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Posted by: from Vancouver
10/13/2008 at 5:21:30 PM

Hi there,

I'm currently reviewing some estimates from a couple contractors I've spoken to. One of the tasks at hand is re-tiiling the kitchen floor & backsplash, as well as the bathroom floor and tub wall. Though their quotes for tiling seem a bit high to me...

My kitchen space is about 8'x11' and the bathroom floor space (so minus the tub area) is probably around 5'x6' I'm guessing.

I've read that tile setters charge anywhere from $5-$8 per square foot. Does this include their supplies such as grout, etc.? Or would that be extra?

From these numbers, I am calculating that the kitchen floor (at ~90sqft) would cost me $1350 (at $5/sqft tile, $10/sqft labour). Does this sound correct? This of course, would not include anything like preparing a subfloor.

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Bill from Bill Carr Renovations in Baltimore
Date/Time10/16/2008 at 7:03:53 PM

Hi Melissa- prices for installation of tile vary depending on who you call. The tile being installed can change the price also- marbles, slate, etc usually are more per sq. ft. to install. I myself charge $8 sq.ft., but that often includes 1/4" to 5/8" plywood if there was no tile previously. I determine the thickness of plywood I will use by the size, span and centering of the floor joists. The ply is built into my sq. footage price because 9 times out of 10 ply is needed. I also supply thin set adhesives and grout in that price. But I think you are correct- the prices seem a little high- if they are supplying the adhesive/grout and prepping the sub floor, the prices may be in line. If you have seen/heard that their work is good, or recieved references from them, call the references & find out if they were happy. The price may not seem so bad when you get a quality job from them. Like they say- you can pay now, or pay later. Hope this helps.

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M in Vancouver
Date/Time10/21/2008 at 4:37:34 PM

Hi Bill,

Thank you for the feedback.

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