Got 2 estimates for installing 80 sq ft 12 x 12 porcelain tiles in
One was a handyman for around $7 a sq ft , $560 to $700, and a
company that estimated around $800 without removing the current wooden
floor which is tongue and grove laminated, to $1000 with removing the
wooden floor. This is Brooklyn new york...it does sound excessive for
a $160 cost of tiles in a straight and forward job of 80 sq ft. I
realize the cost of the tiles has nothing to do with the labor.
yeah, so? you got your question answered. congratulations. you now know how
to get estimates in the future. if you don't like those estimates, either
continue to call until you get one you like, diy, or don't get it done.
I think most of the cost is preping the floor for tiles. If the floors are
built with osb board then its gotta be ripped up and plywood grade has to
be layed down. Then dont forget the cement board, screws, Thinset, grout,
and then the laybor of cutting tile/laying it and getting everything right.
You know, If you are in good physical shape you can do it yourself like
others have suggested. I did my kitchen and the walkway from it to the
front door. Im not sure I saved a bunch of money because I had to buy the
tools also but it was a fantastic experience and one that you will
remember as thru the years you show it off to friends.
Do it yourself if you can!
I bought a tile striker. It cuts only straight lines. But I would invest
in a decent wet saw - Heres why -> If you screw things up because you dont
have the right tools, Then you live with it for quite a while.
I really would check if you can put tile over tougne and grove though. Be
sure the first time.
Tile cutter I got was from Home Depot. I think it was about 20 bucks or
less. Not a real expensive one. But you can get a decent wet saw for this
type of situation for around 100 bucks. I didnt buy a wet saw first time I
tiled and regret it all the way.
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