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    In this guide, we're going to explore everything you need to know about installing wall tiles, the different types available and all the costs associated with these types of jobs.

    Wall tile installation

    Average Cost of Installing Wall Tiles:

    Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes: 1-2 days


    How Much Does It Cost to Install Wall Tiles?

    A number of aspects can change the price of the installation of the wall tiles. The most obvious aspect is the size of the area that needs to be tiled.

    The materials needed can also vary in price depending on what style or type of tile you are looking for. For example, grey gloss ceramic wall tiles (£20 per square meter) are more expensive than stone effect ceramic tiles (£13 per square meter).

    White wall tiles

    The ease of access is also an aspect that can affect the price, the contractor you use may charge more for a particularly tricky area to lay the tiles as more work may be required.

    Along with the aspects stated, the location of the property can have an impact. Typically, work in the south of England costs more than in the North by around £50-£100 due to the cost of living in the respective areas.

    Labour costs can vary from £150-£250 per day.

    Wall Tile Installation Prices

    Material Tile Size 11 M2 5 M2 2 M2 1 M2
    Ceramic 100mm x 200mm £800 £360 £144 £72
    Porcelain 600mm x 600mm £875 £395 £158 £79
    Glazed 130mm x 130 mm £1000 £450 £180 £90
    Natural Stone 300mm x 600mm £2275 £1030 £412 £206
    Glass 300mm x 300mm £750 £680 £136 £68
    Mosaic 300mm x 300mm £2250 £1020 £408 £204

    Supply Only Costs

    Below is an example of the type of tiles you can purchase to complete the tile-laying yourself.

    Material Tile Size 1 M2 Tile Adhesive Total
    Ceramic-Taupe Gloss 100mm x 300mm £20 £8
    Grey Wall & floor Grout, 2.5kg
    15kg Ultimate super grab Ready mixed Tile Adhesive
    Porcelain - Stone Effect 600mm x 300mm £13 £15
    15kg Ultimate super grab Ready mixed Tile Adhesive
    Natural Stone 300mm x 600mm £60 £15
    15kg Ultimate super grab Ready mixed Tile Adhesive

    Additional Costs

    The cost of installation has been outlined in this article however, there are some additional costs you may need to be aware of.

    If you already have tiles in your bathroom/kitchen, you may need somebody to remove them and dispose of them. This is added labour and depending on how easy the tiles are to be removed, it could end up costing you an extra £150-£200 a day.

    Tiling a shower

    You may also want to consider installing new tiles. For instance, if you have a stand-alone shower, it may be worth tiling that to make sure it fits in with the aesthetic. The last thing you want is a shower that stands out like a sore thumb.

    The cost of tiling a shower comes in at around £300-£400, which can really make the difference to making your dream bathroom come to fruition.

    Labour Costs and Timescales

    As outlined in the previous sections, labour accounts for a substantial amount of the budget.

    Based on estimates, you can expect the labour costs to range from £150-£250 a day. One variable of this is the location, as explained before, the labour costs in London can range from £50-£100 more than in the North.

    Man measuring walls for tiling

    The price may also vary depending on ease of access. The timescales range from two hours to two days, depending on the size of the job. The preparation and application of the tiles usually take around about one day and then left to set for 24 hours.

    Then the grout needs to be applied, which can take one day depending on the size of the area. From then, the tiles need to be left to fully dry and set for around 72 hours before any heavy use.

    Cost Factors of Installing Wall Tiles

    The type of wall tile you choose will contribute to the overall cost, as detailed earlier tiles made from ceramic as almost three times cheaper than those made from natural stone. The room size has a big part to play in the cost as naturally, the more material you need the more it will cost.

    Installing tiles

    The ease of access can also affect the price. If the room that needs tiling is in an awkward position, a contractor may increase the cost as more work will be required.

    Lastly, the location will have an impact as regions in the South of England tend to be a lot more expensive for the labour costs.

    What's Involved in Wall Tile Installation?

    We will now outline how the tiling process is completed.

    Prepare the Surface

    This is the step that is constant in most projects. This stage involves preparing the area before tiling.

    You will need to make sure that the surface is smooth and ensure the area is clean and dry.

    Any uneven surfaces need to be repaired, and any appliances of mouldings need to be removed if it is going to impact the laying of the tile.

    Start the Layout

    It is important to keep the tiles symmetrical and perfectly square.

    This can be achieved by locating the middle of the wall and marking it with a piece of chalk. This is so it is easier to pinpoint the middle of the room. From there, you can make any adjustments that are needed.

    Advance your Layout

    From the centre point, loosely lay out the tiles along the centre lines. At this point, tile spacers are required to make sure the gaps between the tiles are consistent and that the tiles fit evenly. Once the walls are covered, mark and cut to the desired size.

    Apply Adhesive

    It is important to note that the adhesive is only usable for around 30 minutes. It would be best if you only made enough adhesive to last you 30 minutes to avoid waste.

    Using the flat edge of the trowel, spread the adhesive across the tile at around a quarter-inch coat. This should be spread on the surface of one of the grid areas avoiding the guidelines.

    At this point, you will then use the notched side of the trowel at a 45-degree angle and spread the adhesive to the standing ridges.

    Cut Your Tiles

    Using a pencil, carefully mark out the desired size and shape on the tile surface, then, using a tile cutter, make the relevant cuts. Once completed, then smooth out the sharp edges.

    Set the Tiles

    This is where the preparation from step one comes in. At this point, you will carefully lay the tiles starting from the centre of the room, one grid at a time. Be sure to finish each grid before moving on.

    Hammering wall tiles

    Spacers are useful when laying tiles to keep everything consistent. Once the grid is completely installed, it is now time to tap each tile using a rubber mallet and wooden block to make sure the tiles are fully bonded. Remove the excess adhesive from the joints to make sure the even look is maintained.

    Grout the Joints

    The grout is a very important step. This gives the finishing touches to make everything come together. The grout needs to be made to last around 30 minutes.

    From here, you will remove the spacers and spread the grout into the tile surface. Forcing the grout into the joints is very important to use a rubber float to make sure the grout is fully inserted. Remove any excess grout from the surface immediately using a damp cloth.

    The Final Step

    Let the tiles fully dry and then give the tiles a good clean again using a damp cloth, do not go too hard, though, as the tiles need 72 hours to set before any heavy use.

    Can I Tile a Wall Myself?

    Tiling the wall yourself is not the most dangerous DIY project you can do. It would work out substantially cheaper to do it yourself as you can save on the labour costs, but would you be prioritizing cost over quality?

    Getting the tiles professionally done will always be the safest option, as they have the correct tools, the experience and the knowledge on what to do if something was to go wrong.

    Tiling a wall

    Time is something worth looking at, tiling is very time-consuming, so if you have a moderately busy lifestyle, this could become increasingly difficult to get completed.

    There is a real danger of hurting yourself, as ceramic and porcelain can be very sharp when dropped, not to mention when they have been cut. The cutting process can be difficult, especially without the correct tools. The tools required are somewhat unique to the trade of tiling.

    Building Regulations & Planning Permission for Wall Tiling

    The tiles that are being fitted will not require planning permission or any building regulations.

    Choosing Wall Tiles

    Here are a list of wall tiles that you can choose from:

    Porcelain Tiles

    This type of tile is very common, as it offers a somewhat natural look. The main positive is that the tiles come in different styles and colours, which means you will more than likely find something to match your home.

    When the tiles are installed, they are very easy to maintain as the gloss finish is easy to clean and wear and tear takes quite a while to show.

    The downside is that they can be challenging to install, meaning if you wanted to save the cost for the labour, you would find it difficult to install yourself.

    Ceramic Tiles

    Ceramic tiles are very durable and can be versatile within a home as they can be installed in many different rooms.

    The tiles come in many different styles and colours, so the choice is yours.

    Ceramic wall tiles

    The installation is considered to be very easy, which means you can save some money on labour and have a go at laying the tiles yourself.

    The downside is that the tiles do not look as natural as the other tiles on the list, which can be an issue for some people.

    Quartz Tiles

    Quartz is a luxurious tile and can give a fantastic glossy finish. With quartz being stone, it requires no maintenance or yearly sealing.

    Quartz wall tiles

    While this is a positive, it can also be a downside, as quartz does not need resealing or maintenance because it is non-porous, meaning it does not absorb water. This could be perceived as a negative point due to the fact it can become somewhat slippery.

    Marble Tiles

    Marble tiling is on the higher end of the tiling price range. Marble is elegant, sleek and classy.

    Marble wall tiles

    Marble can be quite hard to maintain and can also be very easily scratched. The price tag may be something that can have a negative connotation as the price is effectively more than other tiles.

    Hiring Contractors to Tile a Wall Checklist

    When looking for a professional, it is important that you get the right person for the job.

    Below are some important things to check for when choosing your contractor:

    1. How experienced is the contractor?
    2. What qualifications does the contractor have?
    3. Is there a guarantee that the contractor offers with their work?
    4. How many contractors will be carrying out the work?
    5. If any issues are to arise, will the contractor fix these?
    6. Will the contractor take care of the waste removal?
    7. Does the contractor supply the materials, or will you have to supply the materials?
    8. How much is the contractor charging? Be sure to get a full breakdown to make sure the money you are paying is worth the work that is being carried out.


    How do you remove tile adhesive from a wall?
    1. Fill a container with hot water
    2. Once the adhesive begins to soften, begin to scrape the adhesive from the wall.
    3. Apply adhesive removing paste to the wall.
    4. Scrape the wall again with a putty knife which will remove the adhesive.
    How thick should wall tile adhesive be?
    In general, the recommended amount of tile adhesive is around 1.5mm for tiling. This does change, however, depending on the type and size of the tile. It is always best to check the manufacturer's recommendation.
    Can I Use Wall Tiles on My Floor?
    As a general rule, no. However, this can change depending on the tile. Some tiles allow you to use them as both wall and flooring tiles.

    The main difference is the thickness of the tiles. Floor tiles are usually thicker as naturally, they will have more weight and more wear on them. Using wall tiles will most likely result in broken tiles a lot more frequently.
    Why should I get tiled flooring?
    Tiled flooring is very common, and for good reason, the finish on a tile floor is very neat and tidy. They are very easy to maintain, and in most cases, you can wipe them clean when they get dirty.

    If you have pets, they are particularly good as you don't have to worry about any mess in carpets as you can simply wipe any mess up.
    What are the differences between ceramic and stone tiles?
    Stone is cut to reveal the natural texture of the stone. This means that there is a possibility for the tile to be uneven and variable in shape and size.

    On the other hand, ceramic is a manufactured product with a very cookie-cutter type manufacturing process, meaning it is a lot more consistent.

    The issue is that ceramic cannot match the natural beauty of the natural stone.
    How many floor tiles do I need?
    Square/rectangle room: multiply the length by the width to get the room's square footage, then add 10% to make sure you have enough tiles to cover any wastage.

    From there, you will know what area you need to fill and then you can take this information to the manufacturer and cross-reference how many you will need.

    For a uniquely shaped room, you should split the room into rectangles and multiply the length by the width to get the square footage of the rectangle. Once this is complete, add the rectangles together and add 10% to make sure you have enough tiles to cover any wastage.

    Then, you will know what area you need to fill, and then you can take this information to the manufacturer and cross-reference how many you will need.


    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 15th September 2021.

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