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Shower Tiling Cost

Facts show that the normal household bathroom needs to be updated at least every 10 years. Whether homeowners are purchasing a new home or updating an old one, remodeling the bathroom should be a major priority on the to-do list. Installing brand new shower tile may just be the best place to start in order to get the best looking bathroom possible. Before making such a large investment, consumers may desire to arm themselves with a few facts regarding shower tile.

The Costs

  • Lowest cost: $.49 per square foot of ceramic tile

  • Highest cost: $84 per square foot of Kohler glazed porcelain accent tile

Types of Shower Tile

There are so many kinds of shower tile to consider that making a final choice can be difficult. Where to start and how to choose a particular style depends, of course, on the particular taste as well as budget of the homeowner. Prices not only vary by the type of tile but also the manufacturer. For instance, tile produced by Kohler and Platinum Ceramics are priced much higher than similar products by other manufacturers. 

Just about any type of tile can be applied to a bathroom shower area as long as it is waterproof, durable and correctly installed. Consumers can go online and browse the many styles of shower tile or visit home remodeling centers or bathroom showrooms for an idea on where to begin. This is especially helpful for those who are building a new home or simply desire a new flare for the bathroom. In regards to a cost analysis of the types of bathroom shower tile, here is a list:

Ceramic tile, also known as terra-cotta or Saltillo tile, is one of the lowest-priced options on the market. Besides being extremely economical, it’s also very popular and comes in many varieties, sizes and shades. The least-expensive ceramic tile comes in smaller sizes while the larger sizes offer a distinctive and individual look. Prices range from $.49 for a square foot of ceramic tile to $12 per square foot. There are bulk loads of ceramic tile available at prices of $2.84 per square foot, which is equivalent to about $3,000 to cover 1,056 square feet (1,056 x $2.84).

Porcelain tile is basically the same as ceramic tile in composition; however, it is harder and more moisture resistant than ceramic tile because it is less porous. For this reason, it is slightly higher in price than ceramic. This type of tile is also very popular among consumers for bathroom shower material because of its high-quality features and wide range of designs. Porcelain is available in styles that look very much like natural stone, such as limestone and granite, and can be purchased glazed and unglazed. Yet, it comes with a much more affordable price tag. 

Stone or quarry tile is generally the most expensive grade of shower tile available because of its high quality. Stone tile comes in limestone, slate, marble, travertine, granite and many polished stone varieties. Eye-catching colors and styles of stone tile can give a bathroom a timeless look. Although it is noted that quarry tile tends to absorb moisture, which leads to mold and mildew buildup, it is also surprisingly naturally resistant to water and very durable, making it a good choice as a shower wall tile. Prices for different stone wall tile are listed below:

  • Limestone averages at $5 per square foot

  • Slate wall tile costs $3.78 per square foot

  • Marble varieties of floor tile are readily available at an average of $6 per square foot, and polished marble wall tile can be found at $10.90 per square foot. It can also be purchased in half square-foot pieces (6 inches by 6 inches) at $713 for eight pieces

  • Travertine tile can be purchased for as little as $2.79 per square foot

  • Granite shower tile is available at an average of $3.49 per square foot to $6.99 per square foot.

  • Polished stone wall tile comes in many choices, including pebble stone that costs about $10 per square foot and $12 per square foot for a smooth surface polished stone tile.

To create a contemporary-looking bathroom, glass tile is a good selection. For those who want to get creative, there are endless types of shapes, colors and sizes to choose from. Glass mosaic wall tile averages about $6 to $30 per square foot.

Metal wall tile comes in a huge array of styles, colors and textures to create a very unique-looking bathroom. Brushed steel, pewter, bronze and copper are just some of the types of metal wall tile, which can also be mixed with glass tiles for an elegant look. Prices average at about $15 per square foot for metal mosaic tile mixed with glass and about $12 per square foot for stainless steel tile. Pricier grades of metal wall tile can be as high as $57 per square foot.

Installation Costs

In regards to tile installation costs, consumers can expect to pay an average of $25 per square foot, depending on the grade of material that is used. For a medium-sized shower, the price can cost about $2,000.

Tile installation materials include:

  • Cement backer board: $10 per sheet

  • Redgard Waterproofing and Crack Prevention Membrane: $50

  • Adhesive: $50

  • Trim and Bullnose cap and edge tiles: $150 to $200

  • Thinset and Grout: $50 

Advantages of Using Wall Tile

Installing ceramic, stone, glass or metal tile for a bathroom is a very wise investment. Not only will it add beauty to a bathroom, but tile will give value to a home or business. Although tile may be costly to purchase and install, it is very durable, long-lasting and easy to maintain. High-quality tile and glazed tile will resist water, staining, scratches and fading, making it ideal for high traffic and wet areas such as bathroom showers. Tile, especially ceramic tile is easy to cut and install.

Disadvantages of Using Wall Tile

The initial cost of purchasing and installing wall tile is expensive. Various finishes of some shiny tiles may easily scratch, and glazing can eventually wear off. Unglazed and soft-stone tile such as limestone can absorb moisture, causing algae problems and increasing maintenance. Small tile, such as mosaics will require more cleaning, and granite tile tends to stain easily.

Last updated on Jan 19, 2016

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