gives bathrooms an upscale appearance, and itís more
durable than many other materials. But installing
tile also costs more than bathtub surrounds or
youíve decided on your products or are still gathering
bathroom floor and shower tile ideas, hereís how much
you can expect to pay.
the average cost to install bathroom tile?
general, retiling a full bathroom, including shower
walls and flooring, can cost $10,000 to $25,000, Costhelper.com
Veglia, owner of Jeff Veglia Remodeling & Tile
Contracting in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, says most
remodels cost $18,000 without fixtures, which add about
of them are about $22,000 to $25,000," Veglia says
"So it all depends on what the average person wants
to do in their bathroom."
tile, materials and installation, a tub surround
costs about $3,000 to $4,000, says Carlos
Martinez, first officer of C-Bek Tile & Stone
Design in North Hollywood, California. Floor
tile adds another $3,000 to $4,500 or more,
depending on the roomís size. A walk-in
shower typically costs between $2,500 and $5,000, but
some companies charge more than $10,000, he says, adding
that tile selections change the prices.
all depends on the size and the design that they
want," Martinez says.
involved bathroom tile designs change costs?
square footage matters, tile installers account for the
complexity of the tile pattern and tile size when
pricing a job, says Andrew Forsmark, owner
of Nordic Tile in Minneapolis.
general rule of thumb is that the smaller the tile, the
more expensive it will cost to install," he says.
bathroom tile jobs almost always require a mix of tiles
and patterns, which changes with each job, Veglia says.
More complexity means higher labor costs.
Iím using a 6-by-6 (inch) ceramic tile, just plain,
straight up and down, thatís very fast," Veglia
says. "If I do a three different design shower,
with a 12-by-12 staggered on the bottom, a border in the
middle and a 6-by-6 at a diagonal on the top, Ö that
just doubled my work."
smart for your bathroom tile job
proved important for Angieís List member Scott Carter
of Highland Park, Illinois, when he
remodeled his outdated master bathroom.
He and his wife, Micheline, met with a designer to
select tile and fixtures before Mahogany
Builders in Chicago completed the job.
had been thinking about redoing the master bath for
about one year before we began," he says.
spent about $6,800 on tile and marble for
the master bathroom remodel. He broke down the cost
as $500 on porcelain floor tile, $900 on porcelain
shower tile, $1,800 on accent tiles on the walls
and shower floors and $3,600 on marble for the
vanity top, shower accents and threshold. The remodeling
quote lumped tile installation labor with the general
labor price, so he didnít have a number.
bathroom remodel went smoothly, unlike remodeling
experiences some of his friends had, Carter says.
"We were happy that we spent a bit more to get a
quality job from a reputable contractor," he says.
advises homeowners to do their research and be wary of
the cheapest bid when it comes to bathroom tile
tile work not only looks good but will also stand the
test of time," Forsmark says. "A lot of
deficient tile setters take shortcuts in their prep work
ó not using the correct backer board, not
waterproofing seams or not using the right
materials to set the actual tile with."
hire smart, get multiple bids and ask the installers
questions about the methods and materials they will
use to revamp your bathroomís tile style.