Tile flooring can be found in glazed ceramic, porcelain, terracotta, and unglazed varieties. It is incredibly durable, but can be somewhat difficult to install properly. Many home and property owners find that they will need to also consider the substantial weight of the flooring and make improvements to subflooring in advance of laying their selected tiles. Generally, this is not a simple DIY project.
For this discussion, we will consider the materials and costs for the installation of a glazed tile floor in a 32 square foot bathroom. The costs for such a project must take into consideration:
- Removal and re-installation of freestanding fixtures such as sinks and toilets; and
- Removal of old flooring, improvement of subflooring (when necessary), and the re-installation of moldings and baseboards.
The average costs and materials associated with this project include:
- Preparing the floor - This includes an assessment of the existing floor and subfloor, and might be possible with only a thorough cleaning of the existing vinyl, wood, or subflooring. If replacement of plywood or joists is necessary the costs would include $22 per 4'x8' sheet of plywood. Assuming that the bathroom contains cabinetry and a shower/bath stall it would require two to three sheets of wood for the floor space, at a cost of approximately $70;
- Installation of the tile flooring - Because it is always recommended that extra tile is purchased (around 10 to 20% more than anticipated) to allow for breakage; materials fees for this project would range from $10 to $21 per square foot, or roughly $305 to $612. Additionally, the homeowner must include another $5 to $10 per square foot for installation fees as well. This means that a mid-range cost for a floor-only installation would run the homeowner around $715.
- Additional materials costs for this project might include decorative borders (which can often be used in place of moldings), and the use of sealants to prevent tiles from absorbing too much humidity in the bathroom space.