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Question DetailsAsked on 12/3/2011

Is $1000.00 to tile the floor only of very small 23 sq. ft. bathroom too much? It is 8 ft by 3 ft

The existing floor is Pergo but I want to change it to tile. The toilet and small vanity are new with new flexible snake like pipes to the sink and to the wall for the toilet for easier removal. I already purchased the tile the other day and now the contractor wants $1000.00 to tile the bathroom, which comes out to $80.00 per hour or $160.00 per hour if he does it in one day. I live in suburb right outside of boston. This just feels like too much money.

Any thoughts anyone?

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$1000.00 is way too much to pay. Check with other contractors in your area. I grew up in Providence and installed flooring there for 20 years before moving away.

Answered 8 years ago by Al Monti


I don't know what the going rates are in your area but that's a bit high i think even there. If the tiles are 12x12 I always recommend letting them set up for 24 hours before grouting which does add labor cost due to an additional trip. Many of the thin set manufacturers recommend this as well for good adhesion and curing of the thin set. There really is no reason why he can't do this in 2 days. Not even full days, mind you, but you'll likely have to pay for full days to make such a small area worth a contractor's time. Good quality thin set runs about $20 for small bag which will more than do that space. 2 pieces of 1/4" backer board and teo tubes of adhesive will do the job. With screws that's only about $30-35. Assuming you are providing the grout and new toilet wax ring to reinstall the toilet he's only out about $50-60 for materials.

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


The only other option not mentioned by the others so far is if there is some kind of prep-work or sub-floor issue that must be addressed. Tile is much more dependant on a solid base than Pergo. The cost to just install tile is high; unless the contractor needs to reinforce the floor, solve leveling issues, etc. Even with removing the Pergo, the cost is high.

Also not mentioned is if this includes a tile base / cove corners and if the entire 8 x 3 area is open, or if there are a lot of knee walls, corners, etc.

Since you are providing the tile, just the labor and mud set is coming from the contractor; and assuming the room is an open rectangle, your cost is high if it is a straight install with no prep work.


Answered 8 years ago by Kenny Johnson

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