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Bathroom Tiling Cost

A major part of remodeling any existing bathroom is that of replacing its tiling. After all, new bathroom tiling really can make a huge difference when it comes to the overall look and feel of the space. The right color of tiling can make a smaller bathroom appear larger, whereas the right material may give the entire space a more elegant or modern appearance. For most bathroom tiling projects, it is advised that homeowners hire a professional contractor to remove any existing tiling and install the new tiles correctly. This cost guide will discuss the different types of bathroom tile available, their advantages and disadvantages, additional costs, and ways to save money on such a project. 

The Costs

  • Average cost: $9
  • Minimum cost: $7.60
  • Maximum cost: $11.05

Types of Bathroom Tiling

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Laminate 

There are many different types of bathroom tiling available on the market, all of which have their own distinct pros and cons. Homeowners should keep factors such as their specific budget and style in mind when choosing any particular type of flooring for their bathrooms. This, in combination with weighing the pros and cons of each flooring type, will ultimately bring them to make the right decision.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Ceramic tiling is a traditional type that is still among the most popular in bathrooms today. Such tiling is usually made of slabs of clay and other materials that is coated with a protective glaze. Ceramic tiles are great in the sense that they come in a variety of styles, and their prices can range greatly to suit any budget. For example, it is possible to find plain white ceramic tiles for as little as $.10 apiece. On the other hand, ceramic tiles with more complex designs may be more expensive.

The main draw of ceramic tiles is its durability; ceramic can naturally withstand a great deal of wear and tear without breaking or cracking. Furthermore, this particular type of tiling is known to be very easy to clean. It is also ideal for use in bathrooms because of its resistance to bacteria growth such as mold. On the other hand, ceramic tile can be a drawback due to the fact that it is often difficult to match. In the event that a tile does crack or become damaged to the point of needing replacement, it can sometimes be a challenge to find an exact match. Some ceramic tiling can also become slick when wet.

Another popular type of tile used in bathrooms is that of porcelain. Technically, porcelain is a type of ceramic, but it differs in the sense that it is not quite as durable as ceramic. As a result, it tends to be a significantly cheaper option for homeowners who are looking to save money without having to sacrifice the overall appearance of the new tile. This option is great for homeowners who want to be unique with their flooring designs as porcelain tiles come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Unfortunately, porcelain is not very porous, which means that it requires a special bonding agent to get it to adhere. Therefore, this type of flooring almost always requires the help of a professional to install.

Laminate flooring is another common option among homeowners, mostly due to the fact that it is generally an affordable option in terms of price per square foot. Laminate is typically designed to look like ceramic tiling, but is made out of cheaper materials such as plastics. It can also be fashioned to look like wood flooring. One of the drawbacks of this material is that it tends not to last as long as ceramic or porcelain. Moisture within the humid bathroom air can cause laminate tiling to become dislodged and to peel away over time. Therefore, it requires a special level of care and commitment to keep it looking its best.

Other Costs & Considerations 

Homeowners thinking about having any kind of new bathroom tiling installed should not only factor in the cost per square foot of tile needed but installation and labor costs as well. Most of the time, contractors are happy to provide homeowners with a free cost estimate prior to beginning any work. Usually, this cost estimate includes labor. However, if it does not, homeowners should be prepared to shell out an additional $450 to $600 in installation costs alone. It is actually not uncommon for the labor and installation costs to be more than the material costs of the project.

Homeowners should also do their best to get an idea of material costs by first figuring out how much tile they will need to get the project done. This can be calculated by simply multiplying the length of the bathroom times the width to get a complete surface area of the space. Then, subtract the square footage of any spaces that will not need to be tiled such as areas taken up by the bathtub, shower, toilet and sink. The remaining square footage is what will need to be tiled; homeowners should then purchase a little bit more tile than is technically needed to pad for errors.

Many homeowners look for ways to save on their new flooring installation costs as well. Fortunately, there are many ways to go about doing this. Homeowners can shop around with different companies and contractors to find special deals and promotions. In some cases, it may even be possible for a homeowner to install the tile him or herself, though this may require at least some previous knowledge or experience.

Having new bathroom tile installed in one's home can be a great way to update a bathroom without necessarily having to spend a great deal of money in the process. The key is simply to choose the flooring type that is best for the space and that coincides with the homeowner's budget. From there, homeowners can enjoy an improved space and increased resale value in the home as well.

Last updated on May 6, 2016

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