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:
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.
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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A bathroom tiler does much more than simply lay tiles. Some of the other tasks they take care of include:
Read more: Where to use mosaic designs in your home
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
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:
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:
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.
For wall tiles, expect to pay in the region of:
For floor tiles, expect to pay:
For mosaic tiles, priced per sheet, expect to pay:
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#hiptip: Your tiler will quote based on the area to be tiled and the difficulty of your job
Before you make that final decision, take the time to analyse how your tiler has behaved so far:
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.