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Question DetailsAsked on 12/11/2016

cost to remove old floor tile and install new tile

I bought a house that has existing 12' ceramic tile in the kitchen and living room. I want to install 34' porcelain tile. The space is approximately 1000 square feet. I live in Florida. (Royal Palm)

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You can find previous similar questions in the Home > Tile link in Browse Projects, at lower left, with some ballpark numbers.

Commonly, removal of tile runs $2-5/SF depending on how it was put down and what subfloor it is fastened to.

Here is an AL article on the new tile installed cost -

which can run from $5-7 at the cheapest end (on subfloor ready to place it on) to more like $10 normal bottom end, on up to commonly $15-20 for fancier installation or tile. Very fancy tiles can run on up to as much as $100/SF just for the tile itself in the extreme case, of course, and even more installed with things like true gold-gilt or fancy inlay patterns which commonly run into the hundred to several hundred/SF range. Did one decades ago with over a quarter million individually cut pieces of probably about 50 different types and colors of exotic metallic-glaze outlined tile that ran, in the 70's, over $500/SF - hate to think what it would cost today - probably well over $1000/SF - just in case you feel like getting extravagant.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


Ok - 12' ceramic tile being replaced with 34' tiles - sounds like the Jolly Green Giant lives there. Presume you meant 12" floor tile - don't know what the 34' was supposed to be - presumably a type, like 4" ?

Anyway, here is a recent similar question with response, and another going into removal a bit more but not retiling, which should give you a ballpark idea of cost - though of course local bids are needed to tie down an actual price, which considering 1000SF should be a pretty decently low number in your area given the area and the general labor rates in your area.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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