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Question DetailsAsked on 4/8/2013

what is the average labor cost per square foot for a high-end tile job in chicago?

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Apologies for the delay in answering your question!

I think the answer would depend on what kind of tile job you're looking to accomplish. Is the application for something like a kitchen backsplash, or a shower enclosure or a ceramic tile floor? Of course, it's always a good idea to get multiple estimates using - regardless the project - to make a good apples-to-apples price comparison.

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Answered 7 years ago by JP


Depends a lot on the product you are installing, and what the existing surface is. Generally, a laminate or slab countertop or backsplash product might be $5/SF, because it is basically just glued on. Straight out-of-the-box tile or manufactured stone products with only perimeter cuts to fit might run more around $5-10/SF depending on prep/base work needed, and natural stone can run $10-20/SF or more. Custom patterns can run all the way up to $100/SF for extremely fancy cut work, such as family crests or logos or "pictures" like scenes or animals done in tile or stone.

Generally, vertical work will be about 25% more than horizontal, except as much as 100% more for detailed patterns.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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