Tile Installation Cost

Calculating the cost of tile installation in your home or building is dependent on a variety of factors. Whether you have a company or handyman installing your tile or you’re the handyman, it’s important to fully understand the costs associated with the project before you begin. Also, be aware that even if you “think” you’ve considered everything in the pricing, home repairs and updates often come with unexpected costs.

Here’s a checklist for making a detailed pricing plan for installing tile:

1. Choose your tile:

Many people considering installing tile do this last because it can be a fun but also lengthy process. However, it’s imperative that you choose this first because you’ll need information about your tile for other steps. For example, a tile made in Europe is made in different size segments (usually measured in centimeters or meters) than tile from the US (measured in feet or inches). Additionally, certain tiles aren’t approved for water uses (in a shower) or for floor use. Choosing tile can be a long and arduous (but fun!) process for installation.

2. Measure the space:

While this might be simple, measuring the space completely and carefully will save you money and trips to the hardware store. If you’re retiling a bathroom, consider the small spaces around your vanity or toilet and include that in your measurements. * Make sure to measure in the same units that your preferred tile comes in.

3. Additional materials:

Once you’ve chosen your tile and measured, you can calculate the cost of the tile. Now it’s time to consider the additional materials necessary. Items to consider purchasing: Calk (some tiles need special types of calk), calking tools, grout or mortar and grouting tools, leveling tool, smoothing tool, workman’s gloves, tile saw (if your plan to cut your own), removal tools (if you are replacing tile), finishing and care items depending on the tile you’ve chosen.

4. Time and Energy:

The cost of time in installing tile is highly variable depending on your experience and the quality of the area where you install the tile. A professional, for example, can smoothly apply mortar in a small bathroom space in about an hour but a first-timer will probably take four to five times as long. Additionally, if you remove the previous tile to find an uneven or unprepared subfloor (which is likely in an old home) it can take longer and require additional material depending on the status of the subfloor.

5. Additional considerations:

Repairs and installations by an amateur look easy on Home and Garden TV but the reality is, there are lots of opportunities for surprises. Additionally, if the mortar or grout isn’t evenly or cleanly applied, a professional might need to come in to re-lay this material. New home improvers often also measure incorrectly or break tiles and need more of their tile. It’s important to remember this, particularly if you have special ordered tile that takes time for delivery.

6. Labor costs:

The cost of paying a professional to install tile is highly variable and dependent on many factors. An experienced professional with many recommendations is likely to come at a higher cost (obviously) but in the world of home improvement, they can also be priceless.

A local installation professional with a small, private business is likely to have the lowest labor costs but bigger brand-name installers often receive discounted prices on tiles and materials. In almost all cases, if you are paying for a professional, it is best to have them purchase all the materials and tiles and include it in your price.

When you meet with your contractor ask them to explain the details of the expected pricing and ask questions about possible additions. Also, always ask for up-to-date information on projects so you aren’t surprised by additional costs at the end.