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How Much Does it Cost to Tile a Bathroom?

Last Updated Jul 14, 2016 · Written by Craig Gibson


A big part of renovating a bathroom is the tiling. In fact, if you're happy with the layout of your existing bathroom and its fittings, new tiles may be all you need to give your bathroom a makeover. Is tiling worth it, though? How much does it cost to tile a bathroom?*

The cost of tiles is just one part of the overall cost of tiling a bathroom and can be only a relatively minor cost. If you're re-tiling, you'll also need to factor in the cost of removing old tiles and will probably also need to pay to have a waterproof membrane installed on the floor. Keep these things in mind when you get quotes from tilers, because some may only give you cheaper ballpark figures, while others will give you more detailed quotes.

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

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How can a tiler help you?

A tiler does much more than simply lay tiles. Some of the other jobs they may have to do include:

As a rule, tilers look at each part of the job a little differently. They may have a set fee for retiling a standard sized shower floor and may be able to give a firm quote for tiling walls, but will probably need more details for tiling a floor, since there will be more surface preparation and tile cutting needed on the floor.

Does my bathroom tiler need to be licensed?

There is no uniform nationwide requirement for tilers to be licensed, so you need to check what applies where you live. In NSW and Queensland for example, wall and floor tilers (and waterproofers) are all required to be licensed.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) defines tiling as, “...cut and fix tile, including ceramic, glass, marble, slate, stone and terracotta tiles, to fireplaces, floors, hearths, spas, swimming pools and walls”.

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

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 written quote?
  • Do you have references I can follow up?
  • Can I see examples of your work?

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How much does a bathroom tiler cost?

Tilers use a number of factors to calculate their rate, specifically:

  • The size of the job
  • How difficult your job is

Expect to pay more for them to lay patterned, asymmetrical, contrasting or feature tiles. If your job is very intricate with lots of cut outs and details then you are also going to pay more.

Tilers charge by the hour or by the job, but in either case, they calculate their charges based on their hourly rate. On average, expect to pay anywhere from:

  • $35 per square metre to $120 per square metre for tiling
  • $60 per square metre, which is the average for laying bathroom tiles

Remember your tiles are a separate cost.

#hiptip: Get your tiler to provide a written quote for your entire job, rather than getting an approximate based on their hourly rate

Their hourly rate is not a good reflection of the cost of your job, though, so always get quotes for the job rather than ask what they charge per hour. In most cases, a quote will include everything except the tiles, so you'll also need to get prices for tiles before you can determine the final cost.

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How much do tiles cost?

The cost of your tiles are a major factor for your bathroom renovation project. Tiles come at a range of price points.

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)
  • $159 per square metre for artisan manufactured ceramic wall tiles (200mm x 200mm)

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)

Getting quotes from a bathroom tiler

 

It's always best to get 3 quotes for tilers, but in order to make a fair comparison, there are some important things to look for, starting with an itemised, written quote. Some questions to ask yourself when comparing quotes include:

  • Does the quote include tiles?
  • Does the quote include removal of old tiles and surface preparation?
  • Is sealing, waterproofing (if needed) and polishing the tiles included in the quote?

In order to get an accurate idea of how much tiling your bathroom will cost, give the tilers you get quotes from as many details as possible before they come and inspect your bathroom in person.

  • How many square metres of wall need tiling?
  • How many square metres of floor have to be tiled?
  • Is the floor rectangular or do they need to work around a vanity and toilet?
  • Will they be doing a standard tiling job or do you want to create a pattern with different sizes or colours of tiles?

The more details you can provide tilers with, the more accurate their initial quotes can be.

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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