Tile floors are a popular option for homeowners, chosen for their beauty and durability, particularly in kitchen and bathroom spaces. Kitchens and bathrooms both undergo a lot of activity. In a kitchen, cooking and dishwashing can mean splashes of water, food, or grease occur on the walls or floor. In a bathroom, wet floors can be a part of everyday life.
Tile is a fantastic flooring choice since it’s affordable and easy to maintain. Mopping and brushing can be faster and easier than vacuuming, and tile is less susceptible to stains and damage.
As such, it’s clear that hard floor surfaces can offer a lot of benefits to homeowners. Still, it’s always helpful to know how much these things cost, particularly if you need a new floor installed immediately.
Installing 150 square feet of tile flooring often costs $1,300 to $2,500. Here are factors that influence the cost of a tile floor and some examples of specific prices for you to consider:
Type of Tile – Ceramic, Porcelain, or Natural Stone
The type of tile is the number one factor that will impact the cost of your new tile floor. Tiles range widely in price depending on the type, brand, and durability.
You can pay as little as approximately fifty cents per square foot up to fifteen or twenty dollars per square foot. If you’re overwhelmed by the variety of materials and styles available and are uncertain which to choose, you should pick an overall price that you’re willing to pay for materials and stick to it.
Materials include ceramic, porcelain, mosaic, vinyl, and natural stone. The size of each tile will also play a role in the cost, as it can be faster to lay larger tiles which will have an impact on labor. Larger tiles also require less grout and finishing time.
|Tile Material||Price Per Sq Ft|
|Ceramic||$1.29 – $4.16|
|Porcelain||$1.46 – $3.96|
|Travertine||$3.71 – $10.50|
|Slate||$1.65 – $6.57|
|Marble||$4.30 – $9.21|
Styles and Patterns
Using specific styles of tile can be more time-intensive to install than others. Transparent glass tile requires much more time to achieve a great look than a typical ceramic tile.
Different tile patterns can cost more to install to lay out and may result in waste. For example, laying out tiles in a herringbone or diagonal pattern can result in 20% more waste for offcuts. See several tile layout patterns and the approximate waste of each.
Type and Size of Room
The type and size of the room you intend to tile will make a huge difference in the overall price. The type of room dictates which tile is best, and sometimes the best are the most expensive.
For example, if you’re tiling a kitchen floor, stain-resistant porcelain is a more popular choice than natural stone because it doesn’t stain. While it looks beautifully rustic, natural stone can stain over time as it is a more permeable material. Sometimes practicality will outweigh aesthetic considerations.
You can calculate the amount of tile you need by entering your project dimensions: the width and length of the space, and the size of the tile (if these measurements are available). Moreover, if you already know the price per square foot, you can calculate the amount of flooring material you need as well as the estimated cost.
Tiling projects can require a high level of skill, especially when using higher-end materials or intricate patterns. Most contractors charge about $5 to $7 per square foot to install tile. The complexity of the project, type of materials used, skill-level of the contractor, and geographic region can all affect the cost.