We went to a large flooring store in NJ. We liked a Duraceramic tile.
The sample on display had grout lines and a price of about $4.65 / sq.
ft for the tile and about $2.65 for installation. I had a sketch of my
kitchen and the salesperson said it would be approx. $1100 total
After the store did a pre-measurement of our kitchen, they said that
the tiles would cost $770 but the installation would be another $1200
for a total of $1900. This seemed unreasonable as the tile is simply
going over an existing linoleum floor just using thin-set. They added
extra for the glue, the grout and separate labor for grouting, in
addition to actually laying the tile.
Is this an unreasonable cost for installation? Shouldn't the
installating be less than the tile cost and include materials? If yes,
what percentage is average for a simple floor? Thanks.
Maybe I'm the only one confused here, but since when does vinyl tile
involve thin-set and grout? And when does any tile involve both thin-
set and glue? I'm also no too sure about thin-set over linoleum.
Don't know about the grout. I had Dura Ceramic installed in my kitchen
without the grout. The grout for this tile is special. This tile is a
composite tile that uses special glue and special grout. It does not use
thinset. I doubt that it would install directly over linoleum and retain the
mfg warranty. My installer put in a new 1/4" underlayment floor and the cost
was no where near your quote. I would get another quote and make sure you
understand what they are going to do a warrant.
FWIW this product seems a bit fragile to sharp points. Since it is a
composite, if you poke a hole in the tile, the crushed limestone sandwiched
in the center shows through pretty noticeably.
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