Whether it’s a bathroom, living area or kitchen floor that needs a new makeover, understanding the costs involved will help you prepare well for the upcoming project. Because we consider ourselves tiling experts, there’s nothing more important to us than helping our clients prepare well for their next flooring project. Floors must be designed to take a beating which means you need to settle for a material that is durable and can take whatever is thrown at it. But first, you need to figure out how much you’re likely to spend on your next floor renovation.
The cost of flooring material
Flooring materials vary in prices and you need to choose one that suits your needs and budget. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are the most common. Since porcelain is more durable than ceramic, it costs more. However, you may find yourself spending more on ceramic tiles depending on the finish, style, and texture you choose. The cost will vary significantly from project to project. Overall, tile floors, whether ceramic or porcelain, area better investment because of they last longer and don’t wear out as easily as other flooring materials like carpets. Additionally, installing tile floors in a home can instantly boost its resale value.
Understand the different properties and styles available
Porcelain and ceramic tiles both present a wealth of possibilities depending on what suits your project. With porcelain tiles, you get a dense and durable product that is made using heat refined clay. Ceramic, on the other hand, comes with so many shapes and patterns because it’s easy to cut out. What one person may consider the best tile may not be the ideal one for someone else’s project. What is best depends on where it’s being used and one’s preferred style?
Ceramic versus porcelain tile costs
You can get ceramic tiles for as low as $1 a square foot but if you want to get stronger and thicker ceramics, budget for $4-$8 a square foot. Porcelain tiles cost up to $2 more per square foot than ceramic tiles. However, they are more durable than the conventional ceramics which can get worn out easily when exposed to heavy traffic. To determine how durable the tiles are, check the PEI rating. If the tiles have a PEI of 3 or higher then it’s an indication that they are durable and can withstand medium to heavy foot traffic. Anything less than PEI 3 is only recommended for the walls. Tiles with a standard size will also cost less than the larger tiles which cost more to produce.
Consider the installation costs
The cost of installation will vary depending on the size of the project as well as the floor plan. You may be charged up to $5 per square foot to install tiles on your bathroom floor. If there are so many obstacles on the bathroom floor such as showers and vanities where the installer will be required to make cuts, you may end up paying more. Wet or damp areas will need a waterproof membrane which hikes the cost of installation further.