The cost of tiling per square metre can vary widely depending on the type of tile you choose, the complexity of the installation, your location, and the labour costs in your area. However, here are some general guidelines.
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As a rough estimate, basic ceramic tiles cost around £20 per square metre. For installation, the labour cost for a medium format ceramic tile is around £20-50 per square metre. Porcelain and natural stone tiles typically cost more to purchase and install. Complex installations or custom designs can be even more expensive.
Cost of the tile per square metre
The cost of the tile itself is a significant factor. Ceramic tiles are usually cheaper than porcelain, natural stone, or mosaic tiles. However, the type and size of the tiles can have a significant impact on the labour cost (see below). Usually, you’ll want to order around 10% more than you actually need in pure square metres to allow for offcuts, damage and breakages.
Labour costs can vary significantly by location and the complexity of the job. Tiling may involve preparing the surface, cutting tiles to fit, and grouting. Skilled labour tends to cost more. If tiles need to be removed first, this can significantly increase the overall cost of the job.
Tile size and pattern
Larger tiles may cost less per square metre in terms of materials, but installation can be more labour-intensive. Heavier stone tiles can also cost more due to the need for mechanical fixing. Complex tile patterns or mosaic designs can also increase labour costs.
The cost of living and labour rates in your area will affect the overall price. Generally, London and the SE of England is more expensive than the rest of the UK.
You’ll need adhesive, grout, and silicon. You should check with your tiler whether they will supply these extras as part of their quoted price.
Cost of re-tiling a bathroom
If you’re replacing old tiling, there will be additional costs associated with removing and disposing of the old materials.
Cost of tiling a kitchen
Kitchen tiling is sometimes used for the splash back behind the sink or hob as well as floor tiling. Bear in mind that floor tiles and wall tiles would usually be specified separately due to the slip rating required for floor tiles.
Special features like heated floors or waterproofing will add to the cost.
To get an accurate cost estimate for your specific tiling project, it’s best to obtain quotes from local contractors or tile installation professionals. They can assess your project’s unique requirements and provide you with a more precise cost based on your location and the materials and labour involved.
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