Tiling a Floor Cost
Floor tiling prices and advice
Floor tiles are a great flooring option for your kitchen or bathroom, they look great, are easy to clean and are resistant to water. Ceramic floor tiles, in particular, are very popular nowadays and are larger and more robust than wall tiles so they can withstand a lot of foot traffic. Tiles come in many different materials, shapes and sizes, but if you are working on a smaller budget then simple square and rectangular vinyl or even porcelain tiles are the best options.
In addition to being cheaper to buy, they are also easier and quicker to lay so cost less if you are hiring someone. There is a huge variety of floor tiles available with the costs depending on the type and quality. Vinyl tiles are probably the cheapest options and are easily cut yet will be waterproof if properly sealed. But other popular tile types include Ceramic, Quarry, Mosaic and Porcelain tiles.
Typical floor tiling costs
Things to consider when tiling floors
It’s important to remember that the cost of a tiling job will vary greatly depending on your chosen tiles. For most tiling projects in the UK, homeowners will typically buy their preferred tiles and then ask a tradesman to quote for fitting. This is not necessarily the best way to go about things! Better to ask a tradesman to quote for the supply and fit of the type of tiles you prefer, then shop around for tile prices. An installation only quote may still work out cheaper, but often local tradesmen can get much better prices on tiles than you can!
Tiling costs for floors will obviously depend on the size of the room and the type/quality of tiles chosen. Your location will also have an impact on the prices as there are large price variations across the different regions of the UK, with London and the South East being by far the most expensive. The existing floor surface will also make a difference to the prices you get quoted. For example, if old tiles have to removed and a new waterproof boarding has to be installed then this takes more time so will push up the prices due to the extra surface preparation.
When choosing bathroom, and to a lesser extent kitchen, floor tiles, remember to pick non-slip tile materials to prevent dangerous falls when wet. Plus always ensure the floor base is sufficiently waterproof. Finally, remember that if you are purchasing the tiles yourself, once you have measured up, allow for an extra 25% for breakages in transit and for mistakes when the tiles are being cut down to size.
Doing it Yourself
One of the ways you can save money with tiling is to buy and collect the tiles yourself, along with the grout and anything else you will need, then prepare the floor surface ready for the tiler just to come n and get started. Alternatively, if you are handy at DIY, you could save a lot of money by doing the tiling as a DIY project. But you need to be sure you have the necessary skills and patience before attempting this, as tiling is a skilled job! If you are not 100% sure you can do this job and achieve a professional finish- then do not even attempt it as it will end up costing you even more money than just getting a professional in to do it in the first place!
But if you are confident, start by making sure the surface you’re tiling is clean, dry and flat (and waterproof if bathroom). You need to carefully set out the tiles in a clear grid pattern formed by the joints between the tiles by centring rather than your grid starting in a corner. When you start laying the tiles, it’s important that the faces are level as if any of them are uneven it will completely spoil the effect. Corners are hardly ever straight so don’t cut all the edge tiles the same size, you need to measure up for each edge tile separately. Use plastic corner trims to get a neat finish on any external corners and to help protect the edges from chipping.
Floor tiling checklist
- Tiles are the floor covering of choice in the modern bathroom, but small bathrooms need small tiles
- It can be a challenge to select the right type, style, finish and colour of tile for your requirements
- Tiling is not always as easy as it looks and involves skill which takes a lot of practice to acquire
- Finding a good tiler is never easy as the best ones always seem to be busy
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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New kitchen and floor tiles installed with underfloor heating but the floor have started moving and tiles are chipped. If anyone can do the floor again, please get in touch.
Submitted by Safera
Bathroom floor 3 square meters to tile.
Submitted by Nisha
My kitchen floor tiles need replacing as some have cracked. I have done some investigatory work and discovered there were air pockets in the adhesive below these tiles. I would like to remove all of the floor tiles and replace them with either new tiles or laminate flooring. I am happy to supply the...
Submitted by Sarah
6m2 tiling of the kitchen floor to be done. All the materials required.
Submitted by Tim
Bathroom floor 64" x 45" to be tiled.