How much does it cost to install a porcelain tile backsplash?
Installing porcelain tile backsplash can improve the look of your kitchen dramatically without the major cost of a total kitchen renovation. Porcelain tile is commonly used for kitchen backsplashes and it can be a great feature to add to your kitchen redesign, however, you may want to do it as a standalone project.
Installing your own backsplash 1 can be quite complicated for someone without a background in tile installation, so it’s recommended that you hire a professional for this particular job. For this guide, the example of installing backsplash 1 for an average 10’x10’ kitchen is used.
- A 10’x10’ kitchen will usually need about 30-40 sq.ft. of tile backsplash 1 to be installed.
- Most tile contractors will charge a flat rate per square foot. The rate is usually $10-$15 per sq.ft. in labor costs. This includes measuring and fabricating the backer board, laying out the tile pattern, planning, and grouting 2 and cleaning the surface. It does not include backsplash 1 removal.
- For a 10’x10’ kitchen, the flat rate for labor costs of a porcelain tile backsplash 1 installation would be $150-$400.
- Standard porcelain tile costs an average of $10 per sq.ft.
- For 30-40 square feet, the cost of porcelain tile is $300-$400.
- Grout 2 and sealer also need to be purchased and this will add an extra $75-$125 for grout 2 and $50-$100 for sealer for 30-40 square feet of backsplash 1.
- If charged hourly, which is not common, most tile contractors will charge between $40-$60 per hr. Labor for a standard kitchen backsplash 1 installation is about one and a half day (12 hours), or $600-$720 when charged hourly.
Enhancement and improvement costs
- Backsplash 1 tile removal, when necessary, is usually an additional charge that can cost $2-$5 per sq.ft. including disposal.
- Popular shapes and styles include different colored mosaic square tiles, rectangular tiles, hexagon mosaics, and many others. Different patterns will vary widely in price.
Additional considerations and costs
- More complicated shapes and patterns will cost more (about 10%-40% more) for tile materials per square foot and its installation. Simpler patterns take less time and will be at the lower end of the estimated costs.
- The walls may need to be inspected for a cost of $50-$100 to ensure that they are sturdy enough to hold the tiles, but some installers will do this for free.
- Installing smaller tiles is more time consuming because of the extra cutting/grouting 2 that is needed and it may add an extra 20%-40% to installation costs.
- You can use other materials apart from porcelain for your backsplash 1. Ceramic tile backsplash 1 costs $8-$15 per sq.ft. depending on the quality. Glass tile backsplash 1 can cost between $8-$17/sq.ft. Stone and steel are premium backsplash 1 materials. Steel backsplash 1 can cost between $10-$20 /sq.ft. Slate 3 or stone backsplash 1 can cost between $10-$20/sq.ft.
- Porcelain in general is a higher quality material than ceramic which is why it is priced higher, usually 10%-25% higher. It is also more durable.
- It’s a good idea to buy several spare tiles, because some of them may be chipped or broken during the installation and will need to be replaced. It’s also a good idea to store them for the future in case damage occurs to the backsplash 1.
- Don’t necessarily go with the cheapest bid; it’s recommended to get at least 3 bids before making a final decision.
- It’s recommended to buy the tile before you hire a contractor in order to save money on material costs; many contractors will charge you more to purchase tile for you.