The Cost to Tile a Bathroom

All you need to know about tiling a bathroom including costs of materials, labour and time frames.

Cost to Tile a Bathroom

What the job entails

When it comes to bathroom upgrades or refurbishment, tiling is probably the number one DIY task that comes to mind. Bathroom tiling is likely the most cost-effective way to upgrade a bathroom, adding value to your home without too much in the way of additional costs. Bathroom tiles are easy to maintain whether on the floor or wall, especially if you use ceramic tiles as they are very low absorbency so are great in wet areas plus they need very little maintenance if installed correctly. Dirt and grime can simply be wiped off so the only real maintenance required is to apply a good sealant every few years. Pound for pound, bathroom tiles offer incredible value for money and if you shop around you can find some great deals. Tiles are also very durable when compared to other wall coverings and will last for years as long as they are fitted correctly using the appropriate grout and sealant. Bathroom tiles are also now available in a wide range of styles and options so you can be sure you will be able to find the perfect match for your dream bathroom.

Tiling a bathroom floor entails, first of all, measuring the floor, then preparing the underlay. The tile layout needs to be determined and then the tiles can be cut and placed using a thin-set mortar or a grout. When the adhesive or mortar has been allowed to dry the tile grout can then be applied taking care to wipe away any excess as you go. The last step is simply to apply a quality grout sealer to ensure tiles are waterproof.

Bathroom tiling is typically done as part of a larger job such as a completely new bathroom with new bath, shower and toilet and basin to be fitted. If just replacing the tiles, then you should also consider doing any jobs which usually require the tiles to be disturbed, such as installing underfloor heating, adding a radiator or replacing the existing bathroom radiator with heated towel rail.

As a DIY Project, bathroom tiles are fairly easy to install and you don't need to be a master craftsman to tile a bathroom floor or wall. But you do need to take your time and preferably get a little practice in before you start the job. Generally speaking, anyone with reasonable DIY skills should be able to do a pretty decent job when it comes to tiling a bathroom as long as they can set aside a few days and have some basic DIY experience and a lot of patience.

Before you start your bathroom tiling project you should, of course, estimate how many tiles you think you are going to need. Once you know how many tiles you think you will need, add 10% to that figure, or more if you are a complete novice in terms of tiling. This extra 10% is insurance so that you are covered in case you break or otherwise damage some of the tiles when cutting or installing them. The number of tiles you need can be worked out simply by using the measurements of the tiles you are buying and the measurements of the floor and or wall area you intend to cover with them. If you're bathroom is already tiled, you might want to consider re-grouting as this can be a much cheaper option and can result in a brand-new look.

When buying tiles always choose tiles from the same batch in store and check that they match exactly in terms of shapes and pattern. If you fail to get extra tiles at the beginning of the job, you may find that if you need more tiles later, when you visit the DIY store it may well be that you cannot get tiles that exactly match the ones you have already fitted in the bathroom! So the only option is now to finish the job with tiles but do not match exactly or to remove the tiles already fitted and start again with brand new tiles which will cost a fortune!

Light is crucial for creating quality extra space and living space should get priority of daylight and any space near the centre of the floor-plan with no light-wells should be utilised for cloakrooms, storage space and utility rooms. Light can be maximised by incorporating multiple light-wells, using a large open plan stairwell with glass balustrades and open tread steps, glass partition walls, glazed or partially glazed doors, flat roof-lights where the basement extends underneath the garden, and a good lighting scheme.

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The Cost of Tiling a Bathroom

The average material cost to tile a bathroom will vary on the type of tile you choose and of course the size of the area you're tiling. Tiles can start from as little as £0.50 each up to the more expensive options of £10 a tile!

The average tiler will usually charge around £100-£150 per day depending on location and will often work on their own to do the job. Depending on the size of the bathroom and how much prep work is required, expect the tiler to take 1-3 days to complete the job.

Below are some estimated costs of tiling a bathroom:

Job Description Avg. Cost Duration
Tile floor to ceiling in a medium-sized bathroom £800-£1000 2-3 days
Tiled around the bath & sink £400-£600 2-3 days
Tile above Sink £125-£200 1 day


Cost Breakdown

Individual costs to tile a medium-sized bathroom from the floor to ceiling - Total Cost: £800

65%

Materials
£520

35%

Tradesmen
£280

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Waste Removal
£0

FAQ's

Before you decide on the right type of tile for your bathroom floor project, you should probably take advice from a good tile supplier as there are ways in which tiles are measured and compared to determine how slippery they will be under wet conditions. But you should note that no tiles will ever be 100 percent slip-proof.
Porcelain tiles are particularly popular as they are very low absorbency and are hard wearing on both walls or floors. But bathroom tiles can be made from porcelain, ceramic, natural stone or a glass. Natural stone tile products are much more expensive, however.
Almost any type of tile can put in a bathroom so you should really concentrate on simply choosing a towel that you like! Although you should obviously avoid glazed ceramic tiles or similar for the bathroom floor as these can be very slippery when wet.
Larger floor tiles can make a bathroom space feel larger and can create a contemporary look that works really well for modern bathroom designs.
No, wall tiles will not be strong enough to be walked on so will not have the durability you're looking for if installed on a floor. They may look good initially, but will not last before needing to be replaced again!
You can install new tiles over existing tiling as long as the existing tiling is still firmly fixed to the wall. But before starting you need to thoroughly clean and degrease the existing tile surfaces to get the best possible results.