Are you looking into having your bathroom tiled? Typically, the cost to tile a bathroom will work out to somewhere between $1,250 and $2,100. That's based on installing 120 square feet of ceramic tile, including materials and labor.
However, be aware that the cost to tile your bathroom can vary quite a bit, depending on your design plans and the current condition of the room. Here are some of the main factors that will determine the final expense:
- Type and quality of tile and other materials to be used
- Size of bathroom
- Area to be tiled (Floor? Walls -- how high up? Tub surround? Vanity backsplash?)
- Layout of your bathroom
- Complexity and details of tile design
- Condition of the subfloor and walls
Cost to tile a bathroom will normally include:
- Materials -- Standard-grade ceramic tile is quite affordably priced, although higher-end varieties are available at a premium price. Porcelain tile is a subtype of ceramic; it is harder-wearing and easier-care, although it is also more costly.
- Supplies -- Tools and supplies such as adhesive, trowels, grout, and screws are normally included in the cost.
- Labor -- A complex bathroom layout or intricate tile design will add to the expense, as will any major repair that your contractor needs to do to the subfloor or walls.
- Cleanup -- The cost generally includes cleanup. However, if you need existing tile to be removed, that is likely to involve an additional fee. Save money on your contractor's bill, if you wish, by removing and disposing of the old tile yourself.
- Estimate -- The initial estimate, which may include onsite measurement, is often free.
Get the Most for Your Money
Do choose a contractor to tile your bathroom rather than trying to do it yourself. Tiling is a complicated, labor-intensive job. Skilled professional tiling produces results that look fantastic and protect your bathroom against water damage.
Consult your contractor about the cost to retile your bathroom versus the expense of renovating it completely. If your plumbing is in good shape and the bath just needs a facelift, retiling is an upgrade that gives a fresh new look (and extra curb appeal) with a relatively low price tag.
Calculate that you will need about 10 to 15 percent additional tile above and beyond the square footage that is to be covered. This will give you some leeway for cutting and breakage, plus you should be left with some extra for future repairs.