With a hugely rich and unique history, the port city of Sunderland grew during the 18th & 19th Century as Coal and Salt trade grew. This means that across the city, there are hundred or examples of beautiful Victorian, Edwardian & Georgian Tiling.
Beautiful mosaic designs featured in Hallways, Entranceways, Bathrooms and more. Across the three different eras, some of the very best examples of geometric and mosaic tiling in the North of England.
But time is an enemy to us all. And these beautiful tiling designs need to be maintained and restored to ensure their survival for the decades ahead.
We are Were Tiling and we are a specialist restoration tiler for mosaic and geometric tiling.
While the demand for original period features like tiling in homes in Sunderland is high now, there was a time when homeowners did not want these beautiful tiled floor features. Some were ripped up. Others were painted over and some were hidden away under laminated floors, carpets and other flooring. But now that they are in demand again, home owners are lifting up the carpets and looking for a tiler to help them restore the tiling to its former glory.
And that is where a specialist tiler like ourselves comes in.
What makes Victorian Restoration Tiling so specialised?
The level of care, patience and attention to detail that is required for the restoration and repair of tiled hallways that use a Victorian style and original Victorian period tiles (such as Minton Tiles) is more than a lot of conventional tilers are prepared to handle. And in the years since Were Tiling was founded, we have taken on a number of projects for new customer where they had originally hired a different tiler for the job, and then the tiler simply didn’t come back after the first day. This is simply because the conventional tiler will only discover once they have begun a mosaic or geometric restoration project, that the intense care and precision that is required for this level of tiling job is far greater than they have either priced for or are prepared to offer their customer. We are then called in because by this point, the homeowner, looking to have their original Victorian hallway restored is left living in a construction zone with no tiler coming back to finish the job. And they now know that they need to call a specialist restoration tiler.
We are WERE: Specialist Mosaic, Encaustic and Geometric Tile Layers
Whether you are wanting your original Victorian Tiling restored to its former glory or you want a Victorian inspired bathroom tiled, we are one of the leading restoration tiling specialists in the country.
When it comes to the restoration of existing tiling that needs repaired, we always aim to reuse as much of the original tiling as possible, trying to keep the authentic look and feel of your Victorian Mosaic tiling. Where tiles have become too badly damaged to undergo repair, we will move heaven and earth to best colour and style match replacement tiles so that your completed wall or floor tiling is as close to perfect and original as possible.
At WERE we take a holistic approach to your home or commercial property. Giving you a simple and reliable experience that brings the beauty of tiling directly to your door.
Please feel free to get in touch and let us know a bit about the project you’re planning.
We were replacing a carpet in our hall and discovered the original Victorian tiling was still there. Andrew came to our home, looked at the tiling and gave us a quote with no hassle. His attention to detail and careful and methodical approach are clear in the end results. We are so delighted with the work that he has done. We never thought about having a tiled hallway but we are more than delighted with the results and it has increased the value of our home considerably.
We were looking for our Storm Door area and hallway to have a matching contemporary geometric tile design to them. We want a modern take that worked with our period Victorian home. Andrew was one of three tilers we call. He was the only one who took any measurements and really looked at the set up that we wanted. We went Were because they seemed to know what they were talking about and we were impressed with their detailed quote breakdown. It meant we knew exactly what to expect. And the end result - we could not be more happy with the end results. Our hallway looks better than ever.
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