Installing ceramic tiles as surface finish adds value to the any home and building plan. It helps to bring out the look that designers want to achieve in any indoor or outdoor project. Needless to say, this entails significant cost.

Components of the budget for tile installation

Cost of the tiles – The biggest chunk in the budget for any tiling installation or tile renovation project goes to the cost of the tile materials to be used. Select your preferred tiles at the showroom, our suppliers may offer, as added service, to calculate the estimated tile project cost.

Cost of other materials – This includes tile backing boards, if needed; coping and trim pieces; adhesives; grout; and tiling tools, among others.

Cutting wastage – Cutting tiles will result to wastage of 5%-10% of the total cost of tiles depending on whether you have a simple grid layout or an intricate one.

Labor – Labor cost can be low or high depending on project location, complexity of the layout pattern and other design requirements, demand and other factors.

Project estimates and quotations

Ceramic Tile CostYou may decide to DIY the tiling project, or you may consult a professional. As mentioned, suppliers often provide project estimates as part of sales promotion.

If you plan to DIY, you need to have an idea of the actual number of tiles you will be dealing with. Figure this out by first measuring the area to be tiled. For instance, you have a floor area 10 feet wide by 15 feet long, and you plan to use tiles that measure 2 feet by 2 feet. Along the width, you will need 5 tiles (10 feet divided by 2 feet). Along the length, you will need 7.5 tiles (15 feet divided by 2 feet). Multiplying 5 by 7.5, you get 37.5, or roughly 38 tiles. Add 5%-10% for cutting wastage. Of course, actual installations are not that simple. Surfaces to be tiled are not always in squares or rectangles, and tiles have as varied shapes and sizes as possible. Patterns can also be simple or intricate.

Suppliers’ quotations will be based on the surface area to be tiled, and tiles are generally sold in price per square foot. So be prepared to have the computed area in feet instead of meters. In the illustration above, the floor area is 150 square feet (15 feet multiplied by 10 feet). Adding wastage of, say, 10% gives you 15 square feet. The total area then is 165 square feet, and quotations will be based on that number. Ceramic tiles prices ranging from the cheap plain color tiles to the high end Italian imported tiles, depending on the product you choose and it is normally calculated per square foot. Multiply the area and the price per square foot, and you have the estimated tile cost.  For large construction and renovation projects, actual inspections are done prior to bidding for an accurate costing.

Tips for cost-effective tiling installations

• Use ceramic tiles to attain the look of wood, especially in interior areas that are prone to moisture and subjected to heavy traffic. Ceramic tiles are more durable and resistant to water and stain than wood, reducing overall cost in the long run. Wood-look ceramic tiles are offered in a wide range of colors and shades – from white ashen to dark brown tones – and will definitely add warmth to your bathroom, bedroom or kitchen.

• Reduce maintenance cost by using the appropriate type of ceramic tiles. Opt for porcelain tiles in exterior surfaces and other areas that require the enduring quality of porcelain. Make sure that the tile you use matches the purpose for which it will serve as this will significantly lower damage and cost of repair.

• Attain the look of marble, travertine and natural stone by using ceramic tiles that provide the effect at much less Ceramics are easier and cheaper to install than stone tiles. They also do not need sealing and frequent polishing that is required for stone tiles. Installed on swimming pools, patios, interior walls or flooring, these elegant tiles enhance the beauty of your living spaces and landscapes.

Mosaic ceramic tiles are often seen in bathrooms, and there’s a reason for that. Their small size allows for good traction and anti-slip protection. They are also easier to install for slanted or curved surfaces especially toward the drain of slower floors and lavatories. This special quality solves a lot of drainage and safety issues, and prevents money from going down the drain, too.

Find ways to maximize savings – it doesn’t mean that you scrimp on your budget. It simply means that you buy top-quality ceramic tiles appropriate for their usage at minimum cost. This is cost-effectiveness. Know your options from us and get the best value for your money!

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