2021 Kitchen Tile Prices For Walls, Floors And Backsplash

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Installing new kitchen tile is one of the most budget friendly ways to boost the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your kitchen.

Because tile is available in such a wide range of materials, sizes and colors, your remodel is only limited by your imagination and budget.

The average 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.

Depending on your needs and vision, you can use tile just as a decorative accent on the kitchen walls, 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.

If you are ready to install new tile in your kitchen, contact your local remodeling pros for FREE ESTIMATES!


Kitchen Floor Tiles

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.

Kitchen Tile

Below is a chart comparing professional installation charges for the most popular floor tile options.

Ceramic Kitchen Floor Tile

Ceramic kitchen tile floors are an economical way to get a new beautiful floor that will last a while, will be easy to clean and will be resistant to moisture.

Ceramic floor tile comes in a wide range of color and design options that replicate the look and feel or real hardwood floors or natural stone, such as travertine or slate.

Ceramic white kitchen floor tiles are very popular because they provide a clean, modern look and can visually expand a small kitchen.

The chart below summarizes how much it cost to install ceramic kitchen floor tiles per square foot.

SIZE (inches) PATTERN PRICE
     
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.

Porcelain Kitchen Floor Tiles

Porcelain kitchen floor tiles are a step up from their ceramic counterparts in terms of design options, overall quality and durability.

Similar to ceramic tile, porcelain floor tile is available in a myriad designs that can suit any kitchen style.

The chart below summarizes porcelain kitchen floor tiles prices per square foot.

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

Marble Kitchen Floor Tiles

Marble is a breathtaking stone that can elevate the look of any kitchen floor. Marble floor tiles are often used in high-end kitchens.

Keep in mind that marble tends to be a porous material and needs to be properly sealed in order to be stain and moisture resistant.

Marble can also scratch fairly easily, so if you have pets or heavy foot traffic in your kitchen, marble flooring may not be the best fit.

The table below summarizes marble flooring tiles per square foot.

12 x 12 – 18 x 18 straight $5.10 – $6.40 / Sq. Ft.
  diagonal $5.60 – $7.10 / Sq. Ft.

Slate Kitchen Floor Tiles

Slate is truly king of the natural stone tiles, offering deep, rich colors and subtle sophistication ideal for Mediterranean, French or Spanish style kitchen remodels.

Slate is an incredibly durable flooring tile and is ideal if you want to install radiant heat flooring in your kitchen.

Another benefit of slate is that it will boost the resale value of your home and help you get top dollar ROI for your kitchen remodel.

Slate does have a few drawbacks. First, like marble it needs to be properly sealed to avoid staining. In fact, slate stone requires two sealing coats, and if your kitchen has a lot of foot traffic, you will need to reseal your slate floor every year. That is A LOT of maintenance to worry about!

Second, there are cheap slate tiles and its best to avoid them, because cheap slate tends to crumble, which is the last thing you want in your kitchen.

Thirdly, slate its a difficult tile material to install, so expect to pay significantly more for installation.

Pro Tip: Its very important to ensure that before the slate tiles are installed, you prepare the subfloor and underlayment properly to ensure that the slate does not crack after it has been installed.

The table below summarizes how much you can expect to spend on installing slate floor tiles per square foot.

12 x 12 – 18 x 18 straight $5.30 – $6.70 / Sq. Ft.
  diagonal $5.70 – $7.25 / Sq. Ft.

Granite Kitchen Floor Tiles

Real granite is the most popular stone tile among homeowners looking for the luxury look and feel on natural stone tile flooring in their kitchens.

Like all other stone tile, granite needs to be sealed, but it unlike slate it does not need to be resealed very often, every 3-4 years will suffice.

What makes granite floor tiles so popular is the wide array of beautiful colors and patterns available. As such granite is a great match for a much wider range of kitchen designs, compared to slate or marble.

Among granite flooring many advantages are the fact that its heat, moisture and fade resistant tile, which is easy to clean and maintain. Once granite is sealed, it will also be stain resistant; however if not properly sealed granite can stain.

On the downside, keep in mind that if you don’t have radiant heat floors, granite floor tiles, like other natural stone will tend to get cold, especially if you live in areas where temperatures drop in the fall and winter months.

Granite floor tiles are not a DIY friendly flooring option, they are heavy, difficult and time consuming to install, require a lot of special tools and expertise to properly cut and install.

The table below summarizes the cost of granite tile floors per square foot.

12 x 12 – 18 x 18 straight $5.45 – $7.00 / Sq. Ft.
  diagonal $6.00 – $7.50 / Sq. Ft.

Kitchen Wall Tiles

Wall Tile Kitchen Backsplash

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. In fact, installing new wall tile, is one of the most affordable kitchen remodels.

Ceramic wall 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 tile 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.

CERAMIC WALL TILE PRICES

SIZE (inches) PATTERN PRICE
     
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

PORCELAIN WALL TILE PRICES

SIZE (inches) PATTERN PRICE
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

MARBLE WALL TILE PRICES

SIZE (inches) PATTERN PRICE
12 x 12 straight $5.70 – $7.40 / Sq. Ft.
  diagonal $6.50 – $8.10 / Sq. Ft.

SLATE WALL TILE PRICES

SIZE (inches) PATTERN PRICE
12 x 12 straight $6.00 – $7.75 / Sq. Ft.
  diagonal $6.75 – $8.20 / Sq. Ft.

GRANITE WALL TILE PRICES

SIZE (inches) PATTERN PRICE
12 x 12 straight $6.25 – $8.00 / Sq. Ft.
  diagonal $7.00 – $8.30 / Sq. Ft.

Kitchen Backsplash Tile

Mosaic Backsplash Tile in the Kitchen

One of the best ways to update the look of your kitchen without venturing into a major kitchen 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 Kitchen Tile Enhancement Costs

Ceramic Tile Kitchen Floor

Keep in mind that there may be a number of additional costs involved in this project. Here is what you should budget for:

JOB DESCRIPTION SIZE COST
     
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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About Leo B

Leo has been a contractor since 2003, specializing in: roofing, siding, general contracting (GC) and residential remodeling. In 2019, Leo has also become a Certified HVAC, Oil & Gas Heating Technician/Installer. In addition to roofing and remodeling, Leo is passionate about Solar, green building and energy conservation, so a lot of my time and energy goes to installing energy efficient heating and cooling systems.


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2 comments on “2021 Kitchen Tile Prices For Walls, Floors And Backsplash

  1. clairedivas

    Yea contractors take less charges for larger tiles installation and high price for small tiles but why?

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    1. Leo B Post author

      Because larger tiles install much faster, and it’s much easier to keep straight lines.

      Consider a small bathroom that is 5×8 feet, and your tub is 5×2.5 feet, so you have roughly a 5×5.5 feet floor. That will use 28 one square foot tiles (with some cutting). It will be fairly simple to keep straight grout lines.

      Now imagine you will be using 2″ square tiles 🙂 … without accounting for grout lines, you will need to install 36 of these tiles (almost 1000 small tiles instead of 28 big ones), for every one 1′ square tiles!!! try to keep those lines straight, and install it in one day …

      Another big challenge will be horizontal leveling

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