Whether they're glossy ceramic or a matte, natural stone, tiles are among the most popular materials homeowners choose to cover floors, kitchen backsplashes, and nearly every surface in the bathroom. Waterproof, easy to clean, and attractive, they're a major part of home renovations, too. But having them installed is complex, and many pros received lousy feedback in our surveys of consumers. Before hiring one, be sure to check out our ratings of tile installers, and get at least three quotes for your job. Since tile jobs often require demo of old wall and floor coverings, you'll want an expert you can trust.

There's a wide array of tiles you can choose for your project, from ceramics that look like wood to mosaics worthy of a Roman emperor. You can often get a very luxe look on a budget, too, so shop around.