Tile flooring and tile accents are easy to love. Tile is simple to maintain, it can be customized to give you any type of décor look you’re after (hello, wood look tile!), and it adds an earthy element to a home or business that is as functional as it is beautiful. But let’s get down to what’s really important: how much is that tile installation going to take out of your wallet?
Like any residential flooring or commercial flooring project, cost will depend on materials and labor. The amount of materials necessary depends on the space of the area that is getting flooring installation, as well as the type and quality of the tile flooring materials.
Labor costs are a bit trickier to decipher when it comes to determining if you’re getting the right amount of bang for your buck. If you use an Arizona flooring company like Arizona Urban Floors that gives you a free estimate before work even begins, you’ll be able to save there. Once the project begins, speed, accuracy, and efficiency keep labor costs down – and get you back to relaxing in your home or working in your business more quickly.
Types of Tile Installation and Cost Factors
Porcelain and ceramic tile are the two main types of tile materials you can choose from. Tile plank materials that give off the appearance of wood and can save you significantly compared to installing hardwood floors are made from ceramic or porcelain but are designed to look like natural wood.
Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are made from clay and other natural materials, but porcelain tile is generally harder than ceramic because the clay in porcelain is more purified and refined. These extra steps to the porcelain tile creation process, and because porcelain is less likely to crack and works better in colder conditions, mean porcelain is more expensive than ceramic tile. Both types are durable and strong and look beautiful, but porcelain usually has more refined surface finishes and can come in a wider variety of color variations and textures.
Besides the actual tile materials cost, part of labor will be determined by the type of sub-flooring the contractor is going to be working on. For cement floors, the surface must be smoothed and cleaned to prepare for tile installation, while wood sub-flooring requires a more intensive preparation process because a backer board will need to be installed before laying the tile to prevent warped wood from causing the tiles to pop off. Uniquely shaped spaces may also increase labor costs. Labor methods such as these require tools and supplies that will factor into the overall tile flooring cost.
Why Tile Installation Consultations Are Important
With so many factors to consider for how much you’ll have to pay for tile flooring, being aware of the tile installation range is the first step in ensuring tile flooring makes sense for your space. For ceramic tile installation, the estimated total cost per square foot will range from $6.50 to $10.20. For porcelain tile installation, the estimated total cost per square foot will range from $9.70 to $18.40. Because these ranges vary so widely, getting an in-space estimate before committing to a project allows you to get to know your contractor and their methods and budget accordingly.
Arizona Urban Floors offers free in-home flooring installation estimates for Scottsdale flooring, Phoenix flooring, and beyond. If you want to learn more about how tile installation can improve your Arizona flooring, contact us for flooring installation information, or call us at 602-300-2823.