All you need to know about tiling your floor including materials, labour and time frames.
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.
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|
Individual costs for fitting 20 square metre floor tiling - Total Cost: £700