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How Much Does Bathroom Tiling Cost?

Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 · Written by Craig Gibson


There's no better way to perk up a bathroom's appearance than with new tiles. But how do you keep your project’s budget from spiralling out of control?

The first step is to do your homework and decide exactly what you want to achieve. Then work out what your budget is and how much everything is going to cost. This article will help you understand:

  • How a tiler can help you
  • Questions to ask before you hire a them
  • How much they may charge

Which Tiles for Your Bathroom?

There are many different types of tiles that are suitable for use in a bathroom including:

Ceramic: the most common tiles in a range of sizes, finishes and price points.

Limestone: a popular stone flooring that needs to be sealed if laid in the bathroom.

Mosaic: manufactured from stone, glass and ceramic and popular for creating visual interest and patterns.

Marble and granite: very durable but relatively expensive and need to have slip resistance rating for use in the bathroom.

Porcelain: extremely durable and together with ceramic tiles, the most popular tiles for bathrooms.

Terracotta: unglazed tiles in rusty red tones that must be sealed if they are to be used in your bathroom.

Bathroom Tiling Practicalities - Slipping & Sealing

For your safety tiles in the bathroom need to have some degree of slip resistance to them. This is normally achieved by a special coating or by machining their surface during the manufacturing process. If you are laying unglazed tiles, like terracotta clay tiles, these need to be sealed as they are porous.

Read more: Understanding Tile Slip Resistance Ratings

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What Does a Bathroom Tiler Do?

A bathroom tiler does much more than simply lay tiles. Some of the other tasks they take care of include:

  • Tile removal
  • Surface preparation
  • Levelling and/or sloping the surface to be tiled
  • Grouting and regrouting
  • Sealing and/or polishing tiles
  • Waterproofing, an essential step before tiling takes place

Read more: Where to use mosaic designs in your home

Does my Bathroom Tiler Need to be Licensed?

Licensing is regulated on a state by state basis. There is no nationwide licensing requirement for tilers, but in some states, such as NSW and Queensland, wall and floor tilers (and waterproofers) are all required to be licensed.

NSW Fair Trading defines a tile as, “...a thin plate of regular or irregular shape made from fired clay, moulded concrete, ceramics or natural material or other similar manufactured material” and wall and floor tiling as, “the affixing of tiles for functional or decorative use on internal or external surfaces of buildings.”

In other states you should ask your bathroom tiler for their qualification and/or to see examples of their work.

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#hiptip: Get at least three quotes before you commit to hiring anyone, so you can compare price and level of service

Hiring a Bathroom Tiler

When it comes time to hiring a bathroom tiler, take time to make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask then include:

  • Are you licensed for my job?
  • Are you insured to work in my home?
  • How long will my job take?
  • Can you provide a detailed, written quote?
  • Do you have references I can follow up?
  • Can I see examples of your work?

Read more: 5 tips for selecting the right bathroom tiling

How Much Does Bathroom Tiling Cost?

Tilers charge hourly rates of around $45 to $60 an hour on average, but that's not the best way to find out how much your bathroom tiling job is going to cost. A better way is to first find the tiles you want and then get quotes from tilers. The reason why you want to choose your tiles first is because tilers' rates often vary depending on the tiles they lay. For example:

  • Vinyl tiling is the easiest to lay and therefore the cheapest per square metre, starting at $40 and going up to as much as $95.
  • Ceramic tiling rates start at about $88 per square metre and can go up to $150 or more.

Why is there such a disparity in costs? Part of the reason will have to do with the difficulty of the job. Straight tiling, for instance, will probably cost less than patterned or asymmetrical tiling. If you want contrasting tiles or feature tiles, this will cost more as well.

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For wall tiles, expect to pay in the region of:

  • $20 to $28 per square meter for standard white ceramic wall tiles (600mm x 300mm)
  • $68 per square metre for steel grey polished porcelain wall tiles (150mm x 600mm)
  • $86 per square metre for handmade Spanish white gloss ceramic subway tiles (150mm x 75mm)

For floor tiles, expect to pay:

  • $35 to $50 per square meter for ceramic or porcelain tiles
  • $50 to $100 per square meter for high quality porcelain
  • $80 to $130 per square meter for high quality natural stone tiles

For mosaic tiles, priced per sheet, expect to pay:

  • $33 for one pebble effect mosaic sheet (300mm x 300mm)
  • $47 for one interlocking mosaic sheet (300mm x 290mm)

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#hiptip: Your tiler will quote based on the area to be tiled and the difficulty of your job

Getting Quotes from a Bathroom Tiler

Before you make that final decision, take the time to analyse how your tiler has behaved so far:

  • Did they have a professional approach?
  • Did they arrive at your home on time?
  • Were they willing to provide you with a detailed written quote?
  • Were they courteous and happy to answer all your questions?
  • Were they neat in appearance? This can be a good indicator of how neatly they work and clean up after they have finished.

The best way of finding out the cost of your tiling job is to get quotes from local bathroom tilers. This will give you a sense of what market rates currently are.

* All the costs and prices quoted were sourced at the time this article was written. They are indicative, may vary locally, are subject to market forces and should only be used as a guide.

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