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Budgeting for Bathroom Tiles: Average Cost and Options

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Are you dreaming of a bathroom renovation but unsure about the cost of tiles? Do the numerous tile options and their varying prices make you feel overwhelmed?

In this blog post, we’ll explore the average cost of different types of bathroom tiles and help you understand your options.

By the end of this post, you’ll have a solid grasp of tile costs and be able to make an informed decision for your bathroom renovation project.

And if you’re looking for design inspiration, be sure to check out our blog on the latest tiling design trends for your bathroom!

Cost To Tile A Bathroom

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The cost to tile a bathroom can vary greatly depending on factors such as the type of tile, the size of the bathroom, and the installation method.

That’s why it’s more useful to look at materials and labor costs for tiling a bathroom so you can determine the most accurate budget for your specific situation. 

However, since retiling a bathroom is often done as part of a larger bathroom remodeling project, it may also be helpful to look at the average cost of a bathroom remodel when thinking about the cost to tile a bathroom.

Per Remodeling Magazine’s 2023 Cost vs. Value report, a midrange bathroom remodel averages about $25,000, while an upscale bathroom remodel averages about $78,000 in the greater Atlanta area.

That being said, you can expect to pay more if you are getting a full luxury bathroom remodel with premium fixtures and finishes in an area larger than 100 square feet.You can see more details about our bathroom remodel pricing tiers here.

Now that you know the average cost of a full bathroom remodel in Georgia, let’s dive into the cost of materials for tiling your bathroom.

First, we’ll break down the cost of some of the most popular types of bathroom tiles.

What Do Different Types Of Bathroom Tiles Cost? 

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Ceramic: $1.25 to $30 per square foot

Ceramic tiles are a popular choice for bathrooms because they are affordable, durable, and available in various colors and designs. They range from basic tiles to high-end options, which explains the wide price range.

Travertine: $3 to $20 per square foot

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Travertine tiles provide a natural, earthy look and are generally more expensive than ceramic tiles. They are suitable for both floor tile and wall tile applications and come in various finishes and colors.

Slate: $8 to $20 per square foot

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Slate tiles offer a rugged, natural look and are often used for bathroom floors. They are durable and slip-resistant, making them a practical choice for wet areas.

Granite: $5 to $200 per square foot

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Granite tiles are known for their strength and durability, as well as their distinctive appearance. They come in various colors, patterns, and price points, making them a versatile choice for bathrooms.

Limestone: $5 per square foot

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Limestone tiles are relatively inexpensive, and their natural, warm appearance makes them a popular choice for bathrooms. They are available in various finishes, such as honed or tumbled.

Porcelain: $3 to $30 per square foot

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Porcelain tiles are similar to ceramic tiles but are denser, more stain-resistant, and more durable. They are available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and finishes, and can mimic the look of natural stone or wood.

Glass tiles: $12 to $26 per square foot

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Glass tiles add a modern, sleek look to bathrooms and are available in various colors, sizes, and shapes. They can be used for accent walls or as a decorative border.

Marble: $10 – $350 per square foot

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Marble tiles are known for their luxurious appearance and are often used in high-end bathroom designs. They are available in various colors and patterns. Prices vary widely based on the style and quality of the marble.

Wood-look tile: $3 to $30 per square foot

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Wood-look tiles are ceramic or porcelain tiles designed to mimic the appearance of wood. They provide the warmth and visual appeal of wood without maintenance concerns.

Vinyl tile: $1 to $3 per square foot

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Vinyl tiles are a budget-friendly option that provides the look of more expensive tiles. They are easy to install and maintain.

Rectified tile: $1 – $6 per square foot

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Rectified tiles are ceramic or porcelain tiles that have been mechanically cut for precise edges and uniform sizing. They offer a clean, modern look and are suitable for bathrooms.

*Keep in mind that the prices above are averages and may change based on market conditions.

Factors That Affect The Cost of Bathroom Tile Installation

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Several factors can influence the overall cost of bathroom tile installation, including:

Size of the area to be tiled

The size of the bathroom area you plan to tile will significantly impact the overall cost of the project. Larger areas will require more tiles, which will increase the material costs.

Additionally, the labor required to install tiles in a larger space will be more time-consuming, increasing labor costs. When planning your bathroom renovation, it’s essential to measure the area accurately and account for any irregular shapes or features that may affect the amount of tile needed.

A good rule of thumb is to purchase 15-20% more tile than you think you’ll need.

Labor costs 

The cost of labor for tile installation can vary widely depending on factors such as the complexity of the project, the experience level of the installer, and the local market rates for skilled labor.

Simple installations with straightforward patterns and minimal cutting may cost less in labor, while intricate designs or installations requiring custom cuts will be more labor-intensive and therefore more expensive.

Additionally, labor costs can vary by region, with urban areas and areas with a higher cost of living typically having higher labor rates. It’s essential to obtain quotes from multiple tile installers to get a clear understanding of the labor costs involved in your project.

That being said, you can expect to pay between $100 to $150 per hour for professional tile installation.

Amount of preparation required

Before installing new bathroom tiles, the area may require various preparation tasks, such as removing old tiles, repairing or leveling the subfloor, or installing a backer board.

The amount of preparation work needed will depend on the current condition of your bathroom and the type of tile you choose. More extensive preparation work will increase the overall cost of the project, as it will require more labor and materials.

It’s crucial to assess the existing condition of your bathroom and consult with a professional to determine the extent of preparation work needed to ensure a successful tile installation.

Type of tile

As noted above, the cost of tile can range from as little as $1 per square foot, to over $350.

Tile rating

Tile ratings indicate the durability and suitability of tiles for various applications. Higher-rated tiles are typically more expensive due to their enhanced durability and performance.

Here’s a quick rundown of the five classes of tile, as rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI)

  • Class I: These tiles are best suited for wall applications and light residential use, such as bathroom walls. They are not recommended for floors or high-traffic areas.
  • Class II: Suitable for light to moderate traffic areas, such as residential bathroom floors. They are not recommended for areas with heavy foot traffic or commercial applications.
  • Class III: Recommended for moderate to heavy traffic areas in residential settings, such as kitchens, hallways, and living rooms. They are not suitable for commercial applications.
  • Class IV: Suitable for all residential applications and some light commercial settings, such as offices and small shops. These tiles can withstand moderate to heavy foot traffic.
  • Class V: The most durable tiles, suitable for both residential and commercial applications with heavy foot traffic, such as shopping malls and public spaces.

Installation location

Labor for wall tile and countertop tile installations are typically more expensive than floor tile installations.

Additional Cost Considerations

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When planning your bathroom tile project, it’s essential to consider the following additional costs to ensure you have an accurate budget:

  • Backer board installation: A backer board is a water-resistant material installed behind tiles to provide support and prevent moisture from penetrating the wall or floor structure. The cost of backer board installation varies depending on the type of board used, the size of the area, and the complexity of the installation. 
  • Subfloor repair: If your bathroom subfloor is damaged or uneven, it may need repair or leveling before tile installation can proceed. Repairing a subfloor can cost several hundred or several thousand dollars, depending on the extent of the damage and the materials required. More extensive repairs or subfloor replacement will incur higher costs.
  • Subfloor installation: In some cases, a new subfloor may be necessary to ensure a stable and level surface for tile installation. The cost of installing a new subfloor will depend on the materials used and the size of the area. 
  • Geographic location: Labor costs for tile installation can vary significantly depending on where you live. In areas with a higher cost of living or a competitive market for skilled labor, you may need to pay more for a professional installer.
  • Cost of mortar or adhesive and groutMortar or adhesive is used to secure the tiles to the substrate, while grout is used to fill the joints between the tiles. The cost of these materials can vary depending on the type and quality you choose. On average, you can expect to pay between $0.50 and $2 per square foot for mortar or adhesive, and between $0.25 and $1 per square foot for grout. Keep in mind that some tiles, such as glass or stone, may require specialty mortars or adhesives, which can increase the cost.

When planning your bathroom renovation, make sure to account for these additional costs to avoid surprises and ensure a smooth project from start to finish.

Tile installation: DIY vs. Hiring A Professional

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If you’re considering installing bathroom tiles yourself, the cost of installation will be the value of your own time.

On the other hand, hiring a professional for the installation will usually cost between $100 and $150 per hour, depending on the specific contractor you hire.

While DIY installation can save you money, it’s essential to weigh the benefits against the risks. A professional installer will have the experience and expertise to ensure a high-quality finish, while a DIY project might lead to mistakes that could cost more to fix in the long run.

If you’d like more information about the pros and cons of DIYing a bathroom remodel, be sure to check out our blog post on  DIY Bathroom Remodeling vs. Hiring a Contractor: A Cost and Time Comparison.

Ranney Blair Are Your Local Bathroom Remodeling Experts

We hoped you have learned some valuable information about the cost of various types of bathroom tiles and factors that can affect the overall cost of your bathroom renovation. Armed with this knowledge, you can make an informed decision when selecting tiles for your bathroom remodel.

Here at Ranney Blair, we specialize in home remodeling and can help you create the bathroom of your dreams. Our experienced team can guide you through the entire process, from tile selection to installation. Fill out our contact form today or give us a call to discuss your bathroom renovation project!