Porcelain Tile Backsplash Cost

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.

Cost breakdown

  • 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 1Ceramic 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.

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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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1 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
2 Grouting: A fluid form of cement used to seal the joints between tiles. It also makes the surface stronger because it bonds the tiles together
3 Slate: A fine-grained rock, typically bluish-gray in color, that can easily be split into thin layers and is commonly used as a roofing material

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

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Alexandria, VA
+2%
Alpharetta, GA
+9%
Annandale, VA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Borger, TX
-9%
Bridgeport, CT
+43%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Calera, AL
-9%
Cary, NC
-5%
Chantilly, VA
+5%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Chelmsford, MA
+36%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Columbus, GA
-20%
Danbury, CT
+43%
Danville, VA
-42%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Dublin, CA
+35%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Lakewood, OH
+7%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Miami, FL
+1%
Midland, TX
-15%
Moreno Valley, CA
-6%
New Market, MD
0%
New York, NY
+77%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Oceanside, CA
+8%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Plano, TX
+24%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Port Allen, LA
+4%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Reston, VA
+18%
Richmond, VA
+4%
Rogers, MN
+8%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Saint Petersburg, FL
-11%
Salina, KS
-17%

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