The average cost to install tile in a bathroom is $7-10 per square foot. Your total will range depending on the quality of tile, as well as the space where it is installed.
Your can put tile on bathroom floors, walls, shower stall, backsplash behind the vanity, or mosaics.
Compare prices for different tile materials, from budget friendly ceramics to high-end granite and marble.
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Tile Materials Cost Per Square Foot
Typically, man-made options, such as ceramic tile, will be significantly less than natural stone.
Here are average prices per square foot for the most popular types of tile (excludes installation):
|MATERIAL||AVERAGE COST PER SQ.FT. ( low to high)|
|Ceramic||$4.60 / Sq. Ft.|
|Porcelain||$5.05 / Sq. Ft.|
|Marble||$6.20 / Sq. Ft.|
|Limestone||$6.20 / Sq. Ft.|
|Slate||$6.45 / Sq. Ft.|
|Pebble (set on 12â x 12â mesh)||$6.55 / Sq. Ft.|
|Granite||$6.70 / Sq. Ft.|
|Sandstone||$6.70 / Sq. Ft.|
|Travertine||$6.90 / Sq. Ft.|
|Onyx||$7.15 / Sq. Ft.|
|Glass (not mosaic)||$7.55 / Sq. Ft.|
|Mosaic (set on the mesh)||$9.50 + / Sq. Ft.|
|Loose pebble (or standing)||$17.0 / Sq. Ft.|
Best Floor Tile For Your Bathroom
When choosing tile for your bathroom floor, the single most important factor you should consider is slip resistance. Naturally, there will be a lot of moisture in your bathroom, and you should select a material that you can comfortably step and walk on when its wet, or has water spills on it.
This is especially important if children and/or older people will be using this bathroom, as you don’t want any fall accidents! Similarly, if you are planning to install tile in your shower, it should also be slip resistant.
Here are a couple of options to consider:
Ceramic: this is a great choice if you are on a budget. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, it is a top choice for 83% of remodels. In large part this is because ceramic tile installation cost per square foot is 20-40% cheaper than other tile materials. Ceramic is resistant to cracking, chipping, and scratches. It is also none-porous (moisture-resistant) and will not require sealing. There are countless color, size and texture options available to suite any style your want. Look for glazed tile with an anti-slip finish to ensure maximum safety.
Porcelain: boasts all the features and benefits of ceramics, with added durability and finer aesthetics. Porcelain can be made to look like many natural stone and wood options. This makes it a top choice for homeowners who want an upscale look without the expensive price tag of more high-end varieties.
Slate: among stone options, slate is a top choice for a bathroom floor, because its surface makes it highly slip resistant. It is also an extremely durable and moisture resistant material. On the down side, slate, and any stone for that matter, will need to be periodically re-sealed (about every 10 years).
Regardless of the material you choose, it is best to go for smaller vs. larger size pieces for maximum slip resistance. Small tile means more grout lines, which will translate into a floor surface with more traction.
Moreover, high gloss products tends to be more slippery than matte ones. Similarly, out of different stone options, marble and granite are more slippery, because they are highly polished.
|Ceramic Tile||14 x 14 – 24 x 24||straight||$3.80 – $4.00 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$4.00 – $4.40 / Sq. Ft.|
|8 x 8 – 13 3/4 x 13 3/4||straight||$4.40 – $4.90 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$4.90 – $5.20 / Sq. Ft.|
|6 x 6 – 7 3/4 – 7 3/4||straight||$5.20 – $5.70 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.70 – $6.30 / Sq. Ft.|
|2 x 2 – 5 3/4 x 5 3/4||straight||$6.20 + / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.70 + / Sq. Ft.|
|Porcelain Tile||14 x 14 – 24 x 24||straight||$4.00 – $4.50 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$4.50 – $5.00 / Sq. Ft.|
|8 x 8 – 13 3/4 x 13 3/4||straight||$5.00 – $5.15 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.15 – $5.65 / Sq. Ft.|
|6 x 6 – 7 3/4 – 7 3/4||straight||$5.65 – $6.15 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.15 – $6.75 / Sq. Ft.|
|2 x 2 – 5 3/4 x 5 3/4||straight||$6.75 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|diagonal||$7.25 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|Marble Tile||12 x 12 – 18 x 18||straight||$5.10 – $6.40 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.60 – $7.10 / Sq. Ft.|
|Slate Tile||12 x 12 – 18 x 18||straight||$5.30 – $6.70 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.70 – $7.25 / Sq. Ft.|
|Granite Tile||12 x 12 – 18 x 18||straight||$5.45 – $7.00 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.00 – $7.50 / Sq. Ft.|
The wall tile in your bathroom is not limited by any practical considerations, besides moisture resistance. This gives you countless design options to play around with. Use different colors, textures and sizes to create a unique space you will enjoy.
|Ceramic Tile||14 x 14 – 24 x 24||straight||$4.30 – $4.70 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$4.70 – $5.20 / Sq. Ft.|
|8 x 8 – 13 3/4 x 13 3/4||straight||$5.20 – $5.80 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.80 – $6.20 / Sq. Ft.|
|6 x 6 – 7 3/4 – 7 3/4||straight||$6.20 – $6.70 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.70 – $7.30 / Sq. Ft.|
|2 x 2 – 5 3/4 x 5 3/4||straight||$7.30 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|diagonal||$8.20 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|Porcelain Tile||14 x 14 – 24 x 24||straight||$4.45 – $5.00 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.00 – $5.45 / Sq. Ft.|
|8 x 8 – 13 3/4 x 13 3/4||straight||$5.45 – $5.80 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.80 – $6.40 / Sq. Ft.|
|6 x 6 – 7 3/4 – 7 3/4||straight||$6.40 – $7.00 / Sq. Ft|
|diagonal||$7.00 – $7.50 / Sq. Ft.|
|2 x 2 – 5 3/4 x 5 3/4||straight||$8.00 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|diagonal||$8.50 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|Marble Tile||12 x 12||straight||$5.70 – $7.40 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.50 – $8.10 / Sq. Ft.|
|Slate Tile||12 x 12||straight||$6.00 – $7.75 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.75 – $8.20 / Sq. Ft.|
|Granite Tile||12 x 12||straight||$6.25 – $8.00 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$7.00 – $8.30 / Sq. Ft.|
If money is not a concern, you can use mosaics to add that extra wow factor to your bathroom design. From entire murals on the walls to tasteful accents, there are many creative ways to incorporate mosaic tiles into your bathroom.
Be sure to select a mosaic that offers at least 95% contact from the tile to the backer board. Otherwise you risk moisture getting trapped behind, as well as rot, mold, pieces falling off and many other costly and unpleasant issues.
Price of tile: it can greatly vary depending on the material. Ceramic, glass, porcelain, china, mirror, stone are all common materials. The price range is very broad: $2-25 per sq.ft.
Installation: Labor to install mosaic tile can be quite expensive, and depends on the complexity of labor involved. This high price is due to the fact that mosaic is difficult and time consuming to work with. Precision, special materials and tools, and most importantly experience are all a MUST for a successful job that will last. Artistic murals will be thousands of dollars and the work needs to be done by a mosaic artist.
The more detailed the design and the more pieces need to be cut, the more expensive the final price will be. Here are three general price tiers for this project:
1. Budget (easy): large, random cut pieces. Costs $15 – $30 per sq. ft.
2. Mid-range (semi-difficult): small, pre-cut square pieces with a some hand-cuts. Costs: $30 – $50 per sq. ft.
3. High-end (complex): small pieces of tile that are each hand-cut to fit a specific design. Costs: $50 – $300 per sq. ft.
Supplementary materials: you also need to factor in $2.42-2.80 per sq. ft. of other necessary supplies, such as primer, sealant and construction adhesive.
Tile For The Shower
If you just want to install tiles in your shower, you can expect to spend $1,800-2,500 for a medium 9 sq. ft. shower stall. Overall, pricing will depend on the grade of tile materials. Cheap ceramic tile can start at $0.50 per square foot.
Moreover, labor costs to install shower tiles are higher, around $10 per square foot. If you are re-tiling, expect to spend $300-450 extra to remove existing tile. Finally, it’s very important to install a waterproofing membrane, which will add another $250-350 to the total cost.
Enhancements And Improvements
In addition to the estimates quoted above, you may have some extra charges:
|Install tile baseboard||3.5 in x 12 in||$2.5 – 3.5 / Ln. Ft.|
|Install backer boards||3′ x 5′||$20 – 25 / each|
|Install tile backsplash||$15 – 41 / Sq. Ft.|
|Purchase thin-set or mortar and grout materials||$0.9 – $1.9 / Sq. Ft.|
|Demolition of existing floor or wall tile||$0.95 – $1.45 / Sq. Ft.|
|Replace old/broken subflooring (requires hiring a carpenter)||$90 – 135 (for around three hours of labor billed at a rate of $30 – 45 / hr|
|Remove bathroom fixtures (sink, toilet, shelving, etc)||$250 – 350|
|Remove waste material (dumpster fee)||$150|
Radiant Floor Heating
You should also consider installing a radiant heat mat under your floor tile, as it tends to be cold and may be unpleasant to the touch. You can expect to pay around $700 (materials and labor) for an electric mat style radiant floor heating for an average size bathroom.
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