Average Cost to Install a Ceramic Tile Floor

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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Ceramic Tile Floor?

Planning to install a ceramic tile floor? You can expect to pay in the range of $1,100 to $1,825 for 120 square feet (the size of a smallish kitchen or a large master bathroom). That includes standard quality tiles, supplies, and labor.

The cost to install your tile floor will depend on:

  1. Size of area to be tiled
  2. Size and shape of tiles
  3. Quality and design of the tiles 
  4. Tile layout (straight, offset, or diagonal)
  5. Design details like borders or inserts
  6. Condition of subfloor
  7. Grouting

Cost Breakdown

Cost to install a ceramic tile floor will normally include:

  • Materials -- Standard ceramic floor tile is a reasonably priced floor covering, although elegant designer tiles can be much more costly. Porcelain ceramic is also more expensive, but is more durable and lower maintenance, as well.
  • Supplies -- Tools and supplies such as adhesive, trowels, and screws are normally included in the cost.
  • Labor -- If you want a complex tile design or if you need to have your sub-flooring replaced or reinforced is necessary, this will add to the cost.
  • Cleanup -- The cost generally includes cleanup. However, demo and removal of existing flooring may be at an additional charge.
  • Estimate -- The initial estimate, which may include onsite measurement, is often free.

Get the Most for Your Money

Measure your floor carefully and purchase 10-20 percent extra to allow for breakage, if you are the one who's buying the tiles. Keep a few tiles on hand to make sure you'll have a match in future when you may need to make repairs.

If you've been thinking of upgrading or supplementing your heating system, now is the ideal opportunity to add radiant underfloor heating.

Save money by removing the old floor material yourself. Alternatively, if it is still in sound condition, ask your tile contractor if it's possible to have the tiles laid on top.

Think again if you are considering tiling the floor as a DIY project. Cutting and laying tile is not a simple task, especially because the floor surface is often uneven. Professional tile contractors have the know-how to produce a floor that is not only good-looking but also waterproof and slip-resistant.


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