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low costLow: $500-$1,000average costRange: $600-$3,000
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  Typical costs:
  • Glazed ceramic tiles run $1-$20 a square foot, giving a materials-only cost of $100-$2,000 for a 10x10-foot room. Depending on size, unglazed quarry tiles average $2 a square foot, or $200 for 10x10 feet. Porcelain tiles can mimic the look of real stone for $2-$4 a square foot, or $200-$400 for 10x10 feet of materials, Custom-made art tiles are $25 and more a square foot, giving a starting cost of $2,500 for 10x10-feet; exotic tiles of glass, metal or leather can cost many times more than porcelain, so it's best to use these as accent pieces or in borders.
  • Terracotta tiles are $1-$2.50 a square foot, or $100-$250 for 10x10 feet; European terracotta may cost more.
  • Natural stone tiles of marble, granite, slate or more start at $2 a square foot, or $200 for 10x10-feet, but costs climb rapidly for custom designs or special orders.
  • Mosaics are any tile less than two inches square (although they can be round or hexagonal), usually mounted on a 12x12-inch mesh sheet. These come in porcelain, glass, stone and metal, or a combination of those, and run $3-$25 a square foot (or $300-$2,500 for 10x10-feet). Mosaics cost quite a bit more for custom designs and special orders.
  • Installation charges start around $5-10 a square foot ($500-$1,000 for 10x10-feet) and rise sharply for custom work. Odd room layouts cost more. There's usually a fee for moving furniture or tearing out the old floor. Some tile prices include installation.
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What should be included:
  • Tiles can be laid over an existing floor if it's smooth, level, clean and tightly attached to the subfloor; otherwise it must be removed. The tile should be laid out dry and all pieces cut to fit before it's glued down and mortar spread between the tiles. There's often some breakage when cutting, so it's usual to order 10 to 20 percent extra; this means you'll have some available for future repairs. Do-it-yourself instructions, including videos, are provided at Ceramic-Tile-Floor.info[1] .
  • If using manufactured tiles of any sort, make sure they're all from the same lot and shade numbers (made in the same batch). Ceramic can expand by as much as a quarter inch, so ask for consistently sized tiles with no more than 1/8th-inch variation.
  • While there are no official industry standards, most ceramic tile is rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute abrasion tests; PEI 0 is wall tile only, no foot traffic, while PEI 5 is designed for abusive, extra-heavy foot traffic.
  • Grout comes in a range of colors, and should be selected to go with your tile.
Additional costs:
  • A under-tile warming system costs $1,100 or more for a 10x10-foot bathroom; for details, visit Ceramic-Tile-Floor.info[2] .
Shopping for tile flooring:
  • The World Floor Covering Association provides a directory[3] of retail floor stores by zip code. Major manufacturers include Armstrong[4] and Daltile. Online retailers include BuildDirect.com[5] and StoneLocator.com[6] . Home improvement centers like Home Depot[7] sell tile flooring and installation services.
  • Read care-and-maintenance instructions and product warranties before you buy.
  • Even, straight installation is crucial for tile floors. Ask installers about experience and training, and for pictures of previous projects. If inspecting a finished floor, look for uneven areas and listen as you walk across; a hollow echo could mean the tile bed wasn't prepared properly.
  • Get written estimates from several contractors; listing the exact materials you want used. Request and contact references, and check companies with the Better Business Bureau[8] .
  • The written contract should include how the old floor will be removed and the subfloor prepped, whether furniture moving is included, specific products to be installed, all labor and materials costs, and dates within which the project will be completed.
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I an getting porcelian tile install
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: Patsy Armstrong in fayetteville, NC.Posted: February 16th, 2014 11:02AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 230Installer:
porcelain tiles

I am having porcelain tiles installed in my kitchen which currently has a concrete slab. Am I paying too much for the labor? I am supplying all materials.
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Real costs
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Dirt Cheap Tile in Casa Grande, AZ.Posted: March 9th, 2013 10:03PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: changeInstaller: and owner
Brand: Tile and stone
I am a owner and installer and the prices you have seen on this site will be different from state to state. Hiring a sub contractor or a store that will hire the sub contractor. So go with a sub contractor and cut out the store.
Prices will change because of people that will do it cheaper than anyone else. Licensed installer will most likely give you more and be reliable. Licensed contractors ,be sure they are legal and not unlicensed contractors. The companies that hire sub contractors do not tell the company who is in your home. They can hire anyone. Big flooring companies should know the name of the people that is being allowed to come in your home.
Back east will always pay more than someone that is on the west coast.
This site should tell you how to protect yourself.
The person that says you should lay out the tile and cut it before you install it is someone that cant lay out the floor and install it at the same time and cut it in at the same time. Any real installer !
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Is this a good price?
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: IRoman in Melville, NY.Posted: September 25th, 2012 05:09AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 430Installer:
Brand: porcelain tiles
I am having porcelain tiles installed on my patio which currently has a concrete slab. Am I paying too much for the labor? I am supplying all materials.
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Tile
Amount: $13,500.00
Posted by: a user in Voorhees, NJ.Posted: September 19th, 2012 07:09PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 1500Installer: Ralph Pilling
Brand: Slate
I recently had tile installed in my great room.I supplied all materials. The house is about 5 years old and this was an addition we just had done. The tile installer I used was recommended from a friend. His name is Ralph Pilling. And he is by far 1 of the best contractors I have ever come accross. He does outstanding work , it was a pleasure having him do work I my house
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Snyder Clear Lake, IA
Amount: $6,598.00
Posted by: Snyder in Clear Lake, IA.Posted: August 14th, 2012 11:08AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 1375Installer: Chad Lutcavish
Brand: Merola Tile Garden Versailles
friendly, considerate and honest. They were a pleasure to watch work and were aware of all our concerns We HIGHLY recommend Chad and will be glad to speak as well as show our floors to anyone interested in seeing them. Also we did shop price and he was right there.
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Awesome contractor with great rates
Amount: $690.00
Posted by: William Shelton in Fishers, IN.Posted: May 3rd, 2012 07:05PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 100Installer: Wiles Tile
Brand: 12X12 Emperador Light Tumbled Marble
We recently built our new DREAM home and have done several renovations to complete the home. We added slate floors in the kitchen, a slate backsplash with slate/glass accents and tumbled marble shower tile. And our last project is 12X12 tumbled marble with a 20 SF design in the middle of the master bath floors. We are getting charged $690.00 which includes installation of the tile, custom tile design (That we designed ourselves), pulling & resetting the toilet, baseboards and shoe muoulding. A fantastic deal.
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charged too much in Takoma Park Maryland
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: ethical contractor in Dowagiac, MI.Posted: December 17th, 2011 09:12AM
Please tell me that the cost price was a misprint ofr that kind of money the guy should have rebuilt the entire room. $55,890 divided by 380 comes out to $147 per square foot.
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Kitchen - Bathroom - Flooring Artist
Amount: $7,200.00
Posted by: Satisfied Western Customer in Oklahoma City, OK.Posted: April 5th, 2011 06:04AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 1800Installer: Roger Poe General Construction Services
Brand: Interceramic
Mr. Poe was very meticulous about surface preparations, choice of materials, layout, and installation.
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He took us by the hand in the selection of tile, insert accents, and accessories.
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He has a wonderful eye for detail, and guided us toward tile selections that were "timeless" in appearance, and life-time+ products.
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If you live in the Oklahoma City area you will want to seriously consider using his talent.
(405) 314-7331
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For the quality work received, and attention to our expectations, he was quite a pleasure to work with!
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tile shower install
Amount: $2,400.00
Posted by: adam's tiling in winnipeg, Other.Posted: March 31st, 2011 12:03PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 125Installer: son in law
Brand: ceramic(marble)
doing my shower in my master bed.He removed all the old and the mold.Re applyed new aqua board.then water proof membrane and added a large shelf in the framing as well as poured new subfloor and tiled that as well.Then tiled,grouted and sealed the rest of the walls.Very pleased with the outcome.He's a subcontractor from winnipeg m.b.And the cost included my materials!thanks he does it all framing to finishing. wow!
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WOOD FLOOR INSTALLATION
Amount: $1,970.00
Posted by: A VERY SATISFIED CUSTOMER in Fort Worth, TX.Posted: March 22nd, 2011 03:03PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 600Installer: EMPIRE FLOORING
MOST PROFESSIONAL AND CLEANEST WORK I'VE WITNESSED. VERY SELF CONTIOUS OF HIS WORK. JUST WANTING TO MAKE SURE HE GIVES THE CUSTOMER WHAT THEY WANT. WOULD NOT TAKE A DIME UNTIL HE WAS DONE AND WE WERE SATISFIED.HIGHLY RECOMEND THEM IF U CAN GET THEM. THEY JUST ABOUT DO IT ALL.
EMPIRE FLOORING 817 323 4706/MIKE
empire.flooring@yahoo.com
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Ceramic Tile Installation
Amount: $650.00
Posted by: a user in Van Buren, AR.Posted: February 27th, 2011 08:02PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 220Installer: contractor
We received an estimate from a friend of a friend who just happens to be a contractor. He said he would tile our kitchen and 2 bathrooms for %650. That includes removing current flooring. Our kitchen is 147 sq ft and our bathrooms are only 24 sq ft and 26 sq ft. Does this sound like a reasonable price?
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Townhome Great Room
Amount: $3,540.00
Posted by: Maam in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: December 30th, 2010 11:12AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 590Installer: Gator Tile
Brand: Porcelain 20 x 20
Originally thought the 20x20 was too much, but once installed in straight line fashion, actually complimented the area. Good quality tile selected. Installers on time, cleaned up daily, overall 4 days to complete. This price included material, remvoal of furniture and appliances, removal and disposal of old carpeting and leveling of foundation. Overall after reading some of the posts, I am very satisfied with my purchase.
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Natural Stone Installation
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: Keller Family in Highlands Ranch, CO.Posted: December 21st, 2010 11:12AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 150Installer: Source Force Stone & Tile
Brand: Travertine
My wife and I had to refurbish our master bath shower and tub area, We used Zack from Source Force Stone inc.. He was very precise with the estimate,was puntual, and finished in the proposed amount of time in addition to a beautifull job, we could not be more pleased and will use him in the future as well as refer this company to anyone in the Denver area. I thought it was a little wierd that he asked for a material deposit when I supplied the stone but now understand after seeing the end result, setting material, grout, elastimaric membrane ( or water proofing and sealer. Thank you Zack, Hope this helps and best of luck to you, you deserve it.
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unlicensed Pittsburgh Installer
Amount: $895.00
Posted by: Alyss and Aaron B in Pittsburgh, PA.Posted: December 12th, 2010 07:12PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 15x10Installer: Stephen Palscak
Brand: Dal Tile ceramic 16x16
He charged 2.75 sqft for the floor and 1.00 sqft to grout and seal. Nice clean cuts around existing door casing, couldnt cut it because of the space to the wall. Finished in 1.5 days. No pay requested till complete. What should be the difference in rate if licensed/ unlicensed?? Nice work real happy w it. Is this a good price??
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Curious
Amount: $1,550.00
Posted by: WonderingWondering in Midwest, WI.Posted: December 4th, 2010 03:12PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 78Installer:
Brand: Porcelain
Originally quoted $17 per square foot to "furnish & install" tile in fairly rectangular room. Picked a $6 sq ft (MSRP) tile, which he says is $3 a sq ft more than he expected us to spend apparently. Now being told to pay additional $1800 for tile barrier, new sub floor, and other materials. Shouldn't the tile barrier and cement floor pieces have been included in the "furnish and install" price?
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Tile Installation only
Amount: $55,890.00
Posted by: charged too much in Takoma Park, MD.Posted: November 1st, 2010 03:11PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 380Installer: J. Cosgrove
Brand: Daltile
Wants $15 square foot and told me I'm getting a bargain
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the shaft?haha
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: carl rawson in enterprise, MS.Posted: October 19th, 2010 08:10AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 1000Installer: southern flooring
Brand: any
Looks like I am the one getting shafted,haha,I have been installing floors for over 10 years,and average price for installing straight-lay tile is $2.00 a ft..work is slow right now,willing to travel to bring the southern flooring reputation to your home...southernflooring1@csouth1.blackberry.com
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Ceramic Tile
Amount: $18,000.00
Posted by: a user in Fresno, CA.Posted: July 3rd, 2010 01:07AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 1450Installer:
Brand: DalTile
All tearout of existing flooring was pre-done before tiler came. Some patterened design of tiles in rooms, but not terribly elaborate. Materials cost not included in above price. Took almost 2 months. Did we get the shaft?
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Master bath
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: M.D. in herndon, VA.Posted: June 11th, 2010 09:06PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 125Installer:
$2.24/sq foot tile, plus bullnose, and decorative tile. Shower plus floor.
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Ceramic Tile in Den
Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Austin B. in Mesa, AZ.Posted: May 19th, 2010 04:05PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 375Installer: Sears Home Improvement
Flat pre-torn out floor. Wouldn't do baseboards or transition to adjoining wood floor. I canceled it before they started and they want to charge a $1500 cancellation fee for restocking.
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Kitchen
Amount: $1,050.00
Posted by: Donna Pollock in Fresno, CA.Posted: May 13th, 2010 11:05PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 300Installer: Margarito
Brand: Travertine
I bought this beautiful tile at Fresno Tile, on Maple ave. I saw it on their floor and fell in love. It looks like old world. Almost no grout lines. Netural color in Tans Browns and white. There is 3 diffrent sizes of tile and my tile guy was amazing. They came in and when they left that afternoon I had a beautiful floor. the next day they came back to grout it and seal it. I have had so many compliments from my floor.
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Kitchen done with ceramic 12x12 tiles
Amount: $430.00
Posted by: Cara Wilcox in Bellevue, NE.Posted: March 19th, 2010 08:03AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 120Installer: myself
Brand: Ragno, 12x12 Dunes
Just finished yesterday evening and it looks terrific. My total cost includes:
Floor Tile: $105 (150 sq ft at .69 cents each)
Border Tile: $35 (pretty edging on doorways)
Adhesive: $90 (two 3.5 gal buckets at $45 ea)
Grout: $28 (14 per bag x two bags)
Wet Saw: $90
Ceramic Tiling Kit: $20 (included float, mortar trowel, sponge, film scrubbers, and bucket for mixing grout)
Sealant: $20
Caulking edges: $30
Plus I now have a new tile saw and extra material to do my downstairs bathroom too!
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Custom Tile Shower And Floor
Amount: $4,800.00
Posted by: MEJ in Woodland Park, CO.Posted: February 20th, 2010 02:02PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 450Installer: Ransom Designs
Brand: Porcelain
Ransom Dean renovated our Master Bath. His tile work was excellent, as was the faux painting he did on the accent wall. Ransom was always prompt and worked hard. He is talented in many different areas of home renovation. Not only did we use him, we recommended him to our friends, and have hired him for future work. You canít go wrong using him for your redecorating projects.
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