The Cost To Fit Floor Tiling

All you need to know about tiling your floor including materials, labour and time frames.

Floor Tiling

What the job entails

This article is all about the floor tiling costs charged by tilers and kitchen/bathroom installers in the UK. Typically, this work will entail collecting the chosen tiles from the DIY store along with the grout, the moving of furniture and appliances for access (if moving gas cooker and disconnecting then a gas engineer will be required), he laying of the tiles and the removal and disposal of all waste. Quotes typically do not include VAT, unless you choose a larger VAT registered company, but most tradesman operate under the VAT threshold (probably by design).

The main related job that may be wanted alongside floor tiling is new skirting boards. To fit floor tiles professionally the skirting boards will have to come off anyway (or at least be lifted up), so this is the best (i.e. the cheapest) time to replace them as the labour costs are mostly included in the floor tiling price anyway. Of course, if you are doing the skirting boards, decorating will likely be next up as the removal of skirting will often damage the plasterwork, requiring patching up and new paint or wallpaper to finish.

When purchasing floor tiles, always allow an extra 25% or more for breakages and waste. Breakages can even happen in transport on the way back from the DIY store, but are more common as the tiles are being cut to size. In addition, mistakes made during measuring will always happen to everyone, no matter how careful they are! To save money you could do the job yourself if a DIY enthusiast. You can even do just parts of the job yourself to keep costs down, for example you could collect the new tiles, lift the old flooring and skirting boards, plus take away all the waste after the job, just leaving the tradesman to lay the floor tiles. This would be much cheaper but you would still get the tiles done professionally!

Note, it's free for homeowners to dispose of waste at the local recycling tip, but tradesman have to pay to get rid of commercial waste! Choosing a small business is another good way of saving money, their overheads are lower anyway which is already reflected in their prices, plus they will also likely be under the VAT threshold, so prices will automatically be 20% cheaper.

Floor tiling can be done as a DIY project, but if you are not careful a few mistakes can end up costing you just as much as hiring a professional! Tiling around toilet pedestals or unusual room shapes can be really difficult and the inexperienced can go through a lot of tiles trying to get a decent finish! It is a fiddly job that requires patience, so if this does not sound like you – leave it to the professional.

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The Cost To Fit Floor Tiles

The average cost of fitting floor tiles in an average sized room is typically around £600-£700. The typical price which includes the cost of the floor tiles plus grout and self-levelling compound if needed, plus the labour. The price assumes mid-range standard sized tiles costing £25 per square metre or less and a standard shaped room with no gas engineers or electricians required to remove/refit appliances.

The standard labourer will often charge £150-£200 a day to install floor tiling. The job on average takes one day to complete but may take 2-3 days depending on the number of rooms and size, and how easy it is to fit the tiles.

Below are some estimated costs of hiring a tradesmen to fit £25 per square metre floor tiles:

Room Size Avg. Cost Duration
10 sq metres £400 1 day
20 sq metres £700 1-2 days
30 sq metres £1000 1-2 days

Cost Breakdown

Individual costs for fitting 20 square metre floor tiling - Total Cost: £700






Waste Removal


Small rooms like bathrooms can be done in a single day. But if you want the skirting boards lifted and tiles underneath, or if there are kitchen appliances which need to be removed and then reinstalled by engineers, then expect work to carry over into the second day. Larger rooms will take 2-3 days, and awkwardly shaped rooms which will require more cutting and measuring will take even longer. The size of the tile chosen has a big impact too, small tiles will require much more measuring, cutting and grouting. Whereas larger tiles cover more area with less work, so are not just quicker, they are effectively cheaper when you take into account labour costs.
The typical price which includes the cost of the floor tiles plus grout and self-levelling compound if needed, plus the labour, is on average around £600. This price assumes mid-range standard sized tiles costing £25 per square metre or less and a standard shaped room with no gas engineers or electricians required to remove/refit appliances. When getting quotes for floor tiling always get the companies to visit before providing quotations, rough prices over the phone are no good, you need an exact price to compare before making a decision.
Measurements can be daunting, what if you don't buy enough tiles then find that they've been discontinued! However, it's actually quite simple to calculate how many floor tiles you need. Just work out the square meter-age by multiplying the width by the length of the room. Then, multiply the length and width of a single floor tile, then simply divide the area to be tiled by the area of one tile. This gives the number of tiles you need, but remember to add 25% to this figure to cover breakages, mistakes and sods law!
Underfloor heating can certainly be used with most types of floor tiles on sale, but some tiles are better suited to underfloor heating than others, as they conduct heat better and will therefore give you a warmer room than other floor tiles. Natural stone tiles and ceramic tiles tend to work the best with underfloor heating as they have a hard surface and can maintain a warm temperature for longer. If you have underfloor heating, always check with the tile manufacturers to ensure you choose the correct type of floor tile.
No, you can generally do it the other way round, using floor tiles on walls, but unless the tile specifies that it is suitable for use on floors, it's not recommended, as floor tiles are generally thicker than wall tiles, designed to cope with people walking on them, plus you also need to bear in mind the slip ratings which are obviously not applicable for wall tiles. Certain porcelain and ceramic tiles, and even natural stone floor tiles, are designed to provide more resistance against slipping, making them safer for use in bathrooms and kitchens. Whereas wall tiles may make your kitchen floor or bathroom like an ice rink!