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Planning a Budget For Your Tile Installation

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Remodelling a kitchen or bathroom can be pricey. The average cost of remodelling a kitchen is about $22,013.

Yet it can easily range between $4,000 and $51,200 depending on what you are having done.

Remodelling a bathroom costs $9,632 with updates ranging from $2,500 and $23,374.

To cut costs, some people choose to just have tiles installed. It creates a great, new look that fits almost any budget.

But it still costs money. Here is a pricing guide to help budget your next tile installation.

Consider the Amount of Traffic

Before you choose a tile installation, consider how much traffic that floor will take.

If you are thinking of installing tiles in a bathroom, traffic will be much less. Especially if it is not a primary bathroom.

If you are considering a tile installation for your kitchen, there is a higher chance of a lot more foot traffic. If you have a large family and entertain a lot, you will need to look into tiles that are functional and will last you a long time.

Make sure to take into consideration how humid the bathroom or kitchen is as some materials are more porous than others. It may alter the look, feel, and safety of your newly renovated space.

The Types of Tiles

There are numerous types of tiles that are sold for tile installation. Before you make your choice, let’s look into the different qualities each one has.

Porcelain Tiles

There is not much of a difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles. Most of the differences come down relating to pricing and branding.

Porcelain is always a popular choice. Part of the reason is that it is unaffected by spills. It is also more durable than ceramic.

For a 14 x 14 – 24 x 24 porcelain tile, the cost is approximately $4.00 to $4.50 per tile.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic is much easier to cut than porcelain. It is also a great way to keep costs low.

Ceramic tile installation is actually 20-40% cheaper than most tile materials. Similar to porcelain, it is crack, chip, and scratches resistant.

Since it is moisture resistant, sealing is not required. Choose to opt for a glazed tile with an anti-slip finish.

For a 14 x 14 – 24 x 24 tile the cost is usually about $3.80 to $4.00 per square foot.

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Natural Stone

Natural stones include granite, marble, slate, and travertine tiles. They particularly work well for walls or flooring.

If moisture is an issue, natural stone is not a great choice for your bathroom or kitchen.

A lot of people choose slate for bathroom floors as it is durable and resistant to moisture and slipping. 

Take note before you buy a natural stone floor that it will need resealing approximately every 10 years.

For a 12 x 12 – 18 x 18 marble tile the cost varies between $5.10 to $6.40 per square foot. For a slate 12 x 12 – 18 x 18 tile the price is usually within $5.30 and $6.70.

A 12 x 12 – 18 x 18 slate tile costs between $5.40 and $7.00 per square foot.

These are all based on tiles cut straight rather than diagonally. Diagonally cut tiles will be more expensive.

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Factors that Affect Tile Installation Costs

A lot of elements impact the price of tile installation as materials are all different prices.

What style you choose will also affect the price. Choosing a simple style will always cost less than a more intricate design. How they are cut will also affect their pricing. 

If you opt for a more complex pattern, the cost for tile installation rises by more than 2-3 times.

The pricing discussed here is set on a national average. Yet these prices can fluctuate by as much as 20%.

How much tiles cost depends on where you are located and on how much the contractor you hire costs.

Issues that May Cause Higher Prices

Small jobs usually include an up-charge. This can include charges for set-up, clean-up, and any overhead costs. You will likely receive a better deal if the tile installation is a large project.

Stone tiles require a greater amount of installation precision. Specific cutting tools are required which can be timely. As a result, it will be more expensive to install.

If your sub-floors aren’t smooth, flat, and clean, you will likely pay extra to get them that way.

You may also choose radiant floor heating. Materials and labour cost around $700 for an electric mat style.

If you choose a hydronic radiant heating system, it will cost around $6 and $8 for materials and labour.

You Get What You Pay For

The last cost you have to factor in is labour.

Certain jobs, like a mosaic tile backsplash, can be done without requiring a professional.

Other jobs are too intricate and require special tools for a homeowner to commence on their own. 

GIB Tiling will ensure your tiles look great and last a long time. 

Some other professionals may offer a great price but then rarely show up. When they do, the work may be of poor standard.
With GIB Tiling, we will provide great tiling contractors with good standing reputations. Contact us now to receive your free quote.