The average reported cost to install tile in the kitchen is $4,700-9,500 for a 1,000 sq.ft. space. This is equivalent to $4.7 – 9.5 per square foot, labor and materials.
If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen, adding tile is one of the most practical ways to increase its aesthetic appeal and functionality. Because tile is available in such a wide range of materials, sizes and colors, your remodel is only limited by your imagination and budget.
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Depending on your needs and vision, you can use tile just as a decorative accent or a prominent functional element, such as the floor.
To help you plan your project, we have collected installation and material costs for tile flooring, walls and backsplash applications in your kitchen.
Floor Tile Installation
Floors in most kitchens take a lot of abuse. Foot traffic, grease, spills, etc take a toll on its durability and looks. Replacing old flooring with tile can instantly breathe new life into your kitchen. When you consider different materials, your priorities should be functionality and longevity.
Below is a chart comparing professional installation charges for the most popular floor tile options.
|14 x 14 – 24 x 24||straight||$3.80 – $4.00 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$4.00 – $4.40 / Sq. Ft.|
|8 x 8 – 13.75 x 13.75||straight||$4.40 – $4.90 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$4.90 – $5.20 / Sq. Ft.|
|6 x 6 – 7.75 – 7.75||straight||$5.20 – $5.70 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.70 – $6.30 / Sq. Ft.|
|2 x 2 – 5.75 x 5.75||straight||$6.20 + / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.70 + / Sq. Ft.|
|14 x 14 – 24 x 24||straight||$4.00 – $4.50 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$4.50 – $5.00 / Sq. Ft.|
|8 x 8 – 13.75 x 13.75||straight||$5.00 – $5.15 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.15 – $5.65 / Sq. Ft.|
|6 x 6 – 7.75 – 7.75||straight||$5.65 – $6.15 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.15 – $6.75 / Sq. Ft.|
|2 x 2 – 5.75 x 5.75||straight||$6.75 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|diagonal||$7.25 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|12 x 12 – 18 x 18||straight||$5.10 – $6.40 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.60 – $7.10 / Sq. Ft.|
|12 x 12 – 18 x 18||straight||$5.30 – $6.70 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.70 – $7.25 / Sq. Ft.|
|12 x 12 – 18 x 18||straight||$5.45 – $7.00 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.00 – $7.50 / Sq. Ft.|
Tile For Kitchen Walls
When it comes to the walls in your kitchen, you don’t really need to worry about protecting them as much as the floor. This gives you a lot more material and style options to play with. Ceramic tile is the most popular and budget friendly choice that many homeowners love. Today, you can get ceramic tile that looks like real wood, marble or slate. Ceramic wood is particularly popular in modern style kitchens where a homeowner is after the natural look of without, but without the high cost and extensive maintenance.
|14 x 14 – 24 x 24||straight||$4.30 – $4.70 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$4.70 – $5.20 / Sq. Ft.|
|8 x 8 – 13 ¾ x 13 ¾||straight||$5.20 – $5.80 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.80 – $6.20 / Sq. Ft.|
|6 x 6 – 7 ¾ – 7 ¾||straight||$6.20 – $6.70 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.70 – $7.30 / Sq. Ft.|
|2 x 2 – 5 ¾ x 5 ¾||straight||$7.30 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|diagonal||$8.20 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|14 x 14 – 24 x 24||straight||$4.45 – $5.00 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.00 – $5.45 / Sq. Ft.|
|8 x 8 – 13 ¾ x 13 ¾||straight||$5.45 – $5.80 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$5.80 – $6.40 / Sq. Ft.|
|6 x 6 – 7 ¾ – 7 ¾||straight||$6.40 – $7.00 / Sq. Ft|
|diagonal||$7.00 – $7.50 / Sq. Ft.|
|2 x 2 – 5 ¾ x 5 ¾||straight||$8.00 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|diagonal||$8.50 / Sq. Ft. and up|
|12 x 12||straight||$5.70 – $7.40 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.50 – $8.10 / Sq. Ft.|
|12 x 12||straight||$6.00 – $7.75 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$6.75 – $8.20 / Sq. Ft.|
|12 x 12||straight||$6.25 – $8.00 / Sq. Ft.|
|diagonal||$7.00 – $8.30 / Sq. Ft.|
One of the best ways to update the look of your kitchen without venturing into a major remodel is to install a backsplash. Here you have an unlimited playground of colors, textures and styles.
Backsplash installation cost varies greatly depending on the tile you use and the level of custom work you are looking for. It turns out that a backsplash is one of the most expensive installs. This is because there is overall small square footage, limited work space, difficult access, and a very visible space, which requires a high level of skill and precision.
You can expect to pay $500-900 for the cost of installing a basic backsplash (20 square feet. total, 2 feet high).
Installation of custom made patterns or high-end designer tile can cost $250 + / sq. ft.
Prices For Popular Tile Materials
When you start browsing through all the tile options, your head might start spinning. To narrow down your choices, focus on the fact that the tile for a kitchen must be durable, practical and easy to clean.
You should take into consideration how much foot traffic goes through your kitchen on a regular basis, water and food spills, potential for scratches, abrasive dirt, etc.
Here is a quick reference chart that summarizes the average price per square foot for all the popular types of tile. You will notice that ceramic tile is the cheapest, while glass, mosaic and loose pebble tile are the most expensive.
In recent years, the use of glass tile for kitchen walls and backsplashes has exploded in popularity, so there are a lot more choices than before.
|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 12 x 12 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.|
Additional Enhancement Costs
Keep in mind that there may be a number of additional costs involved in this project. Here is what you should budget for:
|Install tile baseboard||3.5 in x 12 in||$2.5 – 3.5 / Ln. Ft.|
|Install backer boards||3′ x 5′||$20 – 25 / each|
|Demolition of existing floor or wall tile||$0.95 – 1.45 / Sq. Ft.|
|Purchase thin-set or mortar and grout materials||$0.9 – 1.9 / 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 waste material (dumpster fee)||$150|
How Flooring Pros Charge For Tile Installs
There are a lot of factors that go into the final estimate for doing tile in your kitchen. Here are some of the things that may increase your total cost.
1. Most prices you will see online (including this post) are for the basic tile patterns (straight and diagonal). More complex patterns and especially mosaics can cost 2-3 times more than what is listed. Only a tile installer can give you a real estimate once he comes to take a look at your kitchen and the design you have in mind.
2. Depending on where you live, installation costs can vary as much as 20-30% up or down, compared to the national average. In expensive cities and suburbs around US, contractors have the luxury to charge premium rates, where as more modest geographic locations have more reasonable prices. So don’t be surprised if you live in San Francisco, and your local tile installer will give you an estimate that is much much higher than what you calculated on line.
3. There is always an up-charge for small jobs, because the contractor has to cover his basic set-up, clean-up and overhead costs. Consequently you can get a better deal if you decide to go for a bigger job.
4. Installation of stone tile will cost significantly more than ceramic or porcelain, because it requires greater precision, special cutting tools, and is more time consuming.
5. The total price to install large size tile will be less than for small size.
6. If you want high – end tile, its advisable to hire a professional contractor who has experience with this material. While it will cost significantly more than hiring a handy man, getting a top quality installation is well worth the extra charge.
7. Floor tile must be installed on a sub-floor that is completely smooth, flat, and clean. You may need to pay extra to either fix the existing sub-floor or add a cement backer board.
8. All stone tile will require re-sealing every couple of years, which adds to the total maintenance time and cost. While the initial seal coat will be included in the total price, you need to budget for future re-sealing procedures.
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