Tile Ideas For Tub Surround

By James Figy

Angie’s List

Tile gives bathrooms an upscale appearance, and it’s more durable than many other materials. But installing tile also costs more than bathtub surrounds or vinyl flooring.

Whether you’ve decided on your products or are still gathering bathroom floor and shower tile ideas, here’s how much you can expect to pay.

What’s the average cost to install bathroom tile?

In general, retiling a full bathroom, including shower walls and flooring, can cost $10,000 to $25,000, Costhelper.com says.

Jeff Veglia, owner of Jeff Veglia Remodeling & Tile Contracting in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, says most remodels cost $18,000 without fixtures, which add about $4,000 more.

“Most of them are about $22,000 to $25,000,” Veglia says “So it all depends on what the average person wants to do in their bathroom.”

For tile, materials and installation, a tub surround costs about $3,000 to $4,000, says Carlos Martinez, first officer of C-Bek Tile & Stone Design in North Hollywood, California. Floor tile adds another $3,000 to $4,500 or more, depending on the room’s size. A walk-in shower typically costs between $2,500 and $5,000, but some companies charge more than $10,000, he says, adding that tile selections change the prices.

Do involved bathroom tile designs change costs?

While square footage matters, tile installers account for the complexity of the tile pattern and tile size when pricing a job, says Andrew Forsmark, owner of Nordic Tile in Minneapolis.

“A general rule of thumb is that the smaller the tile, the more expensive it will cost to install,” he says.

Residential bathroom tile jobs almost always require a mix of tiles and patterns, which changes with each job, Veglia says. More complexity means higher labor costs.

“If I’m using a 6-by-6 (inch) ceramic tile, just plain, straight up and down, that’s very fast,” Veglia says. “If I do a three different design shower, with a 12-by-12 staggered on the bottom, a border in the middle and a 6-by-6 at a diagonal on the top, that just doubled my work.”

Hire smart for your bathroom tile job

Forsmark advises homeowners to do their research and be wary of the cheapest bid when it comes to bathroom tile installation.

“Good tile work not only looks good but will also stand the test of time,” Forsmark says. “A lot of deficient tile setters take shortcuts in their prep work — not using the correct backer board, not waterproofing seams or not using the right materials to set the actual tile with.”

To hire smart, get multiple bids and ask the installers questions about the methods and materials they will use to revamp your bathroom’s tile style.

— James Figy is a reporter for Angie’s List, a trusted provider of local consumer reviews and an online marketplace of services from top-rated providers.

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