Tile Installation

Tile Installation

Service Overview

If you’re thinking about tile installation, there’s no better time to start your project than right now. Tile floor installation from Cunano Builders is a perfect blend of quality, selection and affordability.

Consider ceramic tile installation. Along with its classic beauty and superior durability, regular maintenance requires only occasional sweeping and mopping. Or maybe you’re considering tile flooring in your kitchen. That high-traffic area calls for a durable solution, such as marble or porcelain. Since more than a few spills have been known to happen in kitchens, you may want to also consider a naturally slip-resistant stone, such as slate.

Our tile flooring contractors will help you explore the nearly endless variety of shapes, sizes, colors and patterns of tile. Regardless of the materials you choose, your installation contractors will provide you with full care and maintenance guidelines to help protect your new tile floor. They can even help you move furniture and household items with the following exceptions: pianos and organs, waterbeds, pool tables, safes, grandfather clocks, delicate antiques and heirlooms, aquariums, pet trees and houses, large exercise equipment and weights, and video game electronics and machines.

Tile Installation Cost

As much as we pride ourselves for quality installation and wide selection, we also strive to provide the best value for the overall tile installation cost. It starts with our handpicked, experienced installation contractors. They provide a professional measurement starting at $35 (credited toward the final cost of your tile purchase when we install), floor plans and a single competitive final price for labor and materials. Plus, they save time by getting the job done right the first time, installing to manufacturer specifications to uphold tile warranties. Finally, we back the labor with one of the best installation warranties in the industry and guarantee the lowest total project price. To learn more about the cost of having tile installed.

Bathroom Floor Tile

Tile is a great floor choice for bathrooms due to its durability, resilience and beauty. It’s common for bathrooms to feature ceramic tile to help prevent damage for water or excessive moisture, and because the material can often extend to a wall if desired. Cunano Builders offers a wide selection of tile flooring products that are great for bathrooms of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for a classic stone look or a modern mosaic, our tile professionals can install a new, high-quality floor in your bathroom.

Tile Backsplashes

Our tile installation services aren’t limited to just flooring — you can also let us install a beautiful tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom! With a wide selection of ceramic, stone, glass tile and more, there’s a backsplash to match your kitchen’s color and theme. In a small bathroom, a tile backslash can really bring out the best of the room. Instead of attempting installation of a backsplash on your own, Cunano Builders expert, local contractors can do the work for you quickly and in a professional manner.

Wall Tile Installation

Many of Cunano Builders tile products can be installed on the wall as added décor or to create an accent wall. Whether it’s new tile for your shower walls or a beautiful accent wall in your living room, installing tile on the wall is a great way to add to your interior décor. By letting our installation contractors do the work for you, you can feel confident knowing the work is backed by competitive warranties and will last the test of time. Consult with an associate on which tile is best for wall installation to ensure your tile project flows smoothly from start to finish.

Average Cost by Project/Room

Tile Installation Ideas

Tile is a versatile material that can be used throughout your home. While the square footage of your space, your tile choice and your home’s layout all impact overall cost, tile is generally a cost-effective, stylish and long-lasting solution.   Here are a few of the most common ways homeowners use tile to upgrade their home:

  • Living Room and Family Room  
    High-traffic areas often benefit from tile installation because the material is durable, water-resistant and scratch-resistant. It’s also easy to clean and available in a wide variety of looks. 
  • Kitchen 
    In the kitchen, tile is a common material for flooring. It can also be used to create a decorative backsplash or counter edge. 
  • Bathroom Floor
    Glazed tile can handle water well, making it a smart pick for bathrooms. You can also find a range of styles, making it easy to achieve the look you desire.
  • Shower 
    Available in classic tiles, stick-on styles, like mosaic patterns, and more, shower tile adds interest to your space and is typically easy to care for.
  • Bedroom Floor
    While hardwood and stone flooring materials are often used in master bedrooms, tiles that mimic natural wood and stone are also hugely popular in these spaces due to their versatility and cost-effectiveness. 
Tile Materials and Products Purchased


Installing new tile is a multi-step process that typically takes 1-3 days, depending on the space and size of your project. First, you have to prep the surface, ensuring it is clean, flat, and ready for tile installation. Next, you set the tile with mortar based on your tile type. Lastly, you grout the tile and apply a sealer. This final step will vary by tile, as most ceramic and porcelain tiles don’t need to be sealed, but all unglazed tiles need to be sealed before they are grouted. The grout you use will also vary based on the size of your joints, as sanded grout will need to be applied for wider joints, and unsanded grout is suitable for thinner joints. There are multiple options and tools for each step of the tile installation process. It’s important each step is done properly and efficiently, with the right products for your tile. Our tile contractors have the experience to get the job done correctly and as quickly as possible.

Tile is classified by hardness and durability for foot traffic, which is known as a PEI Rating. Different rooms of your home require a certain durability. Following this rating will help you make the right selection. Rooms that receive a heavy amount of foot traffic will require a harder and denser tile than a room that doesn’t get much traffic. The PEI Rating ranges from 1 to 5, with 1 receiving no foot traffic (wall tile), to 5 which receives heavy foot traffic (like a commercial floor). Most residential floors will need a 2 or 3 rating tile depending on the room and amount of traffic. For example, your bathroom might receive a small amount foot traffic (2), but your kitchen floor sees a much heavier flow of traffic and would need a 3 rated tile. You’ll also want to learn how slip resistant your tile is, which is known as the Coefficient of Friction. On a scale of 1-10, a tile with a 10 rating will be the most slip-resistant. Our professional tile installers are here to help you make the right selection.

Porcelain tile is denser and more durable than ceramic tile and often has a higher PEI Rating. Porcelain also absorbs less water, therefore, ceramic is not suited for outdoor use. That means porcelain is a great choice for bathrooms, high traffic rooms, and exteriors, but stone tends to be the best option for exterior tile since they are a natural material. Ceramic tile is softer than porcelain, which makes it easier to cut for installation and a great choice for projects that are on a tight budget.

Glazed tile has an additional layer of liquid glass applied to the top as the final step of the firing process. Glazed tiles come in a larger variety of colors and styles than unglazed and are more stain resistant. Unglazed tiles, however, are more slip and scratch resistant than glazed tiles.
Subfloor is the layer of floor that is directly under your flooring and above your floor joist. It exists to provide support for your flooring and creates a smooth, flat surface for your installation project. Concrete provides a stable subfloor for tile installation, but plywood is not recommended, as it can expand and contract. Backer board will provide extra stability for your subfloor. Our installation professionals are equipped to answer your questions before your tile installation project begins.

A floor joist is the support layer below your subfloor. Joists are either solid wood or engineered wood and can be spaced at different widths. The wider apart they are, the greater the bounce, which makes the floor less suitable for tile installation, as the tile could break, bend, or crack. Ask your tile installer if your floor joists will support tile before you begin the installation process.

Whenever new flooring is installed, there can be gaps between the floor and the baseboard. When your new tile is installed, you will need to have trim called quarter-round or shoe molding installed to cover those gaps and create more of a transition from your floor to your wall. Our installation professionals can help you make the right choice of trim based on your room’s needs.