Tile is well-known for its affordability, durability and style. As builders and designers experiment with new designs, a whole new generation of looks are becoming available to homeowners. Most importantly, they’re easy to maintain and the last a long time.
Cost is obviously one of the most important considerations when homeowners decide to install new flooring. It may be a kitchen floor, a hallway, or an entire bathroom. Whatever the case, people don’t want to spend any more than they have to. This is understandable when being a homeowner brings so many other expenses with it.
In order to determine how much your tile floor will actually cost, we can look at three basic factors. Of course, the only way to know for sure is to get a professional estimate from multiple contractors, or to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. Either way, knowing these three basic factors that determine the cost of tile floors will give you a reasonably good idea of what to expect.
Type of tile
It’s a good thing that tile comes in all shapes and sizes. It gives you much greater freedom in terms of design and functionality. At the same time, it makes the process of choosing tile a little more complicated. Do you want ceramic tile or natural stone tile (like granite, marble or limestone)? What about porcelain? The costs can vary significantly. Ceramic tile is generally the cheapest, costing anywhere up to $5 per square foot. Natural stone tile can be quite a bit more, up to $10 per square foot or higher. If you’re talking about custom or designer tiles, it’s not unusually to surpass $30 per square foot.
Installed or DIY
If you’re up for a challenge, and want to take pride in doing the job yourself, DIY can be a rewarding path. It can also save cash if done quickly and skillfully. But the cost of materials is not the only cost. There’s also the time and stress involved, including repeated trips to the hardware store if things don’t go as planned.
Professional installation gives you the benefit of a solid, reliable estimate and (if you hire a qualified company) an excellent result. Many tile installation jobs cost between $4 and $10 per square foot, but this varies between companies. It’s important to find a company that gives free estimates, explains their fees in detail, and guarantees their work.
Surface area and design
Obviously, the greater the surface area the higher your cost. But there’s another cost factor here, which is the actually layout and design of the tiles. Linear or “ordinary” layouts are generally cheapest and do not incur extra costs from the tile companies. However, some homeowners want intricate or custom patterns, which naturally is going to increase costs since it requires planning and careful execution.
Roundup of tiling costs
Knowing the square footage of the area you want tiled is key to getting an accurate estimate. Then decide what kind of tile you want, and how much you’re willing to spend for square foot. Finally, figure in the cost of professional tile installation or DIY installation and you’ll be close to knowing what kind of costs you’re dealing with.
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