiles, or at least deciding what kind of colour and design you’d like for your tiles, you need to find a reputable professional to help with an efficient and swift installation. This means finding a company who can provide or source your tiles (if you haven’t already bought them yourself), who can cut the tiles or design for you, and install them into your home skilfully and competently.
Online reviews and testimonials go a long way in finding out if a professional is worth your time and money. That is why homify aims to provide as many references as possible when it comes to our collections of professionals.
Also check out homify’s portfolios and galleries of professionals’ past projects. This will allow you to see if the Tiler you are considering has completed work similar to your personal taste, what the quality looks like, etc.
When meeting with a tiling candidate, enquire about the method they use when cutting tiles. This can provide you with an idea of the quality of workmanship to be expected. A lot of older companies opt for older methods, which can result in poor-quality edges or irregular patterned tiles. And in a lot of cases, these older methods are not able to handle the large-format tiles that have become so trendy in modern designs. Waterjet cutting is one of the best ways of cutting tiles as it is accurate, ensures a clean-edge finish, and the design options are endless.
Once you are 100% sure about the right professional for your tiling project, enquire about their rates, availability, what services are included, etc. Make sure to obtain a detailed quote / contract that lists exactly what will be completed for your project and how much every task will cost – you don’t want any hidden fees popping up at the last minute. And never commence a project without getting that approved contract signed by both parties!