Cost to Install Ceramic Tile Floor eHow

Cost to Install Ceramic Tile Floor eHow

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When looking at installing a ceramic tile floor in a home, there are a great number of considerations to be factored into the equation. How big is the area? What kind of tile is being used? Is it cheap or expensive? What is the level of expertise of the installer? Is he a newbie who just got started on his own, or is he a 30+ year master craftsman with millions of dollars of installations behind his name? What kind of thinset and grout will be used? Is it a wet area, such as a bathroom, or is it a dry area, like a living-room floor? What city do you live in? Is it a wet climate, or a dry climate?

These are all factors that can contribute to the overall cost of the installation. As such, being flexible about price is a necessary evil, because there will never really be a set-in-stone price that covers all installations equally.


Designing a floor installation is one of the many factors that can contribute to the price of an installation. A simple straight-lay pattern, for example, will cost considerably less than a complicated diagonal pattern with a straight-lay border, or a custom-made pattern with fancy medallions or similar. The type of pattern will reflect a large portion of the labor price when it comes down to estimates, as the installer in question will be basing his labor price mostly upon the type of installation.


Installers are just like snowflakes. No two will ever be the same. Another downside of the 21st century is the ability for anyone to walk into one of the major home-improvement stores and take one of their read-a-book-and-set-tile classes which gives them certification to buy material from the manufacturers, and call themselves a tile installer. It will be easy to tell the professionals from the newbies, because the newbies will be willing to do the bid for significantly less than a long-time veteran. In some cases the price difference will be enough to make your jaw-drop.

A master craftsman (25+ years of experience in the field) will charge rates similar to that of a lawyer or a doctor for his time and effort. These rates are justified by the fact that the installer in question will have verifiable proof that she is who she says she is. She will likely have performed an 5+ year apprenticeship program with either the Union or a private company, and can provide evidence of such.

Estimates are a good way to judge who are the professionals and who are the starving Johnny Tile Setters willing to do anything just to make a buck.


Warranties will factor into the overall price of your installation. Johnny Tile Setter will usually only offer a one or two year warranty on the installation, while the master craftsman will offer a warranty that is equal to the warranty offered by the manufacturer of the thinset and grout that installer uses. These warranties are usually 10 years or greater.

Additionally, some installers will still perform the old-fashioned mud-work install, which will come with a lifetime guarantee. However, the longer the warranty, the higher the cost of the installation, because the craftsmen will be able to justify the higher cost by the length of the warranty and their faith in their installation.

Cost to Install Ceramic Tile Floor eHow

Square Footage

There is no such thing as a base-line cost-per-square foot. A professional craftsman will never give an estimate on a project based purely upon the square-foot estimate. He will want to come to the home, look at every angle of the project, and using his professional opinion give the most accurate price based upon the entirety of the project, from start to finish.

There are many factors in determining the price of an installation, not just the square footage of the project. Is it a new home, or a remodel? Is it a wet area or dry? Is it a high-traffic area or a low-traffic area? Is it a countertop in a kitchen or a countertop in a laundry room? With such a wide variety of factors included, a truly accurate estimate can only be done by looking at the project as a whole and going from there.


Your budget will determine the cost of your installation. While it is generally true that the more something costs, the better it likely is, there are always cases where a cheaper product might in fact last just as long as a more expensive product. Just remember when looking at the overall cost of an installation to factor in the different angles and ultimately go with what is comfortable with the pocketbook. If a master craftsman is out of the price range, then settling for a middle-of-the-road installer may be the only option, and in some cases, might work out just fine.

Just remember, cheaper is not always better, and in an industry where installers can walk in and get certification by simply reading a book and installing a few pieces of tile on a sample board, there really is such a thing as getting what you paid for.

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