Tips & Advice
What is the best tile material?
The best tile material depends on the needs and budget of the homeowners, plus the location and function of the area where the tiles are located. Many people say that porcelain tile is the best for bathrooms because it is least porous, and absorbs almost no water, plus, it is durable. Ceramic tile is popular for living rooms and kitchens, because it is less expensive than porcelain and low-maintenance. For exterior floors, stone or paver tiles are best.
What are the benefits of tile flooring?
The benefits of tile flooring are: it’s long-lasting, environmentally friendly, and hypoallergenic (because the solid, non-porous surface is not as susceptible to mold as wood and carpet). Most types of tile are also easy to clean with just warm water and a splash of mild soap. Finally, tile is cooler than carpet, which makes it very popular in hot climates.
How much does it cost to have floor tiles installed?
The cost to have floor tiles installed typically ranges $1,350-$4,500 per medium-sized room. You must figure in the cost of the flooring tile itself, the cost of other supplies, the price of labor (figure about 15 hours for one contractor), and any equipment that needs to be rented. While the cost of labor is pretty consistent--about $60 per hour--the job cost can vary widely according to what type of tile you use, and the square footage of the room you wish to tile.
How much does floor tile cost?
Depending on the type of floor tile, the grading of that tile, and the brand, tile can cost anywhere from $0.45 to $10 per square foot. The lowest cost type of tile is ceramic, and it typically costs around $2.50 per square foot, though it can cost less than $1.00 per square foot. Natural stone tile and porcelain tile generally fall within a similar range of each other: $5-$7 is the average per square foot. However, Grade One or artisan brand stone tile can cost far above the average or even the high-end ($10 per square foot). Imported Italian stone, for example, might cost more than $20-25 per square foot.
Types of tile for floors are ceramic, porcelain, paver (pressed clay), quarry tile, glass tile and natural stone. Note that ceramic and porcelain both technically fall under the umbrella of ceramic, but the industry divides porcelain into its own category based on its certified water-resistant quality. There is also “wood look” tile made of vinyl.
Does a bathroom remodel add value to a property?
According to experts a bathroom remodel might not recoup return on the original investment. However, it is one of the key renovations that can make potential buyers want to make an offer…or not. Homebuyers look for bathrooms with updated plumbing, convenient layout, and a pleasant aesthetic. That said, in older houses, where bedrooms far outnumber bathrooms, it’s advised to spend the money on a bathroom addition instead of gut-renovating the original bathroom.
Do bathroom remodeling contractors offer financing?
Yes, bathroom remodeling contractors often offer financing. Many homeowners prefer to refinance or take out a home equity line of credit. But others will see if the contractor can connect them with a lender who will set up some other type of loan. There are many types of loans available: secured and unsecured, personal, and those backed by the Federal Housing Administration.
Why is there such a wide price range for toilets?
The price range for toilets varies from $200 into the many thousands because of variables like best-flushing performance (single vs. dual flush), self-cleaning capabilities, design (one- or two-piece), and special features, like heated seats. Cosmetic elements, such as the color and the material of the toilet, also factor into the cost. Experts agree that the most expensive toilets do not necessarily function the best.
What are heated bathroom floors?
Heated bathroom floors are a popular way to warm up typically cold tile floors and keep people comfortable in their bathrooms, even when it’s chilly outside. The proper term is “radiant heat,” and it describes various methods of heating from under the floors. The least expensive method, which is popular for small spaces, uses an electric mat. Larger spaces might have electric heated coil systems installed under the tile, or hydronic systems where heated water is run through pipes below the flooring.
How long does a bathroom renovation usually take?
A bathroom renovation usually takes two to three weeks, if it’s a relatively small and straightforward job. Expect larger or more complicated remodels to last five to six weeks--not including any delays due to special material or permits. If you’re doing a gut renovation, which includes permits, specially ordered materials, and possibly up to a dozen different tradespeople, you should realistically expect it to take three to five months to complete.