Travertine: Pro or DIY Installation?
Installing a stone floor can be a lofty undertaking, regardless of whether you’re doing it on your own or you’re going to hire out the project. There are certain things to think about before deciding that installing a travertine floor on your own is your best option. In all instances, you’ll need to consider the time, cost, and prep work needed to install a travertine floor.
Costing Out a Travertine Tile Installation
Travertine stone tile is one of the most expensive tiles you’ll find. Tiles are generally priced by the square foot and can cost $7 and upwards. However, stone tiles are also durable, so their versatility and durability can often outweigh the cost of the tile.
If you’re having your stone tile installed professionally, then you can expect to pay for the cost of materials as well as installation and any
customized designs or special orders. The cost of materials, labor, and disposal of old tile or flooring is generally part of the cost of a professional installation and should be listed in any contractor’s estimate.
Other factors can determine the cost of travertine installation including tools needed – if you’re planning a do-it-yourself project – subfloor problems, and special cuts for corners or cabinets.
Travertine Installation by a Professional Tile Contractor
Once you’ve decided that you love the look of a natural stone tile décor, it’s time to decide if you want to hire a professional or do it yourself. For many people, this is an easy decision, especially if they don’t have the time or skill needed to install the tile.
Installing travertine tile can be a difficult process. If you’re not handy with tools, have never installed tile, or aren’t mechanically inclined, you may want to consider passing this job off on someone who is trained properly. Travertine installation, like any other home improvement project,
may encounter problems or unexpected difficulty. A professional installer is equipped and experienced in handling problems when they arise.
Choosing the Right Contractor for the Job
If you do choose to hire a professional, look for a contractor who is insured and bonded. Many contractors are also registered with professional associations and the Better Business Bureau; take the time to check their credentials before hiring. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals from friends and relatives. Word of mouth from friends and family can often be the best reference a contractor can have. Additionally, you can ask potential contractors for references and request to see pictures of past completed projects.
Before hiring anyone to install your travertine tile, get estimates from multiple contractors. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything you don’t understand in the estimate. Look over the proposed project contract and get everything in writing; the last thing you want is to discover a hidden cost.
Considerations for Do-It Yourself Travertine Installation
You may save yourself some money by installing stone tile on your own but before you do, think about how you’ll handle any problems that may arise. You’ll also want to weigh the cost of renting or buying the necessary tools needed, such as a wet saw. It’s possible to rent the tools needed from many home improvement stores for a daily or weekly fee. In addition to the monetary cost of installing tile, think about your time as well. Do you have the time for such a project? Depending on the size of the area you’re tiling; what seems like a quick project can easily become a lengthy one.
Don’t discount the idea of doing some of the installation on your own. If it’s necessary, you could tear up the old flooring on your own, saving yourself some of the total cost of a professional installation. However, if you’re working with large tiles, you may find them difficult to work with and install on your own.
It takes a certain amount of information about tile and natural stone when installing stone tile. Without the proper knowledge, you could add additional costs to your do-it-yourself project. For instance, a gloss finish travertine tile may be more difficult for a do-it-yourself project, as the surface needs to be flawlessly level.
In the long run, you must choose which option is best for you and your budget. Quality travertine will be consistent in its size and finish and will show in the finished project. Properly installed travertine stone tile can add longevity to your home as well as beauty and market value. It’s truly an investment in your home that you can’t afford to discount or cut cost on.