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Ceramic Tile Countertop Cost

Ceramic Tile Countertop Cost

National average
(glazed 4” x 4” tile, sealer, grout and labor)
Low: $520

(unglazed basic grade 4” x 4” tile, sealer, grout and labor)

High: $1,789

(designer grade 4” x 4” tile, sealer, grout and labor)

Cost to install ceramic tile countertop varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
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How much does it cost to install ceramic tile countertop?

Ceramic tiles are a durable choice for kitchen countertops. With the range of tiles available there is an infinite range of designs possible and it can be as affordable as you require. This cost guide will look at installing various styles of ceramic tiles as a countertop in an average-sized 200 sq.ft. kitchen with 50 linear feet of countertops.

Cost breakdown

  • Labor: professional tilers and contractors charge between $35 and $85 per hour for tiling work. Labor costs should include the layout and templating of the ceramic tiles (sometimes referred to as pre-installation measurement); cutting and adding 1 sink and faucet cutout; installing and securing countertop over concrete board, leveling and shimming; and tiling the countertops. Set-up, clean-up and area protection, should also be included. This process would take around 8-10 hours. This would cost around $280-$850.
  • Materials:
TypeUnglazed 4” x 4” TileGlazed 4” x 4” TileCustom 4” x 4” Tile
Basic Grade$150 - $250$200 - $500$950- $2200+
Premium Grade$180 - $300$240 - $600$1140 - $2950+
Designer Grade$250 - $375$300 - $750$1368- $3575+

  • Additional materials for tiling, including grout 1, caulking 2 and fasteners 3 will be separate, and will typically cost around $200-$250.
  • Sealant will cost about $100.
  • Cleanup and disposal is typically included in the labor costs of a contractor. However, some bill this separately. If billed separately, this cost would be estimated to be around $200-$250.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Select a modern penny tile 4 or subway tile 5 for $0.50-$1 extra per sq.ft.
  • Install a stainless steel or ceramic sink for between $200 and $450.
  • Install a backsplash 6 for between $400 and $600.
  • Install an endcap 7 to the countertop for between $150 and $200.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Most ceramic tiles are sold in cases that range from 4-100 tiles per box. Boxes are not often split to purchase individual tiles.
  • Always purchase extra tiles for at least 4 extra feet to accommodate normal wastage. This wastage increases when selecting custom tiling patterns, using natural styled tiles, and if your kitchen has a lot of corners or seams 8.
  • The National Tile Contractor's Association (NTCA) is a nonprofit that offers a members locator and a buyer’s guide to assist homeowners in selecting a reputable tile installer.
  • Homeowners can save money by buying tiles themselves.
  • Installers may offer discounts if the installation of the tile countertop is made at the same time of the installation of the backsplash 6.
  • Unglazed ceramic tiles provide more traction, but glazed tiles provide more design options and are the more popular choice. The tile prices are very similarly, but glazed tiles don't require the extra cost of protective sealant, which averages $100.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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glossary term picture Grout 1 Grout: A fluid form of cement used to seal the joints between tiles. It also makes the surface stronger because it bonds the tiles together
glossary term picture Caulking 2 Caulking: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant
3 Fasteners: Hardware used to attach two or more objects to each other. A common example is a nail
glossary term picture Penny Tile 4 Penny tile: A small type of tile, usually between 0.75 inches and 1 inch wide, used to decorate kitchens, bathrooms, and pools
glossary term picture Subway Tile 5 Subway tile: A flat rectangular piece of glazed ceramic, traditionally 3-by-6 inches, used to decorate indoor walls and serve as a backsplash
glossary term picture Backsplash 6 Backsplash: The upright surface, often made of tile, behind a kitchen counter, sink, or stove, that protects the wall from damage from splatter due to kitchen activities
glossary term picture End Cap 7 Endcap: A separate piece of finished material that covers the unfinished edges of a countertop
8 Seams: A fold, line, or groove where two pieces of material join together

Cost to install ceramic tile countertop varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Kansas City, MO
Kissimmee, FL
Knoxville, TN
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Menifee, CA
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Pearland, TX
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Pittsburg, KS
Plano, TX
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Portland, OR
Raleigh, NC
Richlands, NC
Riverside, CA
Rochester, MI
Roy, UT
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