Re: Should professionally installed floors be left looking new?
The mastic used to set the tile should not be visible once the grout has been laid and the tile cleaned. If this is the case, then you have a very poor quality workman on your project.
As to a reputable builder who remodels in the off season, builders don't generally do or understand remodel work, and typically have much lower standards that someone who only does renovation work. What you describe with your tile IS something I'd expect to find in the average tract home these days.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!