What Are the Average Costs for Tiling a Bathroom?

Answered by Brett ~ September 13, 2011 ~ No Comments

I am planning to update a bathroom in my home with new flooring. I would like to install tile in my 6 by 5 foot bathroom. What are the average costs I should expect as I compare quotes from contractors?

Tina S. ~ Nashville, TN

Brett Kulina

Tina, when estimating the cost for your new bathroom floor, keep in mind that the type of tile you choose is going to effect the overall price of your project. Floor tiles generally cost between $3 and $6 per square foot, but of course there are some specialty tiles that can cost several times this estimate. The other cost variable for your bathroom floor is the type of grout that you choose, as some epoxy grouts can cost quite a bit more than standard cement-based grouts. I think that this extra cost is money well spent, as epoxy grouts are less likely to stain or mildew over the long haul.

One way to insure an apples-to-apples comparison when reviewing your gathered work estimates is to specify to the bidding contractors the exact type of tile and grout that you want, as well as a specific tile pattern. You should also have the bidding contractors specify in their quotes the other materials that they will use for the job, such as cement backer board and tile sealer, as well as any ancillary work that may need to be done, such as removing and installing bathrooms fixtures or installing base board trim.

If you select a modest priced 12 x 12 ceramic tile, then your flooring project might cost around $1000 or less. If you want to upgrade any wall tile or perhaps a vanity top, then consider asking the tile installer do the work while he has the tools set up for the job.

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