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Retiling a Bathroom Cost

How Much Does Retiling a Bathroom Cost?

low costBathtub or Shower Tiling: $800-$2,500+average costFloor Tiling: $100-$5,000+high costEntire Bathroom: $10,000-$25,000+
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  Typical costs:
  • Depending on the tile selected, do-it-yourself tiling of the floor of a typical bathroom can cost $100-$1,500 or more. The tile alone can be $1-$40 or more a square foot; replacing backer board adds about $2 a square foot; and do-it-yourself tools and other material can be $60-$200 or more. For example,[1] estimates that installing large floor tiles (8"x8" to 12"x12") in a typical bathroom is a moderately difficult job that takes two days and can cost $100-$600, while[2] says it can take several weekends and cost $500-$1,000 for a moderate-to-hard project installing small mosaic tiles on a typical bathroom floor.
  • Total costs (materials and labor) for professional installation of a bathroom tile floor averages $10-$40 a square foot, but it can cost more for custom tiles, detailed patterns or unusual room layouts. Expect to pay an additional $200-$800 or more to remove existing tile and repair any damaged areas underneath, for a total of $1,000-$5,000 or more for a typical bathroom (5'x7' to 10'x10'). For details see, How Much Does a Tile Floor Cost.
  • Retiling around a bathtub or inside a shower enclosure can cost $800-$2,500 or more, depending on the type of tiles, total square footage, the amount of repairs needed, any special pattern or border, and local labor rates. Do-it-yourself materials can cost $50-$1,500 or more, depending on the total square footage and the type of tile. For example, estimates that tiling a bathroom wall costs about $100 and, including drying time, takes up to three days; while estimates that tiling around a bathtub[3] is a moderately difficult project that takes eight to 10 hours of work (not including drying time) and costs $400-$1,300.
  • Completely retiling all areas of a bathroom -- floor, bathtub enclosure, walk-in shower enclosure and any other spaces that might be tiled -- can cost $10,000-$25,000 or more, depending on the type of tiles, the total square footage and the amount of underlying damage needed repair. Do-it-yourself materials might cost $200-$3,000 or more.
Related articles: Tile Flooring, Tile Countertop, Handyman, Bathroom Remodeling

What should be included:
  • A contractor will typically come to the house and examine the bathroom before providing a quote.
  • The old tile should be removed first, and the difficulty of doing this depends on how they were originally installed. explains how to remove ceramic tile[4] .
  • Any damage to the wall or floor should be repaired, and new backer board installed. Although drywall and greenboard (marketed as "waterproof" drywall) have been used underneath bathroom wall tiles in the past, they have failed over the years because water passes through the grout seams and causes the gypsum core to deteriorate. Many experts recommend using cement board. explains how to install cement backer board[5] and lists other tips for installing ceramic wall tile[6] .
  • Even a small error in floor or wall tile can be an eyesore; it's crucial that tiles be evenly spaced and grout lines straight. Tile cutting should be done outdoors to reduce dust and the backsplash from the wet saw. provides a video demonstration[7] of setting tile in a bathtub enclosure, describing it as an easy to moderate project that takes about an hour to set 8-10 square feet of tile, depending on the complexity of the pattern.
  • A Home Depot video demonstrates how to install a mosaic tile floor[8] in a bathroom.
Shopping for retiling a bathroom:
  • Decide what type of tile and pattern will look best. discusses tile trends[9] and the pros and cons of ceramic tile[10] , glass tile[11] , marble[12] and slate[13] .
  • Search for local tile contractors through the Tile Contractors Association of America[14] or the National Tile Contractors Association[15] .
  • lists tips for hiring a tiling contractor[16] .
  • Ask for and check references from previous customers; verify that the company is properly bonded, insured and licensed[17] . Check for any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau[18] .
  • The written contract or agreement should list the work to be done and the specific materials to be used.
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