Tile flooring is installed in cement over concrete or other hard, prepared surfaces. Ceramic tile is a common choice of material for interior or exterior floors.
You will find that the cost to install an average ceramic tile floor depends upon material and finish grade, surface area and material volume, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.
In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.
Tile flooring: 500 sq.ft. with 120 feet of perimeter base board; include costs for miscellaneous material, equipment, and waste.
|Item||Unit Cost||Quantity||Line Cost|
|Ceramic tile: transport all material and install 500 sq.ft. of Grade 1 tiles 5/16" thick in 3/4" layer of mortar cement on top of prepared floor base.||$2.24||per sq.ft.||525||$1,177|
|Cove base: 120' of 2-1/4" cemented matching cove-base.||$2.58||per foot||120||$310|
|Upgrade: additional cost to include a 1-1/4" concrete compression and leveling layer between tiles and floor base.||$1.11||per sq.ft.||525||$584|
|Material Cost||$4.14||per sq.ft.||500||$2,072|
|+ Labor Cost (standard)||$36||per hour||60||$2,160|
|+ Labor Cost (upgrade)||$36||per hour||8||$288|
|Total Cost||$9.04||per sq.ft.||500||$4,520|
Other considerations and costs
- These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
- Taxes and permit fees are not included.
- This project is not highly suitable for DIY.
- Quite beyond a concrete pour, ceramic tile requires artisan skills.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.