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How Much Does it Cost to Install Bathroom Wall Tiles?

Bathroom wall tile adds a certain warmth we all love to have in our master bathrooms. While it can be more expensive than other wall materials, it’s design and touch is unmatched. Furthermore, tile is good for the environment, particularly when compared to many other possible materials. Continue reading to see a full breakdown of the costs associated with all tiles.

The Costs 

  • Minimum cost of bathroom wall tiling: $2.50-$3.00 per square foot
  • Maximum cost of bathroom wall tiling: $7.00-$8.00 per square foot

When considering a bathroom wall tiling project, homeowners are often most concerned with the costs associated with the installation. With bathroom tiling, costs can vary dramatically depending on the overall quality of the product. However, quality tiles can also be found at relatively low prices. Another thing to keep in mind is that the larger the project, the cheaper the individual tiles will be. This is because manufacturers often offer discounts when purchasing tile products in bulk quantities.

While most homeowners tend to hire a contractor to perform major tiling jobs, some smaller projects can be DIY friendly. The main cost associated with employing a contractor is that of the labor provided. This is usually priced by the hour and will vary depending on the size of the area that needs to be tiled. When employing a contractor, the labor costs will typically run around double the costs or more of the bathroom tile.

There are also a few minor costs that can be attributed to bathroom wall tiling, including the purchasing of extra materials. If doing the project without the use of a contractor, then all of the tools and materials will need to be bought separately. This will not factor much into the entire budget, though the grand total of supplies can cost upwards of $100 depending on what may come up during the installation process. It should also be noted that when installing the tiles without the use of a contractor, one small mistake or error during the installation can result in much higher costs to remove and repair whatever was damaged or placed incorrectly. When deciding on whether or not to use a contractor, this consideration should be at the top of the list. If the homeowner is experienced enough, then tiling the area without the use of a contractor is doable, but extra caution should be taken.


There are various materials needed for a bathroom wall tiling project. As such, it's highly important to understand the correct usage of all materials as one error can cause heavy delays and increased costs. Bathroom wall tiles are, of course, the main material needed for the project. This will always be bought in square feet, so it's important to measure the area of the bathroom before buying tile. The most expensive tile available can aid in the creation of a luxurious bathroom, while less expensive tile is still highly useful and may not change the look of the finished project too much.

In many ways, bathroom wall tiling is similar to the material laid on roofs. In both cases, underlayment is one of the main materials needed in order to successfully complete the project. Underlayment, at its base definition, is a material that provides a layer of protection and from weather and water damage. This material will be placed first, which will then be followed by the placement of the wall tiles on top of them. The most common form of underlayment for bathroom walls is the same that is used for bathroom floors, and is known as cement backer board. Backer board can cost a little less than $1 per square foot. 

The other materials needed for installation are mortar and graph paper. There are a large number of tools needed as well, though they can all be found at a typical hardware store. The mortar will be used as an adhesive that will allow the bathroom wall tiles to stay put. The price of mortar is largely variable and dependent on which store it is acquired from; though, a typical 50-pound set can cost anywhere from $12 to $16, depending on quality. Graph paper is not wholly necessary, but it can be useful in determining the amount of tiles that are needed for the project. This can be bought at any office supply store and range anywhere from $3 to $12, depending on quality and volume of paper bought.


Bathroom tile is associated with variety as it can be installed in an array of colors, sizes and patterns to fit any aesthetic. Tile is good for the environment, particularly when compared to many other possible materials. Many types of tile available for purchase can be recycled.

Bathroom tiles require a very little cleaning and general care. Tiling is made from a highly affordable material that is also very easy to install. It is typically a very durable material and can withstand a lot before becoming damaged. Bathroom tiles are also resistant to both moisture and common stains, which is important in a bathroom setting.


Although bathroom tiles offer many benefits, they present some drawbacks as well. Unless the installation is of top-notch quality, the tiles can eventually chip and break at times. This could lead to replacement, invariably costing more money for the completion of the project. Due to the manner in which bathroom wall tiles are crafted, they are surprisingly difficult to repair once broken.

Tiling is not made of heat-absorbent material, which can sometimes make the bathroom feel particularly cold, especially during winter months and times when the power may go out. In addition, the grout used in the installation of tile can easily discolor over time.

In general, proper tiling is important for maintaining a clean, functional bathroom. It is no accident that tiles are a commonly used material for bathroom walls. However, it is vital that the tile installation be done correctly and efficiently. If this is the case, many of the disadvantages of bathroom tile can be avoided. In order to ensure quality, it's always important to receive quotes from a variety of contractors and make sure that they have a high reputation.

Last updated on May 6, 2016

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