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What Does a Bathroom Tile Project Really Cost?

Learn about important costs to include in your bathroom tile renovation budget.

 What Does a Bathroom Tile Project Really Cost?When it comes to installing new bathroom tile on your floors, walls, or shower surround, the actual cost per square foot for your tile is just the beginning. There are many other costs that you may need to account for in your renovation budget. Here is a brief overview to help you start planning your bathroom tile renovation.

Demolition Costs: Of course, before you can install your lovely new bathroom tile, you must remove the old tile. This step is relatively easy to do yourself if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty. However, if you like you can have your contractor handle this step for you. Professional demolition is recommended if you are also taking on tasks like replacing the bathtub or shower surround.

Prep Costs: Depending on the structural condition of your walls and flooring, you may incur significant prep costs to restore these surfaces to a condition where they can successfully accept tile. If your subfloor or wall studs need to be replaced due to water damage, you will need to engage a carpenter at about $35 per hour, plus materials. Even if your floor and walls are structurally sound, your tile installation contractor will still need to spend time installing new moisture-resistant drywall and smoothing and leveling the surfaces. Also bear in mind that your toilet and tub/shower fixtures will need to be removed in order to tile under them.

Installation Costs: Once the floor and/or walls are ready, your contractor will set to work laying the tile and sealing it with grout. In most cases you can build $10 per square foot into your budget and be covered on this part of the project. Be sure to spring for a high-quality, stain-resistant grout to help keep your tile looking newer longer.

Tile Costs: You will of course have to include the cost per square foot of your bathroom tile in your planning. Bear in mind that while glass tile looks lovely on bathroom walls, you should be selecting a slip-proof tile for your bathroom floors. Be sure to purchase 10 to 20 percent more tile than you actually need to cover your space so that you will have extra tiles on hand for any future repairs that may be needed.

Of course, the best way to get a precise idea of the costs for your specific job is to consult an experienced contractor for an estimate. If you like, you can contact Mission Tile West for a referral to a tile installation specialist.